How You Can Apply James Clear’s 2-Minute Rule to Almost Any Situation

Stop procrastination with these baby steps.

Eva Keiffenheim
Ascent Publication
Published in
4 min readNov 28, 2020

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James Clear is the habit guru of our times. For years he’s been experimenting with building better habits as an entrepreneur and writer. When you read through his annual reviews from 2013–2019, you’ll realize he’s walking his talk.

You know a book was worth your time when the application of what you read improved your life.

Clear’s Atomic Habits was such a book for me. The 2-Minute Rule improved how I approach new desired habits. It helped me smooth into a daily yoga and meditation practice. But the 2-Minute Rule can help you with any other habit you want to implement.

Here’s how and why the concept works as well as real-life examples of how you can best use it for you.

When you start a new habit…

… it should take less than two minutes.

This makes your habits incredibly easy to start with. Instead of tackling a big task, all it takes is one micro-step. And once you’ve started doing your desired activity, it becomes easier to continue with it.

Clear’s 2-Minute Rule builds on David Allen’s productivity tip to do everything that takes less than two minutes…

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Eva Keiffenheim
Ascent Publication

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