My 2:5 Rule

If you predict that an unscheduled task is going to take 2 minutes, then you should not attempt it when you are within 5 minutes of your next scheduled task.

Your prediction may or may not become reality; things often take longer than expected.

In addition to that, other unexpected things always appear.

Attempting 2-minute tasks within the 5-minute zone of obligations (like meetings) almost always makes the obligation suffer.

Conversely, leaving yourself a minimum 5-minute buffer before an obligation – sometimes a longer buffer is even better – will allow you to be fully present, calm, and poised.

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