The Rule of 3

The Rule of 3 is a productivity tactic that has you outlining your long and short-term goals. By making your goals clear, you are making yourself accountable and you know exactly what you are working toward.

The idea is to identify three outcomes you want to achieve for the year, then three for the week, and another three for the day:

Identify 3 Goals for the Year: These are the long-term goals you want to achieve in the next 12 months.

Identify 3 Goals for the Week: At the beginning of every week, take a look at all the things (small and large) you want to achieve in the next seven days. Then, identify the three that are the most important to you.

Identify 3 Goals for the Day: At the beginning of every day, mentally fast-forward to the end of the day and ask yourself, ‘When the day is over, what three things will I want to have accomplished?’”. Write those three things down.

At the end of each week, reflect on your progress and identify which aspects of your goals are going well and which need more of your attention. This will help you stay on track and give you a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small some goals may seem.

Summing-up: The Rule of 3 lets you feel a sense of organization and control from the very start. When you wake up in the morning with hundreds of tasks on your mind, let the cream rise to the top. What are the most meaningful, achievable outcomes you want to see today? Practice identifying those, and then do them.

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