The Rule of 3: Taking Back Control of Your Time

Feeling like time has control of you versus you controlling it? The Rule of 3 productivity technique allows you to focus on achieving three meaningful outcomes every day/week/month/year. Here are the steps:

  1. If you haven’t already done so, capture your tasks on a daily to-do list.
  2. Now take this massive to-do list, and select the three most important results you can achieve today and commit to doing those above all else. Ask yourself, “What 3 things, if I accomplished them today, would make today a good day?” Remember to choose outcomes, not tasks, and ensure that they match its timeline.
  3. The Rule of 3 isn’t meant to be rigid. Over the course of a day/week/month/year, new priorities might come about. If the new thing is more important than one of the three outcomes you’ve identified, just replace it. However, make sure that the new thing actually is more important i.e. that your are not reacting to the (seemingly) urgent without regard to accomplishing the important.
  4. At the end of the selected timeframe, review these 3 outcomes. Did you achieve them? Appreciate what has worked well and make any adjustments to what didn’t work as well.

The Rule of 3 is flexible, and can be applied to each relevant timeframe i.e. today, this week, this month, this year. The goals set under the Rule of 3 are entirely up to you.