KEEP ALL TASKS – BIG AND SMALL – MOVING FORWARD
Use The 1-3-5 Rule
Not all tasks are created equal
- There are big, medium, and small tasks, and they all need to be done
Different sized tasks present a challenge
- How do you keep from doing all the big tasks because they’re big, or all small tasks because there are a lot of them?
The 1-3-5 rule is the answer
- This rule helps you structure your day to make sure tasks of all sizes are consistently moving forward
Plan your day using the 1-3-5 rule
1 BIG task to do – Put together my TedX presentation, write a chapter in my productivity book, record and edit 3 videos for the blog, etc.
- 3 medium tasks to do – Follow up with Bob on the Smith project, clean my desk of clutter, plan for grocery shopping tomorrow, etc.
- 5 small tasks to do – Order the part for the stove, write a Thank You card to Miranda, search for a great raspberry cheesecake recipe, etc.
- 9 tasks total each day
The rule creates success momentum
- If you do it right, by the end of the week you will have completed 5 BIG tasks, 15, medium tasks, and 25 small tasks – pure awesome!
- Review your list of to-do’s and plan tomorrow using this structure.
- Be flexible. Always complete at least 1 BIG task, but for some days, you may need to mix and match medium and small tasks – that’s OK!