The Rule of Three

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Today was a day filled with baby animals, of all species and sizes. Every year, the Norwegian Kings farm, Kongsgården, releases all the cows into the open fields for the summer pastures. It’s an event marked by showing off all the lovely animals at the farm, farmers markets with locally sourced ingredients, horseback riding, and most importantly, watching all the cows frolic into the fields. They were literally bouncing and jumping for joy when they were let out, and seeing them butt heads and run back and forth was such a lovely sight. I can’t wait to work with these gentle giants at one of my local dairy farms over the summer.

However, until then, I have to keep up the productivity. Which is why I thought I’d share one very valuable productivity tip I’ve read about recently, namely the “Rule of Three”.

The premise of the rule is simple; when making a “to do”-list; limit yourself to three to-dos. How do you decide what three things that deserve a spot on such a restrictive list you might ask? Well, that is where the next part of the Rule of Three comes into play.

You see, before putting anything into your daily planner, figure out these three things;

1. What three things do you want to accomplish this year?

2. What three things do you want to accomplish this week?

3. What three things do you want to accomplish today?

By thinking about what the overarching goals for the upcoming year/week are you can better determine what tasks has the biggest return on investment today for making you achieve those goals in the future.

What I’m currently doing is making one personal list and one academic list, and then working from those two to figure out my daily to-dos. What you’ll notice in compiling these lists is that not all to-dos are created equal, and as author of “The Productivity Project” Chris Bailey states;

“Productivity isn’t about doing more things — it’s about doing the right things.”

If you’re interested in reading more about the Rule of Three, click the link to Chris Bailey’s blog “A Life of Productivity” here, and click here to buy his book.

The day ended with birthday celebrations and lovely puppy cuddles. All in all, a great Sunday!

The day ended with birthday celebrations and lovely puppy cuddles. All in all, a great Sunday!