It feels good to be productive, but it’s not uncommon to look back at your day and feel like you’ve accomplished little to nothing, especially if you’ve been burning the midnight oil and working piecemeal on a multitude of projects. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by your tasks, and subsequently underwhelmed by your perceived lack of progress, J.D. Meier suggests that you only bite off three things you can accomplish each day:
Start your day with The Rule of 3. Know the minimum you want for the day – simply identify three results. These are your “tests for success.” It’s your chance to define your success, and you get a clean slate each day…Remember that these three outcomes aren’t tasks. You might have lots of tasks that roll up to these three outcomes, but these are three results your want for the day.
Set healthy boundaries for yourself. The Rule of 3 will give you clarity and help you focus on the right things. When you’re fully engaged, you’ll produce your best results. And by consistently achieving a good day’s work, chances are you’ll keep going.