Use The 1-3-5 Rule



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 Use The 1-3-5 Ruleare 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 taskspure awesome!Use The 1-3-5 Rule


  • 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!Use The 1-3-5 Rule

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