About a week and a half ago, I wrote a blog post challenging myself to follow the Rule of 3. For those of you who haven’t read that post, the Rule of 3 is the idea of writing down three daily goals: three for work, and three for your personal life. I got the idea from a book called The Productivity Project.
I started doing this because I wasn’t hitting my goals effectively. If the goals are only in my head, there’s no telling if they’ll actually get done. Writing them down makes it real, and keeps me accountable to myself.
For the past ten days, I’ve been following the Rule of 3, and I can easily say it’s had a very positive effect. The Rule of 3, when followed, definitely is in illustration of how small things can really, really add up over time.
I’ve been killing it as far as my business goals. In the past week and a half, I’ve written over 15,000 words, edited forty pages of the Wasteland Prequel I’m working on, and I finally got my paperback for Dissolution published through Amazon. I also have been regularly updating my blog, have been better about engaging readers through social media (including these blog posts), and am almost done with my yearly taxes.
As far as personal goals, I’ve also accomplished a lot. I’ve been cooking more instead of eating out, and I’ve hit the gym three times a week. I finally assembled a bookshelf that we got from the wedding three months back. I’ve even made more time for reading. I scheduled fun things, too, which I can honestly say I’ve never done in my life. I enjoyed a nice day at the ball park watching the Astros do their spring training, something I’ve always wanted to do since moving to West Palm Beach.
In short, I never thought I’d be the type of person to make lists and cross things out. If this is only ten days, I wonder just how much can be accomplished in a month with this method.
I really don’t want to sound like I’m shilling the Rule of 3, but I think if you’re like me, and find that you’re losing a lot of time to things that don’t matter instead of focusing on the things that do matter, you should give the Rule of 3 a shot for at least a week and see how it goes. I’m realizing that this is something that could potentially be life-changing if it’s faithfully adhered to daily. But even thinking about that seems daunting, so I’m just going to take it a day at a time.