How it works
ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE RULES FOR those who suffer from the inability to plan their tasks properly is the so-called 1-3-5 rule. Under this rule, you should plan not more than 9 tasks per day. So you’ll be aable to perform 4 pretty important tasks, and there will be time for 5 small ones – for example, to take jacket from dry cleaning or to pay bills.
Unfortunately, the making to-do-lists is not a panacea for those who have problems with doing things on time, or their performance in general. The difficulty may be that the list is too big or unstructured. In this case, the 1-3-5 rule is a perfect solution. The rules may vary, it’s just a way to organize your tasks and the scheduled time for them (you can even create your own system: 1-2-3, 2-4-9, etc., depending on your lifestyle and the amount of work that you have to perform daily.
This rule works because it helps to set priorities and divides time intervals between the tasks, depending on their importance. It also helps in case of unexpected changes in the daily schedule or the sudden appearance of important tasks.
Today, everyone seems to be overwhelmed with the endless list of tasks to be done. You wake up in the morning, start working, working and working, and at the end of the day you realize that you have no idea of what did you do. You know that you have been working and performing some tasks, but you don’t seem to have finished anything. This is so frustrating!
Making endless to-do-lists only leads to even greater procrastination. Why do we use them? What’s the point, if we still have to work all day? To be productive, you need to see the results of every day, to know that in the end you will have time to spend on yourself.