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The 1-3-5 Rule

Do you every look at your to do list and wonder how you are ever going to get things done?

Break things down and prioritize! Each day I have my To Do items limited to 9 things:


1 BIG, 3 Medium, 5 small


The Big To Do item I try to book 1 hour in the morning when I am clear headed and haven’t gotten bogged down with the day.

Medium things I block off 2 hours and use the Pomodoro Technique:


The Small items are meeting prep, follow-ups and regular admin tasks and can each take 10-15 minutes.


So, in all reality I have 4 hours of my day “BOOKED” to work on my to do list in my calendar. And don't forget to book times for taking a lunch, a short walk, some sunshine time. If not, your day will be all work and meetings and no self-care.


-Mary French, PMP

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