To Do List Goals: The 1-3-5 Tactic
I LOVE this tactic. I first read about it on The Muse in this article: Why You Never Finish Your To-Do Lists at Work (And How to Change That) and have since incorporated it into my life.
The 1-3-5 Tactic allows for 1 large task, 3 medium tasks, and 5 small tasks per day. At the moment I’m basically working the equivalent of three jobs, so narrowing down my tasks to these 9 core tasks really helps me to streamline my days.
In fact, Muse co-founder and COO Alex Cavoulacos who wrote the article above even gives advice on how to handle a job with a high probability of unexpected tasks.
This is my job in a nutshell!
She recommends telling your boss when an unexpected task will interrupt a task you had planned to accomplish that day and let him/her decide which is more pressing. Plus, this article offers another solution:
Leave 1 medium task and 2 small task slots empty to be filled as needed that day.
How do I put this….
This is a perfect example of a Time Hack! It’s a way to plan your day that’s fast and free and most importantly – flexible.
How do you tackle your To Do List at work? Do you follow the 1-3-5 tactic? Or do you follow another system?
I’d love to know! Leave a note in the comments below and share your beautiful knowledge with the rest of us. 🙂