The number 3

Years ago, I stumbled upon an informative and inspirational blog post; "5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long” by James Reinhart.

Those who know me, know that I am always on the lookout for tricks and tools to help me become more efficient. And I’m a sucker for any article that promises an increase in my productivity if I follow the suggestions and steps outlined therein. Among this article’s toolbox of suggestions was one that truly resonated with me; “Pick Three Wins for the Day.” Since I’ve continued to put this advice into action over the past few years and have found it to positively impact my day, I wanted to share it with you.

James wrote that in the morning you should “Decide on the three things that you'd like to accomplish in the next 12 hours in order for you to feel like the day was a success”. Doing this at the start of every day will allow you to map out your day’s actions accordingly to try to reach your three “wins” before your head hits the pillow that night. It’s goal setting, but in a fun and simplified manner. We’re not talking lifelong goals, monthly goals or even weekly goals. It’s basic, personal and measurable - what will make you feel like your day has been a success?

Everyone’s “wins” will be different. For me, it might be completing a project at work, organizing my junk drawer, or reconnecting with a long-lost friend.

Each days’ wins will be different, and, of course, not every day will be a complete success. But by mapping out your daily goals, the steps and time necessary to attain them, you will be well on your way to feeling accomplished at the end of the day. And that’s a pretty powerful feeling.

What will your three wins be for today?