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3 Great Results for Today

3 Great Results for Today

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What are 3 great results for today?  That's the question I ask to bootstrap my day.  As simple as it sounds, I find it's the most effective way to cut through the fog each day.  There's a lot of things I can do and there's lots of activities I'll be doing, but what are 3 great outcomes for today.  That's it.

Example
This is an example of my 3 great results for this past Monday:

  1. Ship Beta 1 of App Arch
  2. Beta 1 Post for App Arch
  3. Draft of Designing Your Architecture

Great is relative.

Why 3 things?  It forces me to prioritize among a sea of potential results.  Also, I can remember 3 things without writing them down, so throughout my day, I know what I'm working towards.   I can say it in the hall.

If you manage endless to do lists and work on a bunch of stuff but don't actually get anything done, try focusing on 3 great results each day.  It works.