1-3-5 RULE : The reliable way to tame your to-dos

1-3-5 Rule

The 1-3-5 rule is one of the most user-friendly organization techniques available.

It is basic, straightforward, and elementary just like the name suggests, 1-3-5.

All you need to know is how to count, and you are already a pro at the 1-3-5 rule. Just like that.

Curious, how? Let me lay it out for you.

1-3-5 rule?

Under the 1-3-5 rule, you rank your to-do list and pick 1 big thing, 3 medium things, and 5 small things that you need to do for the day.

That’s it, you get them done and you have your day’s progress. 

It is practically a no-brainer.

Why you might want to go 1-3-5

The main reason as to why you should implement this rule in your to-do list is because it is balanced, holistic, and realistic.

Many a time, we find ourselves put off by a looong to-do list with tasks of varying degrees of importance and size. We are consistently disappointed when we fail to cross out our to-dos because we underestimated the size of a task, or set unrealistic goals to be completed in a short period of time.

The 1-3-5 rule puts an end to this. It guarantees a well-rounded progress in life so that you don’t overlook the small things, and at the same time don’t burn yourself out. 

It is perfect.

How to 1-3-5?

  • Make a to-do list with a productivity method of your choice.
  • Rank your tasks based on their size and importance.
  • Pick 1 big, important task. Ex. setting up the blog your boss asked for by today.
  • Pick 3 medium, less-important tasks. Ex. taking your dog to the vet.
  • Pick 5 small, important/not so important tasks. Ex. going out with your co-worker.
  • Make a new list with the selected tasks and schedule the rest for the coming days.

By means of such a balanced routine, the 1-3-5 ascertains that harmony exists in your life, your mind, and your plans. 

It takes seriously the golden rule ‘too much of anything is good for nothing’ and complies with it.

 So, have some faith in me when I say, “Once you go 1-3-5, you’ll never go back!”