The 3/3/3 technique

April 1, 2022

Oliver Burkeman, who writes books and The Imperfectionist newsletter about personal productivity, has recently introduced his 3/3/3 technique. Every normal working day, his intention is:

  • to spend 3 hours on his most important current project, having defined some kind of specific goal for the progress he aims to make on it that day;
  • to complete 3 shorter tasks, usually urgent to-dos or “sticky” tasks he’s been avoiding, usually just a few minutes each (he counts calls and meetings here, too); and
  • to dedicate time to 3 “maintenance activities”, things that need his daily attention in order to keep life running smoothly.

Simply powerful, right?

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