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# The Rule of 3

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The Rule of 3 is a simple concept. Think in three’s. The Rule of 3 helps us deal with information overload. It’s a simple way to set limits and chunk things down.

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### The Rule of 3

1. 1. The Rule of 3How To Apply the Rule of 3 to Life<br />J.D. Meier<br />
2. 2. Agenda<br />What is The Rule of 3?<br />Why Use The Rule of 3?<br />How To Use the Rule of 3?<br />Examples<br />
3. 3. What is the Rule of 3?<br />Set a limit of 3 things.<br />Group things in 3’s.<br />
4. 4. Why Use the Rule of 3?<br />Setting a limit of 3 makes it easy to focus and prioritize on meaningful results.<br />Grouping things in 3’s makes them easy to remember and repeat.<br />
5. 5. How To Use the Rule of 3<br />Think in 3’s:<br />3 results for your day.<br />3 results for your week.<br />3 results for your month.<br />3 results for your year.<br />
6. 6. Example – Start Your Day with The Rule of 3<br />Ask yourself, “What are the 3 most important things I want to accomplish today?”<br />Examples<br /><ul><li>Enjoy the sunshine.
7. 7. Make significant progress on my project.
8. 8. Synch up with Mike. </li></li></ul><li>Example – Add The Rule of 3 to Your To Do List<br />Identify the 3 most important results you want to accomplish today and bubble them to the top of your To Do list.<br />Before<br />After (The Rule of 3)<br />Prioritize your day against your 3 results, whether it’s incoming requests or you’re making your way through your backlog of things to do.<br />
9. 9. Example – Add The Rule of 3 to Your New Year’s Resolution<br />Ask yourself, “What are the 3 most meaningful results I want for this year?”<br />Before<br />Drop 20 pounds.<br />After (The Rule of 3)<br />Get to my fighting weight.<br />Take an epic adventure.<br />Finish my book.<br />
10. 10. Test Yourself<br />What are the 3 key results you want to accomplish for today?<br />What are the 3 key results you want for the year?<br />You should be able to say the 3 things you want to accomplish for the day without looking them up. The more you do it, the easier it gets. <br />
11. 11. Key Take Aways<br />Use The Rule of 3 to help you focus and remember key things.<br />Use The Rule of 3 to identify 3 outcomes for the day, the week, the month, and the year.<br />If you already have a To Do list, add 3 key outcomes (not activities), to the top.<br />Use The Rule of 3 to design your day and drive your day.<br />
12. 12. Call to Action<br />Read the Guide – Getting Results.com (http://GettingResults.com )<br />Share it with a friend<br />Share your success story (GettingResultsTeam@gmail.com )<br />
13. 13. About J.D. Meier<br />J.D. Meier …<br />Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft patterns & practices team<br />Focus - Software Development, Project Management, and Effectiveness<br />Research, author, run teams, and ship stuff<br />10+ years deliberate practice in “best practices”<br />750+ software architecture and design reviews<br />As a hobby and passion, I study success across Microsoft up and down the chain.<br />Key Projects (Blue Books and Software)<br />Blue Books for Microsoft (Technical Books)<br />Application Architecture Guide 2.0<br />Improving Web Services Security (The WCF Security Guide)<br />Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications<br />Team Development with VSTS/TFS (The TFS Guide)<br />patterns & practices Security Engineering<br />Improving Web Application Security (Threats and Countermeasures)<br />Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability<br />Building Secure ASP.NET Applications (The first Microsoft “Blue Book”)<br />Software / Tools<br />Guidance Explorer (“ITunes for Knowledge”)<br />Practices Checker (“Building Codes Inspector for Software Best Practices”)<br />Blogs<br />J.D. Meier on MSDN (My Microsoft Blog): http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier<br />Sources of Insight (My Effectiveness Blog) - http://SourcesOfInsight.com <br />12<br />Guidance Explorer<br />
14. 14. The End<br />