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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.

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 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Rule of 3How To Apply the Rule of 3 to Life
    J.D. Meier
  • 2. Agenda
    What is The Rule of 3?
    Why Use The Rule of 3?
    How To Use the Rule of 3?
    Examples
  • 3. What is the Rule of 3?
    Set a limit of 3 things.
    Group things in 3’s.
  • 4. Why Use the Rule of 3?
    Setting a limit of 3 makes it easy to focus and prioritize on meaningful results.
    Grouping things in 3’s makes them easy to remember and repeat.
  • 5. How To Use the Rule of 3
    Think in 3’s:
    3 results for your day.
    3 results for your week.
    3 results for your month.
    3 results for your year.
  • 6. Example – Start Your Day with The Rule of 3
    Ask yourself, “What are the 3 most important things I want to accomplish today?”
    Examples
    • Enjoy the sunshine.
    • 7. Make significant progress on my project.
    • 8. Synch up with Mike.
  • Example – Add The Rule of 3 to Your To Do List
    Identify the 3 most important results you want to accomplish today and bubble them to the top of your To Do list.
    Before
    After (The Rule of 3)
    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.
  • 9. Example – Add The Rule of 3 to Your New Year’s Resolution
    Ask yourself, “What are the 3 most meaningful results I want for this year?”
    Before
    Drop 20 pounds.
    After (The Rule of 3)
    Get to my fighting weight.
    Take an epic adventure.
    Finish my book.
  • 10. Test Yourself
    What are the 3 key results you want to accomplish for today?
    What are the 3 key results you want for the year?
    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.
  • 11. Key Take Aways
    Use The Rule of 3 to help you focus and remember key things.
    Use The Rule of 3 to identify 3 outcomes for the day, the week, the month, and the year.
    If you already have a To Do list, add 3 key outcomes (not activities), to the top.
    Use The Rule of 3 to design your day and drive your day.
  • 12. Call to Action
    Read the Guide – Getting Results.com (http://GettingResults.com )
    Share it with a friend
    Share your success story (GettingResultsTeam@gmail.com )
  • 13. About J.D. Meier
    J.D. Meier …
    Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft patterns & practices team
    Focus - Software Development, Project Management, and Effectiveness
    Research, author, run teams, and ship stuff
    10+ years deliberate practice in “best practices”
    750+ software architecture and design reviews
    As a hobby and passion, I study success across Microsoft up and down the chain.
    Key Projects (Blue Books and Software)
    Blue Books for Microsoft (Technical Books)
    Application Architecture Guide 2.0
    Improving Web Services Security (The WCF Security Guide)
    Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications
    Team Development with VSTS/TFS (The TFS Guide)
    patterns & practices Security Engineering
    Improving Web Application Security (Threats and Countermeasures)
    Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability
    Building Secure ASP.NET Applications (The first Microsoft “Blue Book”)
    Software / Tools
    Guidance Explorer (“ITunes for Knowledge”)
    Practices Checker (“Building Codes Inspector for Software Best Practices”)
    Blogs
    J.D. Meier on MSDN (My Microsoft Blog): http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier
    Sources of Insight (My Effectiveness Blog) - http://SourcesOfInsight.com
    12
    Guidance Explorer
  • 14. The End