The rule of three is a typical pattern used in stories, nursery rhymes, parables, jokes, comedy and speeches. The human mind actually enjoys thinking in threes; the smallest number of elements required to create a pattern. We naturally look for and create patterns every day, in everything we do. From studies in neuroscience, we know that our brains seek out patterns and find the structure of three to be a complete set. Brevity and rhythm make the sequence feel whole.
“If you want something stuck in someone’s head, put it in a sequence of three.”- Brian Clark
So, when looking at mindfulness as an approach to time management or goal setting, think in three’s. When you begin with a consistent, daily process, you will be better able to handle stressors or distractions and laser focus your attention on the priorities you’ve set.
· Aim for consistency vs. length when adding this practice into your daily routine
· Begin each morning with gratitude (journal, use an app or even a sticky note)
· Commit to one daily self-care habit (a bath, cooking, or lighting candle)
Frame the Day:
· Identify and work on what will yield the most valuable results
· Eliminate distractions by saying no to whatever takes you away from your set goals
· Block chunks of uninterrupted time to do your deep work
Start small, but start somewhere. It’s easier to remember 3 actions posted as 3 bullets vs. a lengthier list of ways to approach your day. When beginning from a centered mind space, assume there will be greater clarity as you envision your upcoming activities.
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