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It is terrific to know that you can kill procrastination by applying the rule of three. Everyone knows what procrastination means. It means that instead of doing what needs to be done now, you put it off until some later time. Procrastination kills productivity, joy and success. However, there is hope, procrastination can be killed, you can learn to fight it and win. Of course,  there are a myriad of ways to fight procrastination. One of the best ways to fight procrastination is to learn the rule of three.

The rule of three means that you figure out what the three most valuable core tasks are be sure to handle those things each day. Look at the following sample tasks by way of example:


  • look for new customers
  • complete items that need to be delivered to clients
  • keep employees motivated


  • complete sponsored posts
  • syndicate your blog content
  • develop a workable editorial calendar


  • feed the family
  • keep the house clean
  • develop good parenting habits

An interesting thing to keep in mind is the fact that the most valuable core tasks for one organization, blog or family may not matter at all to another. In addition, the most valuable core tasks may change over the course of time or as circumstances change. For this reason, it is important to look at all the roles you play and to assess what is important in each role on a regular basis. By doing this type of assessment each month, you will know what the three most valuable core tasks are and can act accordingly.

This rule of three approach to killing procrastination may not be easy, and it does involve work, but so what! Life involves work, you cannot stop just because life gets kind of hard sometimes. Look at the roles you play, write down either with pen and paper or on your favorite electronic device. Once your roles are identified, under each, write down the three most valuable core tasks you need to take care of each day. Then do something each day to address those tasks.

In conclusion, it is terrific to know that you can kill procrastination by applying the law of three. So, the question for you this terrific day is, what are the three most important things in your roles and what are you going to do to act on them?

Want to learn more? Here are a few books to get you started. These books are affiliate links. This means I may earn money if you purchase a book using one of the links listed here.

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  1. Lexie Lane

    Ahhh …. the good ole procrastination that kicks me in the butt every time. It creates stress and crazy unhealthy things to happen but it’s also one of those things that drive me too. Sad to say :( These are great points to think about for sure though :)

  2. Motherhood on the Rocks

    I’m horrible at procrastinating! This is good advice! Thanks!

  3. Healy Harpster

    I like this rule of three but definitely the applicable in my status right now are the blogging and the parenting/home.

  4. Mama to 5 Blessings

    I am a horrible procrastinator, what an encouraging post!

  5. Constanza Oller de Moore

    Wow love your 3 blogging cores . last 2 weeks my procrastination levels are to high for my liking. I need to focus thanks!

  6. Debbie Denny

    This is great way to succeed. I am working hard at this.

  7. MzBaker

    Great post and I bust out all of them things daily, except the finding new customers. That is so much work and I like blogging more than finding customers lol Although I could use a few more hosting clients.

  8. Danielle

    I’m not much of a procrastinator. I just wish there was more time in a day to tackle my projects!

  9. I’m terrible at getting things done… I wait and wait and …. )

  10. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I can probably manage to do that. Three isn’t too daunting of a number.

  11. Wendy Kaufman

    It’s amazing how many places the rule of three works! Art, photography, procrastination…I’m keeping my eyes peeled for it now!

  12. blm03

    I am a horrible procrastinator.

  13. maria @ close to home

    Love your 3 simple lists. I think we try to complicate things too much

  14. Those are great examples. I’m a HUGE procrastinator. I need to work on that! Maybe tomorrow… ;)

  15. Pam W

    I need to apply the law of 3 to my own life. Especially to my work life, which I overcomplicate.

  16. The law of 3 is great. I’d also add Alex Fitel’s book “EXCUSES” to the list! Lots of good tips in there, too!

  17. Lisa Jones acouponaddict

    Great Tips You Inspire Me!!

  18. Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings

    MUST apply the law of three in my life!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  19. Jessica Cohen

    Absolutely. Getting the most uncomfortable tasks out of the way first thing in the morning makes for a much better and more productive afternoon.

  20. Lois Alter Mark

    My word this year is “do” so it is very fulfilling to check things off my to-do list!

  21. Anni's Bubble

    I need to get some many things done thanks for sharing!


  22. Alison Freisz-Steward

    Those are great tips… generally try to follow the rules: If I can, I Delete It, If I can’t Delete It, I Defer It for Later, If I Can’t Defer It, I Delegate It, If I can’t delegate it, I do It! Now sometimes the Do It list gets a little overwhelming which is where I think the rule of 3 might come in handy instead of giving up on it all!

  23. Robin Rue

    I make lists and that usually keeps me on track with doing things that need to be done!

  24. Michelle F.

    Those are great tips. I procrastinate so much!

  25. tara pittman

    We have to make out to do’s more managable so we can cross off. I put off things a lot like cleaning.

  26. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    I find myself struggling with huge to-do lists, thanks for the great advice! I really need to focus in the core tasks.

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