Do you feel exhausted at the end of the day? Frustrated that you didn’t get your work done?
What are some ways you can stay productive and have a better perspective about your schedule?
Cale discusses a productivity technique called the 3-3-3 method, popularized by Ben Meer and based on ideas from Oliver Burkeman’s book “4,000 Weeks.” The method suggests dividing your work into three parts:
- First Three: Spend three hours of deep, focused work on your most important project. This concentrated effort can result in a significant increase in productivity. Deep work involves intense focus and is crucial for accomplishing substantial tasks.
- Second Three: Complete three shorter, urgent tasks that need attention but might not be as significant as your main project. These could include meetings, emails, or other immediate responsibilities.
- Third Three: Engage in three maintenance activities, which could involve taking care of your physical health (exercise, self-care), spiritual well-being (prayer, reflection), or other tasks that contribute to overall life balance and functionality.
Cale emphasizes that great minds throughout history have adopted similar time management principles, focusing on limited periods of intense work followed by well-defined breaks. The method encourages individuals to prioritize their most important tasks, address urgent matters, and maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
The key idea is to structure your workday around these three blocks of time, allowing you to be more focused, productive, and intentional with your tasks.