The 3-Hour Rule: How to Win at the Big and Little Tasks

Roshni Khatri

11th Nov'22
The 3-Hour Rule: How to Win at the Big and Little Tasks | OpenGrowth

Have you ever felt that you have many tasks on your plate? Or do you have less time to finish all of them? 

 

We all live in a dynamic world where we rarely get the time to complete tasks on time. So it is advisable to divide the tasks into smaller sections and make them more manageable. 

 

You may stay away from tension and procrastination by doing this. People who put off tasks till the last minute frequently remark that they feel overwhelmed and the task appears impossible when they do so. The work is more doable and less scary when priorities are established, and the larger project is divided into smaller tasks. 

 

The Book "The 3-Hour Rule: How to Win at the Big and Little Tasks" dictates dealing with the smaller tasks and managing them easily. In this article, we are going to take a glance at the book so let's see what it says!

 

The Efficacy Dilemma

 

We like to complete all the tasks on time. It is the identification of real humanity. What about the group of readers of time management and productivity books? We enjoy checking things off lists very much. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you physically cross something off your list. 

 

In fact, I've been known to add tasks to my list after completing them simply so I can check them off. We live by the adages "make hay while the sun shines" and "don't put off until tomorrow what may be done today." 

 

The 3 Hour Rule

 

There is also a two-minute rule which states that when any task takes two minutes, then you should just do it, and in this way, you will not have to deal with it again. So we can conclude that two-minute rules make sense at some times. It could take longer than two minutes to bring up that subject once more and create the proper mental environment for dealing with it. However, there are certain issues with the two-minute rule. We'll talk about it.

 

The Complications of Two-Minute Rules

 

Any two-minute task can easily release one of these three demons:

 

  • A Task Hydra. Are you certain that the task will be finished in two minutes? The ability to estimate time is rare. That two-minute task might end up taking five or ten minutes, or it might become a multi-part task that requires waiting for a callback, obtaining a new form, or printing anything without access to a printer. 

 

This phenomenon was once referred to as the "Task Hydra." A task will grow another head if you remove one. You quickly begin to seriously reduce the time you had planned to spend doing something else.

 

  • A Rabbit Hole. After a diversion, getting back to work is challenging. Yes, sending your colleague the form she requested just takes a minute, but, surprisingly, as soon as you push send, you find yourself in your inbox.

 

Such as, you may find some sparkling messages in your inbox. You think that it will take just two minutes to read and see them, but once you start reading them, then you don't leave your inbox. Does it happen to you? 

 

I have personally experienced it many times. These messages may come from a variety of sources, including the stock market, sports, social media, the weather, and a lot more.

 

  • A Procrastination Siren. The major issue is that the two-minute rule (or even a five- or ten-minute rule) could be a convenient technique to put off finishing the more difficult chores. The self-aware participants quickly learned that the hydra or rabbit hole could devour their time.

 

Thus it can be said that giving oneself a simple victory deprives you of the bigger victory that comes from succeeding. While breaks are necessary, it's definitely preferable to entirely unplug rather than respond to emails. 

 

As far as time management is concerned, you can refer to high output management by Andrew Grove, as it would provide you insight into the outcomes of potential inputs. 

 

The Three Hour rule

 

What happens if the "two-minute rule" isn't what it's made out to be? One reader revealed "the three-hour rule," which she said helped her accomplish both major and small tasks. 

 

She would check her email and plan out her day for a few minutes every day, but from nine in the morning until twelve, she would be completely silent. She would silence her phone, close her inbox, turn off all notifications, and concentrate solely on her main issue for the day. 

 

The 3 Hour Rule

 

She would enter the public eye around noon and then spend the rest of the day taking calls, attending meetings, performing administrative tasks, etc. She nonetheless accomplished all of her two-minute duties by adhering to the "three-hour rule." However, she also made headway on her big initiatives. 

 

I am aware that not all work is created equal. Many professions don't suit this description, including those in medicine, construction, and retail. Even individuals who work in knowledge-based fields may already be able to think of contraindications to the three-hour limit. 

 

It might not, too. Would your opinion alter if we permitted calls from the daycare, your husband, or the school nurse, though? What if you were to openly discuss the importance of setting aside time for focus with your management or direct reports? Have you ever had communication problems on a three-hour flight? 

 

Well, all these queries will help you to sort out the messy things and also guide you to manage the time and tasks on time.

 

Conclusion

 

Sometimes we get addicted to the notion of being busy. As we constantly have to do the task and have a list of tasks to be done in a specified time frame. Right?

 

Like I do not have time to sit and focus on my next career step or have not time to meet with my friends. This sounds great, but it is also important to acknowledge that we have time for other things, too and that we can change our narratives through this. 

 

In short, changing a narrative can be liable for changing life tendencies and patterns. But you know what I prefer. I guess I am the person who could enjoy the fun or could be making progress on my professional goals, but because of my choice, I might be unable to do this. With this, you can read books on leadership to have exposure to managerial aspects of the business. 

 

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A keen observer, who loves to spend time with nature. A fun loving person, enjoys to explore the new aspects of life. Passionate about reading and learning new things. Roshni is dedicated towards her work and has worked in different professions.

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