The 3-Minute Plan

The Problem: We often jump straight into work, and spend the day reacting to what other people want and neglecting our priorities. At the end of the day we think, “Argh! I never worked on _______!”

The Trick:
Before you start work, take three minutes and decide your top priorities for the day. You’re never going to get everything done – what is MOST important for today? Write them down and put them somewhere you’ll see them all day.

The Secret: You’ll find that simply having priorities will give you a sense of empowerment and control over your work, even if there are days when you can’t stick to them.

Why this works: When you first start working, your mind is fresh. It’s a GREAT time to write, plan or do creative work. With your priorities in place it’s easier to choose what to work on first and avoid “stumbling into your day”.


  1. Donna E.

    Thanks for this tip….I know how to start my day Thursday and Friday .. lots to do and priorities before clients leave for the holidays.

  2. Daniel Higginbotham

    Really excellent tip. I try and do this every day, and it really makes a big difference for me.

    Another related habit is to write down where you’ve left off at the end of the day, and even make a few notes about what you should do the following day.

  3. Aaron

    @Donna, thanks for the comment.

    @Daniel, great point. I do this by reviewing yesterday’s priorities in the morning.

  4. Trey Cook

    Love your tips and productivity suggestions. They are really helpful, and I think a lot of people feel the same way. You are doing a great service to people and thier well being and happiness.

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    • Aaron

      Hey Trey, thanks for the kind words and the offer. I’ll send you an email and say hello.

  5. waqas

    thank you for this tip


    Thank a lot for the tips aoron.It was a great tips.

  7. Lorraine Rees

    thank you for another great tip–I,m going to start this one first thing tomorrow

  8. nthati

    im a student and i always myself not folowing whatever i think or plan to do for the day..ive just realised that the problem lies on me not writing down the plans for gonna start doing that right away! thanx a lot aaron

  9. Vicky Rana

    Really nice tips, i do this the same, but one thing is differ, i didn’t write but plan in my mind.

    Thanks for the tips.

  10. shanthi prabhu

    the 3rd tip is perfect and apt.i have been following 3 minute plan and its been working out successfully.thanks

  11. sam

    well done; i do a lot of work with making people more efficient. you do it with economy and clarity.
    professor sam hamod

  12. Susan Guinn

    Chance does nothing that has not been prepared beforehand.
    ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

  13. olanihun o.p

    I honestly find day management tips a treasure.
    I plan very well and do have sense of fulfillment everyday. Thanks

  14. Sue

    Thank you for this wonderful tip. As a new small business owner I am finding that this helps as there is so much to do it is easy to start one thing and go on to start something else without finishing the first. If I don’t accomplish everything on the list I try not to stress and just remember to add them to the top of the next days list. It is a wonderful feeling when you cross something off the list. Thank you once again.

  15. patty

    Hi Aaron, love your tips. Have facebooked them as well. Hope to see more – are you still up and running?


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