I talk to one of my closest friends every single day, even if it's just a simple text, and I always end it one four little words. "Don't forget your three's." (Which reminds me, I should ask her to do this 30-Day Minimalism Challenge, too!)
What are the threes? It's something based on the Day Designer Top Three To Do Prompts concept. The Day Designer is a planner that was created to help users live an intentional life. Each day has an area for schedules, to do lists, gratitudes, inspirational quotes… but the Top Three area is my favorite go to spot.
I once created to do lists to remind me to look for the other lists I made up. Before long, I had so many things to check off and the stare down between myself and the words on the paper intimidated me. Then nightfall would come and I felt like I accomplished nothing that day, because the tasks to checkmark ratio was not looking good. The Top Three is taking just that… your top three must do/priority tasks for the day and listing them at the top of the planner (or whatever you use each day). If it's electronic, set off three reminder alerts each day.
Soon my friend and I realized we were more productive than we gave ourselves credit for, just by looking at the checkmarks next to the day's Top Three. We also felt more productive and even new habits were formed. So today's challenge item is perfect.
Day 5: Identify your 3-6 main priorities.
"Above all, minimalism is about figuring out what matters most to you in life and how to add more of that to your day-to-day routine. Today: Dig deep and make a list of your 3-6 top priorities in life."
Grab your pen and paper. Now write down your Top Three (Top Four, Top Five or Top Six!).