The Magical Powers of Three

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Magical Powers of ThreeI’m showing my age here, but does anyone else remember Schoolhouse Rock on Saturday mornings? I learned all kinds of multiplication, social studies, and grammar tidbits. One of my favorites was Three is a Magic Number. Yes, it is. It’s a magic number. I can even sing it to you if you’d like.

Designers use multiples of three in displays and picture hanging around the house. It’s more pleasing to the eye supposedly so I just follow what they say because I have no decorating skills. Kids learn to ride tricycles before bicycles. There are three primary colors. Maybe it really is a magic number. If it’s magical in the universe, maybe it will help me.

I’ve taken to using threes in a lot of scenarios to break large things down into smaller more manageable tasks. Getting things done in smaller chunks has many purposes: 1) It gets something done so you get closer to finishing it, 2) It gives you a sense of accomplishment because you moved forward, 3) It’s small enough that you don’t get overwhelmed and not do anything. Notice the three reasons? 😉

Here are some ideas for implementing The Threes:

  1. Do 3 things on your To Do List every day
  2. Eat only 3 bites of dessert
  3. Start the day with 3 minutes of quiet thinking after the alarm goes off
  4. Do 3 exercises as a circuit then take a rest break
  5. Do 3 minutes of a task then take a break
  6. Write anything at all for 3 minutes to help with writers block
  7. Pick up in a cluttered room for 3 minutes each evening
  8. Drink 3 liters of water every day
  9. If you find yourself in a bad mood, give yourself 3 minutes to grump and then move on with a smile

What would you add to the list? Do you think 3 is more magical than 2 or 4?

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