The Three Wins Approach – Chunk Your Tasks into Meaningful Results



“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here is a simple way for a better day, for the best of your life.  For now, I’m calling the technique, “My Three Wins.”

It will help you focus, prioritize, and channel your energy on your highest priorities each day.

You can think of your personal victories, or achievements as wins.  It’s a fun way to hack at the outcomes that you want to achieve each day.

And it’s a way to rise above your To-Do list.  You can still do your To-Do list, but bubble up your Three Wins to the top to remind you want you are aiming for.

Plus, your your Three Wins will act as a North Star or guiding light through the chaos in your day, and help inspire and pull you forward through your day.

The Rule of Three Applied to Your Day

You can use this technique, immediately. Here’s “the making of” leading up to the idea of “My Three Wins.”

I needed to find a way to simplify the idea of thinking in terms of “outcomes” or results, not just doing tasks or activities.

I also needed a way to automatically bake in the idea of The Rule of Three.  I also need to simplify the idea of connecting your outcomes to your values.

I also wanted to make it super simple to feel a sense of progress.

Lastly, I wanted to add the fun factor, and help you unleash your inner-hero.

My Three Wins

“My Three Wins” is the phrase that stuck.  It’s one phrase to bind them all.  It’s a simple one-liner reminder that is very easy to start your day with.

Simply ask yourself the following question the question:

“What are Three Wins I want to accomplish today?”

People like to win, and winning makes it a game.  And games are more fun, when you set the rules, and in this game, you do.

Every day, you choose your adventure and you choose what your three wins will look like.

Example of My Three Wins

You can think of three wins for the day, three wins for the week, three wins for the month, three wins for the year.  For example, for today, your three wins that you set out to do might be:

  1. Win a raving fan.
  2. Write the code to change the world.
  3. Have a great day (yes, this is a challenge and a win for many people.)

Those are mini-goals and mini-adventures in action.  Whether it’s hit your high note, give it your best shot, write the song to make the whole world sing, lead your amazing team on a SWAT-like mission,  make somebody’s day, or simply savor the parts of the day that make you feel alive, YOUR world is your oyster.

Set Your Focus for the Day

The beauty of calling out your wins for your day up front, is that you set your focus and you add clarity to what’s important to you.  You also make it easy to deal with and respond to the ambiguity and anything that comes your way, throughout the day.

When you think about Getting Results the Agile Way, simply think “My Three Wins.”

If You Set the Rules, You Win the Game

If you remember that, then you instantly and immediately take control of your destiny and each day is a chance to write your story forward.

This is also a simple way to set the rules for your success, and if you set the rules, you can win the game.

Use My Three Wins for Your Weeks, Months, and Years

You can also use My Three Wins for your weeks, your months and years, too.

This will help you use The Rule of 3 and think in Three Wins:

  1. Three Wins for your day
  2. Three Wins for your week
  3. Three Wins for your month
  4. Three Wins for your year

This will give you the ability to zoom in and zoom out.

If you want to zoom in, simply focus on your Three Wins for today.

If you want to zoom out, simply focus on your Three Wins for the week, or Three Wins for the Month, or Three Wins for the Year.

With that in mind, go ahead and ask yourself…

what are your Three Wins for today?

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