10 Rules To Gain Back Control And Be Productive
I was curious about rules with numbers, so I searched and collected the following rules. I use some. They are good to have in your toolkit. They are in numerical order.
1. 1-minute rule - Do it immediately
If a task will take you a minute or less to complete, do it as soon as you realize it needs to be done.
2. 5 by 5 rule - Don’t dwell
You shouldn’t spend more than five minutes obsessing over something that won’t matter in five years.
3. 5-minute rule - Stop procrastinating
Spend just five minutes on whatever you’re procrastinating, and then you are free to stop.
4. 20/80 rule
Focus on the 20% activities that bring the most value, whatever that value is for you, and remove the 80.
5. 20-20-20 rule - healthier eye
For every 20 minutes spent staring at a screen, you should look away at something 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds.
6. 25-minute rule - work in intervals
The Pomodoro Technique. Break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks.
7. 30-minute rule
There are many flavors of this rule:
- Each day, take 30 minutes to yourself away from notifications, emails, etc.
- When you are stuck for more than 30 minutes, ask for help.
- Chunk your day in 30 minutes intervals, which includes meetings. Reject meetings longer than 30 min.
8. 45-minute rule - buy or rent
If you won’t use something for at least 45 minutes per day (or 11 days per year), it’s probably cheaper to borrow or rent it.
9. Rule of 55 - Early withdrawal
According to IRS regulations, those 55 and older can withdraw funds from their 401(k) or 403(b) without incurring a tax penalty.
10. 80% rule - imperfect but done
80% is getting results, while 100% is still thinking about it. 80% and published is better than the imaginary 100% and unpublished. Buggy product but released is better than "perfect" but never released.