The 3-2-1 Method

The 3-2-1 Method of getting things done is perhaps quicker and more effective than any other system I’ve come across.

It’s not for complex tasks but the simple ones that confront you in your daily life which you put off over and over even if they’d only take a minute.

My friend Gina familiarized this method with me back in January and all credit goes to her.

It goes like this:

When confronted with an issue which will only take a moment to resolve yet which you are reluctant to do get in your head for a few seconds.

Count down.




Then do it. Say it. Write it down. Type it. Send it.

At the beginning you might have to count down a few times or maybe count down from ten but I’ve found when I’m stuck on something 3-2-1 gets it done.

What methods do you have to get things done that aren’t to do listing or high setup productivity systems?

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  • How has this worked for you? I think I'm going to apply it tomorrow morning.

  • I think it is a great idea because I use exactly the same method when I am upset with someone or something. I allow myself to wallop for about 5 minutes and then I say 3, 2, 1 and snap my fingers to erase the anger. The more you practice it the easier it gets and it saves you a lot of time and energy :)

  • That's a great application and one which I'll definitely consider using in the future myself.


  • Nice trick. My bigger trouble is those bigger things that I need to do but don't want to start. I do all the little ones just to avoid them.

  • Sometimes getting the littles ones out of the way is just as much an accomplishment as starting in on the big ones. Procrastination as a means of getting stuff done.

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