My Key Three - Triage your To Do List

If any of you have already tried 'My Daily Planner' you will see that that the top section is called “My Key Three”

The idea behind My Key Three comes from the old war term ‘Triage’. Nowadays, the term is often used in medical situations and is basically about prioritising.

For example, in a medical situation it is the process of determining the priority of patient’s treatment based on the severity of their condition.

Whilst designing My Daily Planner, I applied a similar technique. We all know what it feels like to have a 101 things that need to be done just swirling around in our heads and of course the best way to manage this is by writing a good old To Do List.

However there’s only so much time in a day and not everything on that list is of equal importance. This is where you can learn to Triage. Go through the list and work out what the most important 3 tasks are - maybe something with a short deadline - however you decide, write these 3 tasks in your Key Three section.

By writing them down you are acknowledging them and it will help you to remain focused on a more achievable goal. Completing those three tasks.

Otherwise, if you have a 25 task long To Do list with no awareness of which ones are most important you may spend a lot of time on something that could have waited a little longer only to find that you’ve missed the boat on something else. Or worse, the list might be so daunting that you quickly shut your diary and try to forget all about it.

It’s a technique that I have found massively helpful for getting my most important tasks done first and always feel real success in achieving My Key Three even if I haven’t crossed anything else off the list. So give it a go and let me know how you get on. If you haven’t tried My Daily Planner you can check it out here.


Holly Martin