Then, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria brought Columbus and the first settlers to the Americas.
Finally, in fiction you have the three musketeers, Larry, Curly and Moe, and lately the heroic Harry, Ron and Hermione.
So how does the power of three work for us?
When the holidays bring stress into our lives I have to remind myself of the power of three. If you’re like me, your list of things to do is as long as both arms. I take one look and want to crawl into a hole.
How on earth are we to get it all done? More importantly how are we really supposed to enjoy friends and family which we wish to share these joyful times if we’re wrapped up in all the list of things yet to get done?
The power of three.
Let me explain. If you’re a list maker like myself, when you’re finished you’d like to tear the whole thing up before you even have time to start . So instead, pick the top three. Just three, no more. Trust me on this.
If you don’t have a list right now, and especially with Thanksgiving in a few days, take a minute, but do stop at 10 things, you can always come back later. I’ll wait.
Now, find the three most important things to do. Pick the first most important and set the list aside. When the first one is done, go onto the second, and then the third. When you’re finished, find the list and check them off. Pick the next three on the list. There, you have a system bringing down the stress of the holidays, leaving room for friends and family.
More often than not I find I have nine to twelve things done off my list in any given day and I had no stress about each. Better yet I felt I’d accomplished something with my day instead of fretting over the unfinished list and doing a poor job of accomplishing anything while hiding my head in a pillow wishing the whole thing would go away.
If you don’t already have a sure-fire stress free way of accomplishing all your tasks, give this a try. Let me know how it works for you. What about you? Any other ideas? Together we’ll all get through the holidays unscathed.