10-10-10 Rule Decisions

Whether you are aware of their impact or not, a lot of your decisions define our work-life balance. From small decisions on whether to eat lunch alone or with a friend to bigger decisions about whether to take on a side project or keep that time free, you’re constantly picking one option over another, structuring your life and prioritizing its different areas.

How do you make sure those choices align with your values?

One way to analyze the short-term and long-term consequences of your work-life balance decisions is to apply the 10/10/10 Rule: to ask yourself how you’ll feel with the options in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years.

Invented by writer Suzy Welch, the rule is widely used by all kinds of professionals, from media personas to business magnates. The rule allows you to separate the immediate pressure you might feel when making the decision from the long-term consequences you will need to deal with in each scenario. Today, take 5 to 10 minutes to consider how you can apply this rule when making decisions about your work-life balance.

Beza Solomon