So much to do.
There will never be enough time to complete all your to-do’s…but you can be extraordinary by completing your one thing!
We’ve all been overwhelmed by the size of our to-do list compared to the sand left in the hourglass of our day.
Appointments. Paperwork. Bills. Cooking. Cleaning.
It’s all gotta get done, but if we aren’t careful we will neglect the important things in life for the urgent things in life.
Staying late in the office to finish that report, but missing a chance to read a bedtime story to kids that are growing too fast.
Running from activity to activity, but missing the opportunity to take your spouse on a date and connecting on a deeper level.
Passing each other on the way out the door with fast food bags, not taking advantage of cooking a healthy meal and eating together as a family.
All the while stuff keeps piling up.
I know you’re wondering how you can possibly restructure your time to do these important things. I know what you’re saying…I’ve said the same things…I’ve got too much to do, too many people to please, too many deadlines to meet. This all leads to lying in bed at night exhausted and wondering if you’ve made a difference or just survived another day in the rat race.
You know there’s more to life, but how do you get there? How do you make the change?
You’ve gotta find your one thing.
In the book entitled One Thing, Gary Keller gives some great tips on improving your life by narrowing your focus.
He brings up some important points such as when we say yes to something, we are saying no to other things, and he reminds that there really is no such thing as multitasking.
Identifying your most important tasks each day can help you have the narrow focus needed to truly reach your bigger, broader goals.
One of the most dramatic demonstrations of the power of choosing the right one thing is made by using a domino. One domino has the ability to knock down the next domino that is 50% larger than itself. This power grows such that by the 18th domino you could knock something down that was as tall as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. By the 23rd domino it would be the size of the Eiffel Tower and the 31st would pass Mount Everest by almost 3000 feet! The 57th domino in sequence would bridge the distance between the earth and the moon!
All of this started by choosing the one thing…the right first domino in the sequence…and having it yield tremendous results.
As you are planning your 2015 goals and plans…consider your values and priorities. Consider the big picture. Then choose the one thing you can work on that day to have the greatest impact on your life.
I close with the question that Gary Keller asks…”What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
I’d love to hear your comments!