The One Thing
Busy, busy, busy. Our society has led us to believe that being busy is a good thing. If someone is “hustling” you will often hear them talk about how busy they are and how insane their schedule is. A busy schedule or a busy life does not for a second mean you are getting closer to your dream or actually accomplishing anything. In order to live out your dreams and accomplish your dreams, you must to focus. Focusing leads to productivity which is much different than being busy. Bruce Lee is a famous martial artist, philosopher and hollywood actor once said “not a daily increase, but a daily decrease, hack away at the inessential.” Over the course of this blog we will look into how you can get the most out of your day, week, month, and year. Doing more is not always the solution. Instead, focusing on the vitals and doing them well each and everyday will yield great results. Let's take a look.
Define Your One Thing
Multitasking is bullshit. It has been proven by science that we are literally incapable of focusing on more than one task at once. Our brains will shift attention from one task to the other and we will create mediocre work. I thought it would be a good idea to clear the water on that before getting into your one thing. Defining your One Thing is the best thing you can do in order to have a productive day instead of a busy day. Busy day = I did 20 different things, gave all tasks little attention, and my tasks did not align with my goals... but I was busy. Productive day = I had intention behind my day, I focused on only a few tasks, all of which align with my long term goals, I moved closer to achieving the life I want. Defining your One Thing can help you have more productive days and less busy days. Before bed each night, define your One Thing for the following day. What is the one thing you want to get out of the following day? The one task that if you get it done, will make the rest of the week flow that much easier? Once you have defined your one thing, focus on that for a two hour block, first thing in the morning. Our willpower is highest in the morning and focusing on that important task and nothing else is essential for our being productive.
Time Block and Plan Your Week:
Align your Weekly Goals with your Monthly Goals which align with your Yearly Goals
Time Blocking will allow you to focus on your One Thing much more efficiently. This is a simple strategy but yields great results. You wake up at 7am. Your one thing from 7-9am is reading, so all you focus on for that time block is reading. Phone goes away, so no distractions. 11-1pm you focus on writing a paper that's due in a week. The paper is your one thing for that two hour block. Lastly, you have another working block from 2-4pm. During this block you focus on launching your side business. Once again, no outside distractions. Simply executing on your business idea. By time blocking, we give our days meaning and we productively move closer towards our goals. You should not feel rushed or busy and you should always have time for self care and relaxation. There is no need to grind 24-hours a day, simply time block and execute. The last strategy you can use to be more productive and focused is to take one hour, every Sunday to plan your week. Come up with weekly goals and ensure your weekly goals align with your monthly goals, your monthly goals with your yearly goals. Taking this time every Sunday to plan your week and set goals allows you to frictionlessly move through your week and execute on the tasks that will move you closer to your dreams. Don't be busy. Be productive, focus on your One Thing, time block your day, and plan your weeks so that your tasks align with your goals. Hack away at the inessential. Go Get It!