When was the last time you concentrated on accomplishing ONE task in 24 hours?
Lately, we all seem to be hardwired to “multi-task.” It’s as if we’re trying to prove to ourselves that we’re invincible.
To combat this, I’ve been consciously practicing the strategy of focusing on ONE work-related project daily. Rather than pretending to manage a long “to-do” list every day, I’m choosing ONE main item to accomplish each day. The item might be ONE that’s truly deadline driven (most aren’t), or ONE that has lingered on my list way too long and deserves closure. No matter the reason, I’ve discovered that when I devote my energy to ONE daily goal, my “to-do” list shrinks quickly.
At the end of each workday, I select the next day’s ONE project. That makes it easy to immediately dive into that ONE project the next morning.
Of course, not every project can be completed in ONE day. I’ve learned to break larger projects into sections that can be accomplished in a single day.
And sure, I’m regularly pulled away from my ONE task, be it responding to an immediate client need or taking part in a pop-up conference call. By knowing what my ONE task is for the day, however, I’m able to easily switch back and complete it.
By giving myself “permission” to focus on ONE main project per day, I’m feeling a greater sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in my work. I’m able to commit to client deadlines more readily. Rather than allowing myself to be pulled in many different directions each and every day, my greater focus is allowing me to work more quickly. And, I think my work is better overall.
Let me know your thoughts. Does the ONE strategy work for you?
by Rebecca Cochran