Do only one thing at a time.
While doing that one thing, focus on just that one thing, and nothing else.
When that one thing is done, direct your focus to the next one thing you’re doing.
No matter how long your list of things to do, handle and address, this process works to reduce or even completely eliminate overwhelm.
Overwhelm: give too much of a thing to (someone); inundate.
One thing isn’t too much for you.
I understand the concept of one thing at a time, Dre. But, how do you do this though?
It’s not as easy to just focus on one thing when I have all this stuff on my plate — many of them urgent and/or stress-inducing situations. How do I do it?
The Easiest Way To Do Anything Is To Just Do It.
A woman once asked me how she could manage to wake up early and work out before heading to work.
“What time would you need to wake up in order to get your workout in?”
“Ok. Set your alarm for 6:15 AM. When the alarm goes off, get out of bed, get dressed and take your ass to the gym.”
Focus IS Easy. Distraction is hard.
Distraction is difficult.
Distraction is the absence of focus. You’re paying attention to too many things at once (or you’re at least trying to). Distraction is how your time and energy get drained.
Focus is hard only when:
- You haven’t prioritized. So you don’t know what to do first and what to do next.
- You’re not invested in the thing you’re supposed to be focused on. Think of a disinterested kid forced to sit quietly in school. It doesn’t go well.
- Your energy is drained. Which is why you should start your days addressing your top priorities while your energy is up.
Ask The Right Question.
If I could only get one thing done today that would make this day a “win,” what would it be?
The answer to that question — a question which you can ask of yourself every day, by the way — is the recipient of your focus. You’ve just identified it as the most important thing. Start there, and stay there until it’s done.
Focus is a key concept in the Game Group Membership, where Strategy and Reaults are the name of the game.