Do you ever have so much to do, you just don’t know where to start?
Has that ever led to you actually not starting at all?
Guilty as charged sir!
I know precisely what you mean.
There have been days I’m ashamed to admit, where I have looked at my list of ‘To Do’s’ and have been so overwhelmed I just shut it down and went and did something completely different for the day.
You see sometimes too many choices can lead to total procrastination.
Have you ever noticed these days that choosing a restaurant to eat with friends can be the most frustrating thing in the world (especially if doing so by text);
Do you fancy pizza, Chinese, Indian or Thai?
I don’t mind which one do you fancy?
I’m easy which one is good for you?
How about Chinese then? Or Indian? Or pizza? I like them all……
Let’s just stay in with a sandwich!
We are abundant with choice in the world we live in today and there may be a deeper argument that this might be one of the reasons there is so much dissatisfaction in the modern western world but that’s another blog post.
For now, what we want to do is increase our productivity and get things done so how do we do that?
How to Limit Your Choices for Increased Productivity
Gary Keller author of ‘The One Thing’ advocates focusing on only one thing at a time.
This is actually easier than you initially think when looking through the lists of things you want to do. (If you’re anything like me your lists are loooonnng).
The good news is that his ‘one thing’ is one thing in multiple areas making it in fact multiple ‘one things’, but in all the different categories of your life.
So what’s your priority in business, finance, health, family, personal development etc.
Don’t go crazy though and create more segments just because you think you want to fit more in!
For example my priorities this year are Health, Family, Business, Mission & Personal Development;
In each category in the past I have had a ridiculous amount of things I wanted to do / goals I wanted to achieve, for example, with health last year I was doing yoga, strength training, pilates, zumba and silks.
I wanted to be the best at all of them, eventually overwhelming myself and not becoming brilliant in any of them.
In business before I took a break, I was trying to increase my email list, build my audience, master social media, create and sell products, build an ecommerce business, be an affiliate marketer, write a blog, run a podcast, create videos etc, etc, etc.
This year (meaning my 46th year), my ‘one things’ are;
Health – Master Yoga. I want to master many yoga poses, and seriously increase my flexibility & strength.
Family – Make playing games as a family a nightly occurrence especially outside (that ones particularly for my instagram addicted daughter).
Business – Build my audience by publishing quality content regularly via blog posts & a podcast – I’ll go into my strategy for this more in another post.
Mission – Raise 100,000 Baht (around $3k) for Ride 4 Kids (I’m doing a 700km bike ride for a local charity in June next year).
Personal Development – Read or consume (I’m big into audio) a book a week.
Yes I’d also love to learn how to play the piano, learn how to day trade, start my new ecommerce business, go on mission trips to NGO’s in Africa & India etc.
There’s loads of other stuff I want to do, and it will all come in time, but we only have so many hours in the day and we have to ‘choose’ the most important things to move us closer to our goals right now.
NB: One thing to note is that these ‘one things’ are your main priorities. Not everything you’re going to do.
You will naturally fit other things in around your one things, but these are your default main goals which will help focus your mind.
Now It’s Your Turn
1. Identify the most important things you want to achieve in the various areas of your life. (Add the rest to a little black book of wishes & desires! I use Wunderlist and create braindumps of everything I want to do)
2. Whittle those lists down to your ‘one things’ in each category of your life.
Then get to work FOCUSING on your one things.
Believe me just removing the clutter of multiple goals clears the head and makes it so much easier to know what it is you need to do each day, which leads to increased productivity.
The key to success however, as always, is – action!
I hope this spurs you into action.
Have a great week.