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One Thing at a Time: That’s How You Get Things Done

One thing at a time: such a simple phrase with such big implications. And, in truth, so bloody hard – at least for me! Sure, there are some days I find it easy to do one thing at a time. Others, however, make me feel like a 6-legged octopus with each leg trying to go a different direction. Needless to say, those days end up being a bit frustrating.

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Now, I’m not expecting every day to be an uber-productive day in which you’re able to focus effectively. You’re human, not a robot, and being dynamic is one of the fun parts. Also, if you’ve just wrapped up an uber-productive day, week or time period, it’s natural for the focus and energy to flake a bit. However, if one day after another you struggle to focus on any one thing, struggling to get anything at all done, you may want to test some things out.

When I have a day like that, I try to use a few simple strategies to bring my focus back. Honestly, I had to use them today when writing this. The past two days I have felt all over the place and naturally have not gotten much done. Not an ideal place to be. Especially when you have a blog to get out and a newsletter to send ;)

Let’s get to it. Do any one (or more) of the things below to get your focus back to doing one thing at a time:

1. Identify your number one priority.

Sounds so simple – and it is! If you know what your number one priority is and remind yourself of why that’s the case, it’s easier to focus on it. If you’re questioning what you’re doing or why, you’ll struggle to commit your undivided attention to it.

2. Eliminate all distractions.

Put your smartphone on silent and put it in a drawer. Better yet, put it in aeroplane mode and leave it in another room. If you’re working on your computer or laptop, turn all the pop-up notifications off and close any windows or applications you are not using. Hide your to-do list and forget everything else you have to do. Set yourself to succeed by only having one thing, the most important thing, in front of you.

3. Give yourself a deadline.

There’s nothing like the pressure of a looming deadline to get your sh*t done. Like 1 pm GMT on a Wednesday to get your blog written and your newsletter sent ;) Also, have somebody who holds you accountable for this. Ask a friend to check in on you when the deadline hits or, better yet, schedule a meeting or a coffee with someone after your deadline. That means you really have to finish it on time if you want to be on time to meet up.

I know – these tips are incredibly simple and pretty much common sense. Yet, sometimes it’s the simplest things that are hardest to implement. That’s exactly why I’m reminding you (and myself) of them!

I’d also love to hear from you. What is your number one tip for sticking to doing one thing at a time? Comment below with your insights and inspire the rest of the readers.

If you liked this post, please do share it, like it, tweet it, all of it – I really appreciate it :)

With that, I wish you good luck in your adventures and until next time!

With love, light, and happiness,

x Susanna

P.S. If you need help with your priorities or with making this stick, make me your accountability partner by getting coaching with me ;)


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2 Comments

  • Asad says:

    The first thing that came to my mind after reading the title is the book “first thing first”. there may be many other books regarding the importance of ‘doing one thing at a time’.
    I think that we can easily observe that our body system is also based on this rule. Many other examples exist in nature.
    In simple words, in whatever field you are working just focus on your work, write steps towards the destination, do focused work on a single step, try to avoid being distracted. And you will get success.

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