As I sit in my hotel room in Ottawa doing some work before going to the gym, I think about how important it is that we focus our efforts on something. I want to do about 45 minutes of work, but I need to pick something to work on. My to do list seems like it is a mile long and that is sometimes overwhelming, so I need to pick one thing and one thing only to work on. That way I know I will get at least one thing accomplished.
My guess is that I am not the only one who has this problem. With out lives being so busy it is easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of life and not move anything forward. People call this spinning your wheels. How can you avoid this? Pick one thing and do it. Pick one task and move it forward. If you pick one thing every day and move it forward, think about how productive you will be. Our lives are filled with email, phone calls, PDAs, social media, instant messaging…..all ways to distract us from focusing our efforts. There are more distractions than ever. How do we avoid the distractions? Turn down the volume, move above all of the noise and focus on one task or activity. Only one at a time, and move it forward.