“You must be single-minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided.”
General George S Patton
“Success demands singleness of purpose”
Are you always busy but never getting anything done? According to Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, authors of The One Thing, the secret to life is just one thing. Stick to one thing and this approach will get you what you want in life. Big success comes when we do a few things well.
Make an Action Item List (AIL-Ail or Fail) of all the things you need to do. Add to the list every time you hear something that is a great idea for you company and you want to implement it, every time you get your own good idea or every time you hear an idea from an internal or external client.
On a daily basis add to your Action Item List daily chores and responsibilities and then fill the remainder of the day with things from your AIL list. The secret to accomplishing more than most people do is to focus on 1 thing from your AIL list. The trick is to figure out what the most important thing is on ‘AIL’ and do that first. Stay with that until it is accomplished and then move onto the next thing. Accomplishing 1 thing each day will inevitably lead to accomplishing the many components that comprise the CORE of your 1 thing, your ultimate goal, that may take you the remainder of your life to accomplish, but if you accomplish that 1 thing better than anyone else you will always be successful.
Prioritizing your ‘action item list’ works the same way. You need to determine the1 thing that will give you the most return for your investment of time and do that first. It might not be the most fun thing on your list, or the most glamorous thing on your list, but it will give you the best return on your investment of time.
Begin each day with preparing for your day. Schedule your day with what appointments, commitments and interruptions you know you have for that day. Time permitting, go to your AIL and choose the best task from the list and schedule that task allowing for sufficient time to perform that task in the most effective way. Remember, choosing the best task is more important than performing it efficiently. However, a combination of the two will return the best return on your investment of time.
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