I have many projects to tackle.
This is always evolving; some end, some begin, some drag on. Some produce results; others fail with nothing to show for it.
There are some days when they all converge, and, require attention all at once.
There are some of those days when I begin to feel frustrated at the lack of progress.
If I complete one, for example, but two more appear in the meantime, then I have seemingly lost ground.
This is an impossible feeling to tackle by looking at a pile of papers, list, or inbox.
I do have a list. But it’s not a ‘To Do’ list.
It’s a One Thing list.
It is on these most frustrating days that the One Thing list works best.
Use paper, Evernote, Google, or chalk. It doesn’t matter. I use WorkFlowy.
Spend 20 minutes arranging the list from top to bottom in order of most important to least important.
You must choose. Only one can be at the top.
Now you can begin.
(ONLY on the first one.)
Do not stop until it is done. Do not deviate, no matter how many more things appear.
Put the new things at the bottom.
When you do finish your One Thing, even if you do absolutely nothing else all day, you will have put in the best possible day you could have.
‘To Do’ lists are never ending.
One Thing lists are finite.