#94 Time management: the one thing


“Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus”.

The truth is that things don’t matter equally and success is found in doing what matters most. Sometimes it’s the first thing you do. Sometimes it’s the only thing you do. Regardless, doing the most important thing is always the most important thing.

1. Go Small: Don’t focus on being busy, rather focus on being productive. Allow what matters most to drive your day.

2. Go Extreme: Once you’ve figured out what actually matters, keep asking what matters most until there is only one thing left. That core activity goes to the top of your success list.

The Focusing Question

Is a double duty question. It comes in two forms: big picture and small focus. One thing is about finding the right direction in life and the other is about finding the right action.

The Big Picture Question: “What’s my ONE thing?” Use it to develop a vision for your life and the direction of your career or final year; it’s your strategic compass.

The Small Focus Question: “What’s my ONE thing right now?” Use this when you first wake up and throughout the day. It keeps you focused on your most important work.

Leave a Comment