For me February was a mixture of super productivity and lying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself. I am not a very good patient and incidentally and even worse nurse as my poor family will testify! As my virus neared the end I found myself unmotivated and overwhelmed and was finding it difficult to get going again.
In the search of a solution I decided to put the principals from the book “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan into practice, the principle of the book being to ask yourself – What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
Well I liked the idea of things being easier so I attempted to put it into practice. Initially finding that I had a lot of “yes, but I need to get ALL of the things on my list done” going on in my mind, whilst simultaneously not actually doing ANY of the things on my list!
I was beginning to wonder why I was attempting to add something new to my already fried and befuddled brain. Then it worked.
At last I felt the benefits of getting that ONE thing out of the way, My poor brain finally realised that it was not about ONLY doing one thing, it was about doing the one thing FIRST.
I was finally benefiting from doing the ONE thing first, I got better at identifying my One thing each day, and, hooray! I have been feeling much more motivated, what a relief!
The book covers the topic on many more levels than I have explained here and is well worth a read, in fact I think I will re read it in case my fried brain missed anything the first time!
If you are feeling overwhelmed by your To Do list why not try asking yourself the question “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” and let me know how you get on by replying commenting on this post or sharing your experiences in my Facebook group.
I would love to hear from you.