In today’s fast paced digital world, sometimes it can be difficult to set aside all those electronic devices that are constantly calling for our attention. Sometimes to truly succeed we should really focus on our “One Thing” at that moment in time. At the advice of an extremely motivational friend and husband, I spent some time reading “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” By Gary Keller and Jay Papasan and I walked away with some touching insight!
Most of us have the preconceived notion that longer hours and overtime are our ticket to success and unfortunately I used to believe the same exact thing. Rather than working more, the time we spend working on our careers should be more purposeful. Find your one thing in that given moment and give it all the attention it deserves. How many of us actually write our goals down? Not just our professional goals but our personal goals as well. Take some time to actually complete this task. Make it your first one thing! You’ll be surprised how it can keep you focused on accomplishing everything that is most important to you. Share these goals with your spouse, your family or even your friends. We all require support to achieve our goals and that support is what will help propel us further.
Time blocking can be a great tool to sharpen our focus on what matters most. It will help you produce results you never thought possible. AND the order in which you time block matters as well. Time block your time off first, (your time with your spouse, your family and your friends) your play time. Then time block your one thing! After that, don’t forget to time block your planning time. This should be at least one hour each week where you review your goals and track your progress while making adjustments along the way. The book constantly reminds us “What’s the ONE THING I can do right now – which in doing so will make everything else easier or unnecessary?” This is certainly a mantra we should all remember to repeat to ourselves!
I’ll leave you with a quote that hit me pretty hard. Remember sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference. It’s the little things that matter, that help give us the fuel, motivation and dedication needed to succeed in our careers and our personal lives!
“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” ― Gary Keller, The ONE Thing