You wake up to start the day and your mind naturally starts putting together a to-do list right away.
- Get breakfast made
- Feed the pet
- Prep lunch
- Answer emails
- Check what's happening on Facebook
- Put gas in the car
The morning list then goes on and on and on and on. You haven't even gotten to start your work day yet and create that to-do list!
The question we ask, is it good to have a to-do list? Does that help you figure what needs to be done and get through your day?
Does the to-do list slow you down? Does it have you focusing on the things that aren't really moving you forward?
Many of us like to create to-do lists. That way we can clear all of the thoughts that are running around in our head. By putting them on paper it allows us to stop thinking about them and know we will get them done.
Many of us love to check things off on our to-do list because it makes us feel like we have accomplished something with our day or our time.
A mentor of mine taught me early to create a to-do list each day and then sort the list with the most important thing at the top. He then told me to draw a line between #5 and #6 on the list and my day could not end until the top 5 were complete.
According to the studies and research shared in The ONE Thing it is time to take that to the extreme. As you create your to-do list, sort it with the most important thing and do the first thing and the first thing only. Once that is done, sort your list once more.
If you have the correct item at the top of your list, completing it should make everything else easier or unnecessary in your world.
Remember that the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do.
Turn your to-do list into a success list!
By asking yourself the focusing question you will find the item that should be #1 on your success list help you work on the right thing!
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Chadalyst - Create your to-do list and then ask yourself the focusing question - What's the ONE thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Now review your to-do list and convert it into a success list. Find that FIRST domino!