What is the one thing you should be doing right now? The one thing that has the most impact on what you’re trying to achieve. Are you doing it?
I’ve heard variations of that advice some long time ago. Some people call it MITs, or Most Important Tasks. Others would quote the Pareto principle, or more commonly known as the 80/20 rule where 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. There’s even this book called ‘The One Thing‘ that tells you to find ‘the one thing’ you can do to that delivers the biggest results.
It’s simple, isn’t it? Focus on doing what’s most important, be it the one thing or the 20% effort. That’s all you need to do.
It works because now we don’t have to focus on the ten things or the other 80%. As you may have experienced, we have the tendency to procrastinate when faced with such huge lists of things to do.
Get away from the details and work on the big picture. If you do that one thing well enough, the details won’t matter anymore. Stop wasting precious mental resources focusing on tasks that have little impact. Instead, focus on those that are directly linked to delivering the results you want.
Who cares which word processor or editor you used if you managed to write awesome articles? Who cares what font type, font size, background color or layout you chose as long as it’s not unpleasant to read? Who cares which blogging platform you used as long as it satisfies your needs?
In a world with so much choice, the best thing we can do is simplify and focus on what matters. Everything else will take care of itself in due time.
What about the details, you asked? Surely they matter. Yes, but not for most people. Certainly not now anyway. They only matter once you’ve ticked off the easy wins, the MITs and the 20%. After that, you will be playing the optimization game. That’s when the devil is in the details.
But you’re not there yet, are you? Most people aren’t, most people still have a long way to go before they reach that point. So let me ask you again, what is the one thing you should be doing right now?