“It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.”
- Og Mandino
Why is it that although everyone has the same number of hours in a day, some people seem to consistently accomplish more than the rest of us? One of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st Century is managing our time with an ever increasing number of potential activities that can use up that limited time. In order to overcome procrastination and get the most important things done, you have to take a disciplined, systematic approach, which is why it’s best to start your day by working on your toughest task while your energy level is still high and before other issues and people start to distract you. Procrastination can only be defeated when you attack it head on, so focus on your toughest task first with laser focus.
Multitasking is a myth. Despite the fact that you can do more than one thing at a time (i.e. walk and talk), you can really only focus and concentrate on one task at a time. Every time you switch from one task to another task, you lose momentum which ultimately wastes time and delays completion of both tasks. We face the greatest psychological resistance from the things we fear most, which are often the tasks that are most challenging. You aren’t forced to do anything, you choose the actions you take at every moment of every day. If you choose wisely and take an ax to the toughest task as early in the day as possible, you’ll be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment that will energize you for the rest of the day and give you momentum that will make the rest of your day more productive and satisfying.