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How To Stop Procrastinating And Get Things Done

Our ability to do anything in life has to be based on the ability to do one thing at a time. I am convinced our brains can only handle so many thoughts, and even for our best efforts on the job, there is so much to do. I believe the ability to take each of those little tasks and tackle it alone is the key to mastering the world. If each thing you have to do is done by itself, with minimal distractions, you create the space you need to think and let go and go again until every little thing is done.

The power of the single task is that it allows you to be productive without having to think, but most people, in their mind, always feel they are procrastinating and doing something else when they don’t actually have the time to do it. In fact, this self-reflection is actually detrimental to your ability to move through your day and do the small tasks you need to do each day. Instead, you need to sit down and simply do the one task for which you are responsible, which is to say, to do one thing. The rest of your day should be filled with activity, and if you’re just sitting around doing nothing, you’ll never get things done. You’d rather spend that time talking your ear off to people that don’t seem the least bit interested in listening, but that’s exactly what you are doing.

The One Task You Need To Do

In writing about a method for making the single task your single goal, I said that there was a process to getting the process right and a technique to executing it at its best, but that the best technique for executing it was simply not to worry about what the result will be. I’ve taken that to heart. The idea is that the key to achieving and staying at the top of the pack is simply to make the effort. Your effort shouldn’t be measured in wins or losses, and it shouldn’t be in how the people who you’re with react to that effort. The effort should be what gives you the ability to continue and flourish in the day.

The idea is that if you do not make that one effort each and every day and that what you want to happen with that one effort is that you put in the time, you will never work harder than you already do, or better, than everyone else who does it, at all. So I try to make the effort every day just in case I do fail or fail badly, or if the person I’m with does something that is totally contrary to the concept of the one effort. This way I don’t feel as though failure or failure to be able to get the result on a particular day has taken a serious toll on what the outcome should be, and in the context of being a busy professional who works hard but takes time to get things done, this is pretty much an essential skill of being a productive professional.

The method I use is a little more complex than the simple method because I have to make the effort each and every day, as opposed to simply doing nothing and relying on who my current friend is. If I have the time to do everything I have to do, I have that time. If I have the time to wait, I don’t. If I have to spend ten minutes doing nothing, that’s a ten minute limit. But if I have to spend twenty minutes doing nothing, then that means I spent twenty five minutes on nothing. That means I must have worked ten minutes on something else other than my one thing. Now that would not be productive.

Now that I have said all that, I think I could say that one should make the effort to do things all day, as opposed to simply doing things for ten minutes, a little more time. But actually, the only method I’ve come across that actually works for accomplishing the single task is a simple one .

That method is simple, but so is the problem it addresses. The problem is the mental process of going through a list of items to pick or choose the one thing to do.

The Solution To The Single Task Problem

The first step was having the ability to say I don’t care what any one else thinks. And the second was having the ability to get the one thing I want to do on a given given day, on a given day, right now without thinking about it or asking anybody in the context of my current relationship.

I think I am pretty close to solving my problem. Once I get into a routine of doing the one thing every day, I can relax a little bit.