This is the third of four concepts that will change the way you organize and manage your home.
If you missed the first two…
#1 – You don’t have to do anything. Click here to read #1.
#2 – There is no right or wrong decision. Click here to read #2.
#3 – You only have ONE thing to do.
Consider this concept today and see how everything shifts as you drop your old beliefs and old patterns of thinking.
Concept #3 – You only have ONE thing to do.
Only think about one thing.
And then only DO one thing.
You do not have sooooo much to do. Stop thinking that.
That thought makes you feel overwhelmed and feeling overwhelmed doesn’t help you get anything done!
You can only do ONE thing.
You cannot fold laundry and do dishes at the same time. Or, have a quality conversation on a sales call and play with your kids at the same time. And, finally, typing an email and doing errands at the same time is impossible…or at least very dangerous.
Stop looking at your long list and dramatizing ALL the things you have going on.
Just pick up one thing and focus on that one thing until the time you planned to work on it is complete.
Then set that one thing down and pick up one other thing, focus only on it until your time is done. Set it down and then move on to another one thing.
Use three tools to help you: a calendar, a post-it and a timer.
First, plan what you will do (one task) on your calendar with a start time and an end time.
I’m doing it with the task of writing this email.
I had planned on my calendar from 9:30-10:00: Write weekly email.
I looked at the clock. It was 9:30. I “picked up” the task of writing the email.
On my post-it note, I wrote: “Write email.“
Then, I set my timer for 30 minutes.
My ONLY focus was on writing the email.
Did my brain want to do other things? Yes! You better believe it. It’s very naughty at times. I had to leave for a doctor appointment at 10:15. My brain was offering that I didn’t have time to write this email. I should check my phone. I should print out this thing to work on at the doctor’s office. And on and on.
Nope. I see on my post-it “write email.” That is what I’m focusing on until my timer goes off.
Redirect my brain back to my task. Repeat. Repeat. Focus.
I’m only “holding” this task. This one thing.
Until it is 10:00 and my timer goes off.
Three key parts to the ONE thing:
- PLAN. Add tasks on your calendar with start and end times.
- WRITE. Write your task, your one thing, on a post-it before you start.
- SET. Set your timer.
TRAIN your brain to focus. Don’t allow yourself to do anything else.
I’m in the process of training my own brain in this. It takes practice! It is a skill.
Write one task you will do tomorrow on your calendar at a SPECIFIC time. Have a start and end time. Write the task as a result. Instead of “write email,” I write the result: “Weekly email scheduled.”
When the time comes, think of it like picking up the task, picking up the one thing. Clear your mind. You will focus only on this one thing until your timer goes off.
Follow the steps:
1. Write it on a post-it.
2. Set your timer.
3. Do the task.
Redirect your mind each time it strays. Don’t listen to the excuses and urges to do anything else. If you get distracted, look back at your post-it to remember what you are working on.
Do this every day.
What if you did this just one time every day?
You’d create some amazing results!
Post in the comments what one thing you are planning for tomorrow.
If you are sick of being stuck in clutter and indecision and overwhelm and ready to create a new result – like an organized you with an organized home – you’ll need to do something different than what you are doing now.
Schedule a free call with me here. I’ll share some different ideas. Even if you’re scared, embarrassed or ashamed you haven’t been able to do it on your own…all these years…it’s okay. Schedule a call.
I will gently show you see what’s been happening and how you can change everything.
Read Organizing Rule #4 here.