Sometimes I look at my 'to do' list and it gives me the shakes.
But then again...my outlook on 'to do' lists is probably not your average outlook.
I tend towards 'to do' mania...always fearful of throwing out the previous 'to do' list in case I miss something...or something on my old list suddenly becomes important again. I have 'to do' notebooks all the way back to the 1990's. I save them all...and..yes, I admit to secretly enjoying guesstimating where and when I wrote them.
Maybe it's an expat thing...moving from country to country with my lists. I kind of see them as a window into the 'day to day' of my previous lives....painting supplies in Sydney, fundraising ideas in Auckland, day trips in and around London, creating an herb gardens in Vietnam and the occasional reminders to take a hike in New Hampshire. Simple day to day lists of yesteryear which have become hidden treasures today.
Except...I have ONE big problem. My 'to do' lists of today have become procrastinating lists, some tasks and projects seem beyond comprehension and unmanageable. I often wonder if I have become my own worst enemy.
Can you relate?
The ONE THING.
I am reading a book called The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan...which essentially suggests you concentrate on one thing and do it well. I discovered the book through Laura McClellan's podcast, The Productive Woman. I enjoy the honesty in Laura's words and am thankful for the things she inspires me to do. You can listen and read her podcast here.
Do you ever ask yourself what the ONE thing that is most important to you? What is the ONE thing you most want to accomplish? If you could put all your energy into that ONE thing...would you finally accomplish that elusive goal or maybe determine what your next goal should be?
If you start reading this book you will be asking yourself similar questions about that ONE thing that could potentially make a difference in your life.
It makes me think about how I am living my life and wondering if I am asking myself the right questions. I am in an unusual situation at the moment, living between three countries, I often wonder how I can make the most of this time without freaking out over three countries worth of 'to do' lists.
I have decided to take my long lists and 'go small', focusing on what matters most and if the three lists merge into one or two things... I know I am on the right track. Going small. It is surprisingly easy when you put your mind to it.
""Going Small" is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It's recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It's a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It's realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus."
All this after reading a few chapters, I can't wait to see what comes next!
The One Thing..
you can read it here
For those of you feeling Queenly,