Not sure where I saw saved this image from, but it captures the essence of getting things done.
When I think about all of the different things I need to do and take care of on my list – it can get pretty overwhelming and discouraging.
If you’re anything like me, you can even invent new ways to do other stuff, before you have to do the things you really need to do. The main things.
I like what Tim Ferris (4 hour Workweek) has to say about this. He says to ask yourself this question everyday:
“If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?”
In other words, what’s the main thing you need to get done today?
C’mon you know what it is. It’s the thing that’s been nagging and gnawing at the back of your mind as you’re trying to finish other “important” things.
And if it’s a choice between two or more legitimately important tasks, go back to Ferris’ question, “If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?”
Tim goes on to explain, “if you have already accomplished at least one important task in the day, don’t spend the last business hour returning a DVD to avoid a $5 late charge. Get the important task done and pay the $5 fine” (Ferris, 2007, p.83).
You’ll feel much more satisfied if you complete the main thing.
Only AFTER you’re done – time to celebrate. Have a latte. On me. Actually on Tim’s dime. He can afford it.