One Productivity Tip That Prevents Burnout

I use this tip religiously to advance my work

Chau Trieu
Midform

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Photo by Ryland Dean on Unsplash

A to-do list can be mentally-taxing.

When you have a list of unfinished tasks laid out in front of you, it’s hard to focus on just one. You can be writing your book while thinking about those unreplied emails. You’d feel the urge to bounce between tasks.

But then, dividing your attention too frequently would make you feel overwhelmed that you might stop doing everything altogether.

At the end of the day, nothing gets done and you’d feel bad for having an unproductive day.

It’s a vicious cycle.

In the famous book The ONE Thing, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan state that getting extraordinary results starts with just ONE thing.

Ask yourself:

“What’s the ONE Thing I can do today that by doing it everything else will be easier or even unnecessary?”

When you get this thing done, you can already consider your day productive. Moreover, it might even motivate you to do other tasks. Once this becomes habitual, you’ll even get better at prioritization. Getting your life together won’t be too far-fetched.

Key Message: Do just one important thing a day and everything else will fall into place.

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Chau Trieu
Midform
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