Last month, I wrote about focus v. multi-tasking (read it here), inspired by the book The One Thing.

I’ve been reviewing this book again and the concepts around focus, and I wanted to share with you the book’s “Focusing Question.” It’s so good!

Focusing Question:

“What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

When we’re thinking about this question, we can look at it in both a macro and micro sense. The authors call it the big picture and the small focus.

For big picture, you’d ask yourself, “What’s my one thing?”

This question suggests we choose one big main goal to focus on.

The one big main goal can also be considered for different areas of our lives.

By focusing on one goal, this helps us with decision making and planning our time. We are clear with what we want and what we need to do.

For the small focus, you’d ask, “What’s my one thing right now?”

To answer this question, we would break our big goal down into smaller steps. Then, we put them in order, one thing at a time.

The book quotes Mark Twain:

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.”

Love it!

Is there an area of your life where asking and answering the focusing question could help move you forward?

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