As much as you would like to do all the things – it is wise to take one thing at a time. Slowly and patiently. Sometimes it is better to do one thing with all your might then do ten things with less focus.
Imagine you were on a team to play football. At the same time, you are thinking about how you will play chess later that day. It will do 2 things. For the current moment, your performance will be ruined and then later you will play badly because of the bad day.
So focusing on 2 or more things might probably ruin your day. But we keep doing them. Daily like a habit – a bad one.
It is not to say you don’t have the skill set or the talent to handle multiple things. It isn’t a thing to feel sad about. It is the path to excellence. Imagine you need to write a novel. Make that your goal for the next six months.
Of course there might be small things to take care of every day but the first thing you should do is write a page about your book. The idea is to put your best energy in one big thing.
Break it Down
Focusing on one thing doesn’t mean it has to be something small. Be brave and set the high bar goals for yourself. Anything you wish – have the talent or skill set – or the desire to learn and invest time in.
The next step is break it down. For example, if you want to learn swimming. You can go in the deep waters. First few weeks are spent in shallow water, you try to float and get yourself comfortable in the water. At this point you don’t have to worry about the deep water.
Focus on the smallest thing possible now – do that and then move on to the next thing. You should make sure to do the justice to the small chunks in bits.
And in the end the big goal will take care of itself. It isn’t magic – it is math. By doing so, you won’t feel the pressure and won’t get intimidated when things go a little off the schedule. In the end your dedication and the desire to not quit matters the most. Your goals would also seem more doable when you cut them in small mini-goals.
You are probably working on your dream project and you are thinking of it as your baby. You do the research, do the presentation and 10 different things associated with it.
And you get burned out.
It feels tough to bring in someone else to look after something which is close to you. Fun fact : You won’t succeed unless you learn to leverage other people. People with different skill set and most of the times better than you. Nothing to feel sad about.
You can’t do all the things by yourself. You are no superwoman. Maybe you do have to juggle between your day job and side hustle but that’s it.
Ease yourself up and hire other people to help you in your journey. Whatever you want to accomplish in life, doing it as a trustworthy and capable team makes it possible faster. Focus on one thing at which you are best at. Maybe it is coming up with ideas or writing the presentation.
Rest of the work should be done by your team members as per their capabilities. Don’t think of this as a way to feel you might lose the power. Think of it as a journey which will impact more people than you can ever imagine. For that you need power – power of leveraging great people.
Next time when you find yourself getting less things done – try revisiting your to-do-list and eliminate the distractions. Focus is the new cool.