post written by: Marc Chernoff
“I Will Do One Thing Today” To-Do List
This morning I informed my colleagues that I had only one thing on my to-do list. Two of them chuckled, a few of them rolled their eyes, but every one of them assumed I would spend most of my day slacking off. They changed their minds, however, when our boss sent out a mass email this afternoon praising me for resolving a principal issue that my colleagues had been sidestepping all week long.
In my boss’s eyes, the one thing on my to-do list was more important than the fifty other things my colleagues had accomplished during the same timeframe.
A Commitment to One Thing a Day
Some people spend 90% of their time organizing their time. Some tackle to-do lists peppered with insignificance that stretch a mile long. And still, there are others who refuse to do anything at all.
As for me, I am committed to doing one thing a day, and that has made all the difference.
The One Thing To-Do List
What one thing will you do today?
Get out a blank sheet of paper and a pen. Write “I will do one thing today!” in big letters across the page. Then list your one thing at the bottom. It should look something like this:
Make your own “I Will Do One Thing Today” to-do list every morning and get it done before you get sidetracked with unimportant stuff.
Give the Gift of Simplicity
Our friend Kit over at Pretty Bitter has taken the idea of a “one thing” to-do list a step further. He has created 2×3 sticky notepads with the phrase “I will do one thing today.” pre-printed on each note. Even better yet, they’re only $1.99. They make great gifts for colleagues and friends. Check them out!