What are you going to do today?

It’s the beginning of another new year, and it’s all stretched out in front of us. The question in my mind is what are you going to do today? Not tomorrow or next week or next month. It’s one of the things that really makes us lose focus on TODAY. If you’re thinking about what you did and didn’t do last year – forget about it, there’s nothing you can do today but learn from the mistakes and successes. Worrying about tomorrow isn’t going to help you accomplish anything, and thinking about it is going to be a waste of time.

If you want 2011 to be the best year you’ve ever had you’re going to have to remember the question above: what are you going to DO today? You noticed I capitalized DO; that’s right! Notice it doesn’t say think, feel, eat, or any other word. On one of my favorite blogs I read, I took some serious advice on his manifesto 18 months 2 blogs six figures that says

“Ruthlessly focus your efforts on things that work, and stop spending precious time on things that don’t.”

Any time not spent doing what your main focus is is going to be time wasted. The longer we loaf around, the longer it will take for us to have those results we want so bad. It’s not easy, I know, because as I write this post, I get that random text, I get the urge to go do something else, that lizard brain tells me “you can do it later, you don’t have to do it now,” someone calls to ask a favor, and countless other distractions. I understand how tough it can be and I’ve researched some solutions that might help you and me.

If you know what really matters, here’s a simple three step process to focusing on what matters and getting it done today:

  1. Make it extremely important – By this I mean put it on the top of your list of things to do; this task is something that you can’t go to bed before you finish. Sid Sivara says to “Clear important, but unnecessary items off your schedule for a day – and let them go. Every day that you spend on tasks that don’t matter is a day you can never recover – and that, to me, is an emergency.”
  2. One thing at a time – Some people seem to think that multi-tasking is a good thing, when in reality it isn’t. If you don’t eat and talk at the same time or read and drive also, why do something so dangerous as multi-task? My advice is to put all the effort and attention on one place at a time.
  3. Do it early – This one is the most crucial advice and I agree 100%. Make it a priority first thing in the morning to focus on the important tasks, and do the less important stuff later.

With all the distractions in the world, and on the web especially, it’s hard to keep focus on today. But if you’re determined and you have a deep desire and purpose to get somewhere with whatever it is you’re trying to do, you’ll figure out how to keep a sharp focus.

Once again I ask you what are you going to DO today?

  • Jon

    You nailed it! Focus your energy and strip away the distractions. Multi-tasking is, as you said, not really getting more done.

    Hey, site redesign?