You need to know what matters most.
In the area of productivity, it doesn’t matter how efficient you are; your productivity won’t really increase. Many managers I come across in the workplace are working frantically on ten to twelve things all at once, and all of it gets done kind of average. In other words, a lot of ‘average stuff gets kinda’ done. I think there’s a problem with this. It means that we can the most crucial projects or tasks, which actually require most of our attention.
Gary Keller recently wrote a book called ‘The One Thing,’ and I love the premise of this book: that there is one thing that matters most. You have one most important step and everything else is just a distraction until that one thing is done. He describes it as being like a domino effect. If you can nail the one most important thing for your day, your week or your year, you trigger a domino effect and have the most impact.
Here is the big question I’ve been promising:
What is the one thing you can do, that through doing it, you’ll achieve the most leverage or make everything else easier?