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Focus Challenge Day 4: 80/20 Your Life

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Focus Challenge Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the 5-day Focus Challenge. If you haven’t yet, make sure to complete Day 3 before attempting today’s challenge. Today’s challenge is all about identifying the ONE thing that will provide the most momentum towards creating the future you’ve always dreamed of and focusing on that.

Let’s get started.

We’re all busy. We’ve all got too much to do, and not enough time to do it in. So how in the world are we supposed to find time to focus on and consistently do the things that will create the future that we’ve always dream of?

It’s not as difficult as you think. But it does take a mindset shift. Once you understand that not all tasks are created equal, you can find the time to take significant action on your goals – even amidst the business of everyday life.

The Pareto Principle

The Pareto principle (or law of the vital few) states that for many events, roughly 80% of the results come from 20% of the efforts. For example:

  • 80% of sales come from 20% of customers
  • 80% of the errors come from 20% of the code
  • 80% of the world’s wealth is owned by 20% of the population

In fact, according to Wikipedia, the Pareto principle was actually named after the Italian economist Vilfred Pareto, who observed that roughly 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. Story has it that he recognized this after noticing that about 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained about 80% of the peas.

The Pareto principle teaches us that roughly 80% of the value is achieved from only 20% of the effort. The same is true when deciding what to work on that will help you create your ideal future. You don’t need 40 extra hours per week in order to create the future you’ve always dreamed of. You just need to work smart by picking the things that will provide you biggest return on your time, attention, energy, and focus investment. So if you can identify the 20% of things you could be doing that provide 80% of the value and focus only on those things, you can maximize your results and create your ideal future faster than you ever thought possible.

You just have to make it a priority.

Finding your one thing

In the book Essentialism, Greg McKeown talks about how the word “priority” came into the English language in the 1400s as a singular noun. It literally meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for about the next 500 years or so.

It actually wasn’t until the 1900s that people started pluralizing the word and talking about multiple priorities. Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality and somehow we would be able to have multiple “first” things.

Even though this makes absolutely no sense, people and companies routinely try to do just that. In the book, Greg talks about how one business leader in a company that talked about “Priority 1, Priority 2, Priority 3, Priority 4, and Priority 5, etc.” This gave the impression that many things were the priority, but in reality, it actually meant that nothing was.

Your goal today is to identify and prioritize the ONE thing you can do tomorrow that will provide the greatest movement towards creating your ideal future. It doesn’t have to be big or important, it just has to be significant. Leverage the Pareto principle and apply the 80/20 rule to creating your ideal future.

80/20 the 80/20

While many people have never even thought about their life in terms of the Pareto principle, where things get interesting is when you apply the 80/20 rule to the 80/20. If you apply the 80/20 rule to the 20% of things that are providing you 80% of value, you end up with only 4% of actions creating 64% of the value!

This is important because it means that no matter how much time you have to devote towards creating your ideal future, you can still make significant progress by choosing the right things to work on.

Exercise

Look back at the the five things you identified yesterday which will help you achieve your ideal future. Which one will provide the biggest impact? This is not the same as how big the task is – the smallest task might actually be the one that makes the biggest impact.

Make sure that you select the thing that will provide the greatest return on your time investment if you could only do 1 of them. This is the 80/20 for your ideal future, and what you are going to work on tomorrow during your focus block.

Once you’re done, let us know what your one thing is in the comments below. Then get ready to take action tomorrow!

Update: Day 5 is live.

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103 Comments

Posted by Jon Surratt  | May 25, 2017 at 7:26AM | Reply

Hop back on the accountability train for my current 12WY (do some catch-up scorekeeping after a couple weeks of travel) and refocus on my key goals for the remainder of the period.

Posted by Luciano Rizzi  | May 25, 2017 at 7:35AM | Reply

My #1 priority for tomorrow is to kick start the development of a new web app I planned for my 12-week year. This is my most important project for this year and tomorrow is the day to start writing the very first lines of code.

Posted by Deanne  | May 25, 2017 at 8:15AM | Reply

My first priority is to write out my budget and financial plan to put myself in the best position possible for my retirement (in about 10 years).

Posted by Steven  | May 25, 2017 at 9:28AM | Reply

My biggest priority is sticking to my new daily routine. That above all else will put me in a better position to achieve all my other goals.

Posted by Joe  | May 25, 2017 at 9:45AM | Reply

My one thing will be to do at least one hour of focused practice daily.

Posted by Gemma Billings  | May 25, 2017 at 9:55AM | Reply

My big thing is to further develop my skillset to get into a better position (I recently took a paycut to move to a bigger city to follow my downsized husband), and that will get me into a job I love again (project schedule management).

Posted by Ken Buchanan  | May 25, 2017 at 10:17AM | Reply

12WY reset… became very reactive the last couple of weeks. Doing a refocus session and get back on track.

Posted by Chelsea Tampa  | May 25, 2017 at 10:18AM | Reply

My big thing is to develop and implement a solid business plan in order to become the Real Estate Sales Associate and Eventually Broker for the real estate development company and construction firm I currently work for.

Posted by Kim  | May 25, 2017 at 10:23AM | Reply

I need to get back into my morning routine. When I was working a full-time job, and a new mom, I had NO time for myself… other than early mornings. I’d get up at 4:30 a.m., take a spinning class, catch up with a friend in the locker room while getting dressed for work, then devote a 1-2 hours to a project that was important to my long-term goals before starting my “normal” job at 9 a.m. Now that I quit my job to chase those long-term goals (yay!) I can’t get that morning routine back. Hit the snooze button for a full hour this morning, and my workout vanished. Any tips on re-setting your biological clock? My body just fights me every day…

Posted by Luis Matos  | May 25, 2017 at 10:23AM | Reply

For me its following up on my social network. Doing this provides more personal happiness as well as potential career opportunities.

Posted by Kendal  | May 25, 2017 at 10:44AM | Reply

Agree with above….morning routine and financial planning for retirement in 10 years

Posted by Amanda Watson  | May 25, 2017 at 10:49AM | Reply

My ONE thing is passing a certification exam that I’ve been wanting to do. I will benefit in my career direction, knowledge base, and even financially!

In my focus block tomorrow I will focus on Studying – “undistracted” studying.

This will give me the biggest return for time and effort invested.

Awesome stuff!

Posted by Tracy  | May 25, 2017 at 10:52AM | Reply

My priority tomorrow is a small project related to books and a weekly blog post segment I want to unveil in July.
– Inventory the book review sheets I’ve prepared since January
– Identify 3 new books to read / review in June.
– Schedule time or create a new ritual for reading 30 minutes per day.
– Brainstorm ideas for what I will call this feature.

This micro project will help me monetize my blog.

Posted by Johann Smit  | May 25, 2017 at 10:55AM | Reply

Combining this with the video that Than shared in the Dojo Forum “5 Step Thinking Process” and something just clicked! Thanks for this – My one thing is to reach out to at least 5 new prospects a day to build my new business.

Posted by Rachel Schmitz  | May 25, 2017 at 11:01AM | Reply

My one thing is writing… what I currently do for work is a stepping stone to finance my goal of starting a podcast and eventually publishing a book in a few years. I desire to help people live for a purpose greater than
themselves and enlarge their vision for what is possible. We should each dream big and focus on taking specific steps to reach our dream. We will never arrive at our destination if we don’t first take the time to determine where we’re going and the follow through to chart our course to get there; lastly take step after step until we reach the destination.

Posted by Peter  | May 25, 2017 at 11:06AM | Reply

One thing people tend to forget about the Pareto Principle is that it is ONLY VALID FOR INDEPENDENT VARIABLES.

So don’t forget to look upfront if the tasks that you have on your plate are independent.

Posted by Ranier  | May 25, 2017 at 11:11AM | Reply

For me, it’s being consistent with my start up company’s social media because it yielded us with so much success in the past but as of late and as things came up, we neglected it due to intangible results that we couldn’t see. Right on Asian Efficiency!

Posted by Jason  | May 25, 2017 at 11:30AM | Reply

My ONE thing has been the same for years. To finish my graphic novel. I’ve been working on it off and on, but directed, focused, scheduled time toward it will catapult this project to completion. This has been a great series of practices. Thank you.

Posted by Brandon  | May 25, 2017 at 11:39AM | Reply

Definitely, focus on setting up a daily routine! Taking time aside to be more deliberate in driving the future I want.

Posted by Alice  | May 25, 2017 at 11:44AM | Reply

My one thing is to actually implement the debt reduction and savings plan that I’ve created. I notoriously create them over and over, and then “something comes up.”

Posted by Derek  | May 25, 2017 at 11:47AM | Reply

I don’t know if I’m going in a different direction with this than was intended, but my 80/20 thing to do is to curb my unhealthy habits and behavior (drinking and eating to excess, not getting enough exercise, not sleeping right, etc.). These things are what most disrupt my ability to consistently “get things done.”

Posted by Zaf  | May 25, 2017 at 12:02PM | Reply

My tip priority is to find a new job

Posted by Lindsay Wilcox  | May 25, 2017 at 12:16PM | Reply

I got so excited yesterday about being fairly well aligned that I forgot to list five things I could do to reach full alignment—instead I just went straight to adding one item to my to-do list that will move me towards my vision!

So for today, I went back and listed five things. I did two of them immediately because they took less than 2 minutes. Another one will also take two minutes, but I haven’t done it yet. Another one can’t wait until tomorrow, so only one item fits the bill for today’s assignment: research the freelance submission process for a weekly newspaper in my new city. That is on my to-do list for tomorrow.

Posted by Jason Stone  | May 25, 2017 at 12:38PM | Reply

I have been promising myself for several years that I would create a website for my business, but I never have taken time to actually do it. I’ve gone through the motions, created some content, and even purchased a domain recently – but I haven’t followed through to create and published my website. It would be the ONE thing that I could do that would make a huge impact on my life and start moving me in the direction of my dream life. So, that’s what I’m now committed to do tomorrow during my Focus Block.

I thought that making time for a Focus Block would just get me further behind, but it seems to be saving me more time than it takes from me, I feel like I have MORE time now to do the things I need to do and I’m accomplishing more now in a day than ever before. Given that, I have increased my Focus Block from 30 minutes per day to 2 hours per day.

It’s amazing to me just how focused I can become when there is a timer running and I know I must do it within that timeframe. Things that I used to see as welcomed distractions don’t seem as distracting to me now. This challenge is exactly what I needed to get myself on the right track.

Posted by Dan  | May 25, 2017 at 12:42PM | Reply

#1 thing – wake up earlier & spend that time working on most important things.

Posted by Helena  | May 25, 2017 at 12:43PM | Reply

My priority is to work on my dissertation and write at least 200 words per day. At the end of two years I will be done and ready to get a teaching job, which will be the start of my second career!

Posted by Kate D.  | May 25, 2017 at 12:45PM | Reply

I am going to try the thing that is hardest for me, which is to get out of the house and meet new people, by signing up for a local photography class or workshop.

Posted by Audrey  | May 25, 2017 at 12:55PM | Reply

Since monday you’ve helped me realize that I need to actually do the things I’ve been dreading to do since a few months, and are actually holding me back even though I don’t want to admit it. Doing these few things will actually help me move forward a lot, that’s my 20% doing 80% of the job. For example I’ve been writing for my thesis and need to meet up with my professor but I’m scared of what he will say. However I know meeting with him will help me advance my work a lot.

Posted by Jackie  | May 25, 2017 at 12:56PM | Reply

Wow, being clear that the biggest task may not make the biggest impact is so important. Of my list of 5 action items, it’s so easy to think that the step that will take me to achieving my biggest dream – to start my own business – is actually NOT my one thing.

Breaking down my ideal future showed me that my ideal future is to live a peaceful, stress-free, and inspired life. Owning my own business may be a path to that desired future, but it’s not the one thing. Doing daily activities that bring me joy and make me feel transported to another world – such as reading, drawing, or even meditation – is my ONE thing.

Posted by Liz  | May 25, 2017 at 1:07PM | Reply

It was a toss-up between two tasks. I wrote out the pros and cons of each. I decided on spending some time on my two new potential clients’ work. This will help jumpstart our efforts and hopefully kick things into high gear with one or both of them. It’s all part of what I’m hoping will be my new career.

Posted by Chris  | May 25, 2017 at 1:30PM | Reply

#1 is to get back into God’s Word. It provides the biggest benefit to the other areas of my life as well when I am in tune there.

Posted by Yasin Najib  | May 25, 2017 at 1:39PM | Reply

Already on my focus block. It seemed intuitive to have it there.

Posted by Joel  | May 25, 2017 at 1:59PM | Reply

I actually don’t think I have the “right”/expected answer to this, though it still feels like a good exercise. For one thing, my fairly non-quantifiable spiritual journey is important to me. (It also is one of the neglected spots I identified yesterday.) Maybe if I made my one thing reading and meditating, it would help clarify all my other “priorities” in life.

For the more ordinary stuff, I think fitness is very important: it gives me energy, boosts my mood, and helps me sleep better, so there are some big feedback effects. Maybe allowing myself even more sleep-time will paradoxically increase my work output as an artist.

Posted by Joel  | May 25, 2017 at 2:01PM | Reply

I shoulda clarified, if I have to choose just ONE of those non-spiritual goals, it would be fitness.

Posted by Ashley  | May 25, 2017 at 2:07PM | Reply

Focusing on getting to bed earlier. I can’t reach my goals each day tired and my schedule requires an early wake-up.

Posted by Tomas  | May 25, 2017 at 2:22PM | Reply

My priority will be to work on completing my 12yw. I’ve been postponing completing this.

Posted by Kristie DeRoque Carlson  | May 25, 2017 at 2:38PM | Reply

Waking up earlier

Posted by Michael Peay  | May 25, 2017 at 2:39PM | Reply

Since I’m looking into a job change, reviewing and updating my resume to be in alignment with my ideal future is the most impactful thing I can do this week.

Posted by Kristie DeRoque Carlson  | May 25, 2017 at 2:41PM | Reply

Wake up earlier

Posted by Jonathan  | May 25, 2017 at 2:48PM | Reply

My Priority is to push my financial position up one step per day

Posted by Eric S  | May 25, 2017 at 3:03PM | Reply

Damn – basically did this during yesterday’s exercise so today’s challenge done. My one thing is to stop adding sugar to things particularly my coffee.

Posted by Andrew  | May 25, 2017 at 3:10PM | Reply

Would you believe may highest priority is to plan a retreat with my wife?

Posted by JL  | May 25, 2017 at 3:13PM | Reply

The ONE thing to do tomorrow is to clean my DTPO inbox.

Posted by Justus  | May 25, 2017 at 3:26PM | Reply

Well if there is one thing that I can do, is come forward with my activities. That is not my strongest point. At all. But I have read the book of Grant Cardone, The 10x Rule, and with that in in mind I am going to put myself on the map. In Holland, that is. My first action tomorrow is to post on soial media and making a business card.

Posted by Tanner G  | May 25, 2017 at 4:12PM | Reply

Love this concept, and it was a great pairing with the previous exercise. My 80/20 exercise is going to be some paperwork/forms that have been pending in my inbox for several weeks. It’s so simple, but would make a big impact on my future plans. Just because something isnt the most fun or exciting doesnt mean it should be shoved to the bottom of my list.

Posted by Torsten  | May 25, 2017 at 4:21PM | Reply

Day 4 Done — Cutting the gras before the rain comes back.

Posted by Mary Lynn  | May 25, 2017 at 4:38PM | Reply

My priority is, as many of you shared, to get up earlier in the morning and rock my morning ritual!!

Posted by Justin  | May 25, 2017 at 4:39PM | Reply

Just read this in Eat That Frog.. my #1 block is training and studying for a license I am getting.

Posted by Julian  | May 25, 2017 at 4:50PM | Reply

Thanks for the awesome post!
Being overwhelmed with my deadlines of university right now, I want to face my presentation of my paper. With you guys, I am look forward to finding traction on this crucial task.

Posted by Laco  | May 25, 2017 at 5:08PM | Reply

My one thing will be start using Microsofts Intelingent Internet of Things Cloud. There is a great future in it for me as a developer

Posted by Ben Phi  | May 25, 2017 at 5:12PM | Reply

This was a difficult one, because I had to choose between acing my coursework and getting job experience through external processes such as internships and jobs. However, I felt that this could be merged together because much of the subject matter, exercises, studying, etc. correlates to the sort of work that I can expect in a career, after all, college is meant to help you master skills and knowledge. So I would say that my number one priority (redundant, gotta get out of that habit!) is to focus on honing skills and mastering knowledge of computer science, so that I can accomplish two things: #1 graduate/get certification, and #2 be job-ready for the future.

Posted by André  | May 25, 2017 at 5:13PM | Reply

My notion now is that my number one priority is developing my speaking skills to a professional level. That said, Toastmasters will keep a focus area, with a lower priority to leadership though.

Posted by Ola  | May 25, 2017 at 5:34PM | Reply

My problem has always been focus and distraction. The one thing I will do is is start with one hour of focused work. Before I do that I will eat 2 frogs (working with my company’s budget and register bills) – then I will focus on sales related tasks like planning customer related happenings and produce cool videos for FB which I really enjoy. Which will boost our sales. Which in the end will help me achieve the goals I have set.

Posted by Dale  | May 25, 2017 at 5:39PM | Reply

While not really an “activity,” quality of sleep and refreshment impacts everything I do the next day so working/concentrating on getting quality-sleep is my priority.

Posted by Joyce  | May 25, 2017 at 6:35PM | Reply

#1 Priority: career transition!

Posted by Jens  | May 25, 2017 at 6:40PM | Reply

I figured out I should carve out regular time to write every day. As if I’m not doing this consistently I will not make real progress and eventually forget about my goal m/idea/dream. So writing every day for at least some time should be the one thing I have to do/change.

Posted by Kenneth  | May 25, 2017 at 6:47PM | Reply

Actually this needs more thought to it. The 80/20 principle is easy to state, but to carry out in response to yesterday’s five main things, how should one do it? Either prioritise and spend 80 percent on one of the five main things, or for individual main things, apply the 80/20. Food for thought.

I thought I will do some reflection. The reason why I feel so busy is that there are so many things I need to get done at work. First, to learn all the aspects so that I can answer for my department when I need to. Second, to do the right things. Sometimes when we apply the 80/20, it means 80 percent either gets delegated or not done. But they may still be important but just less so than the 20 percent. Not doing it or placing emphasis just means a degradation of standards.

From my point of view, the solution, or the 80 percent effort is to lead, in two areas. First to groom the sub team leaders to carry out the work and manage the teams, and second is to delegate but still have a system to check and balance.

I would love to read about how other people develop their systems in management. Too many times we have articles on individual management; how we manage our time, track tasks (getting things done) etc. But as a manager, it might get overwhelmed.

Posted by Oren  | May 25, 2017 at 7:41PM | Reply

My one thing is to follow-up with the companies I sent my resume to remind them that I’m interested.

Posted by Kimi  | May 25, 2017 at 7:54PM | Reply

My one thing is to concentrate on my health since health defines the quality of my life. I have already changed my food mindset and diet and was rewarded with a lot more energy. Now my body is strong enough to start doing regular exercise. I will start a “gong” where I agree to do xyz for 100 days in a row. This means that if I skip any one of the xyz items in the agreement, I need to reset the gong counter back to Day 1. (For more information, see Pedram Shojai’s book, “The Urban Monk.”) As this is my first gong, I will keep my gong list to the things on my morning routine that are mostly ingrained as habits, but add Qigong Practice to it. [Whew! There is added power to making my intention public!]

Posted by Karen  | May 25, 2017 at 8:16PM | Reply

Morning rituals

Posted by Michael  | May 25, 2017 at 8:20PM | Reply

Read Essentialism a couple of months ago and did this exercise. It created a lot of space for me and helped me get to sleep on time, while my peers are getting less than 6 hours and less productive.

Posted by Elmer Thomas  | May 25, 2017 at 8:20PM | Reply

My one thing is to eat healthy. The energy and longevity achieved from doing that consistently can drastically improve the quality of my life and those that depend on me.

Posted by Aliona  | May 25, 2017 at 9:01PM | Reply

I often set time aside to work on a task, however something else interrupts me and demands my time, as a result I focus on a different task.

By going through today’s exercise my one thing is to respect the boundaries I am trying to setup and use the blocked time to work on the planned task.

I booked a conference room in the office for 1 hour (daily). I will turn off email and phone – to create uninterrupted environment.

Posted by Rick  | May 25, 2017 at 10:01PM | Reply

Exercise.

Posted by Teresa  | May 25, 2017 at 10:20PM | Reply

work on a budget so that we can retire and travel. apply to job that i have been putting off, b-c of fear that i am not good enough to be there.

Posted by Brock  | May 25, 2017 at 10:20PM | Reply

My priority is to focus my attention and energy on growing my skills as an editor. This will allow me to do the one thing I love doing the most – telling great stories. I need to balance this priority by taking regular breaks, drinking water and moving throughout the day to maintain my energy, creativity, and focus.

Posted by Aliona  | May 25, 2017 at 10:40PM | Reply

Every day I set time aside (1 hour) to work on my most important task, however very often I get interrupted by email / phone / colleague coming by to chat and etc.

My one thing is to focus on enforcing the boundaries for this 1 hour time slot to be uninterrupted.

Tomorrow I will work on setting up uninterrupted environment: book a conference room at work, turn off phone and email; and will spend that 1 hour working on the actual task as planned.

Posted by Janeson Keeley  | May 25, 2017 at 10:43PM | Reply

I resolve to use my Apple Watch hourly stand reminder to take an ~actual~ break from what I am doing.

Posted by Kaity  | May 25, 2017 at 11:16PM | Reply

So my top value in life is actually striving to love God and Christ. Another value I wrote down yesterday is peace. I decided to that tomorrow I will have a good study of the scriptures and other sermons to gain some insight and guidance on how to navigate a challenge that has been causing a lot of stress (i.e. opposite of peace). It will be a small thing that will bring me peace throughout the whole day.

Posted by Kaloyan Atanasov  | May 25, 2017 at 11:18PM | Reply

The One thing for me: To enhance my circle of influence with powerful, wealthy, on a contribution level people.

Posted by Michelle  | May 25, 2017 at 11:52PM | Reply

Figure out what side services I can provide that are fun and that I am skilled in and the value of them.

Posted by Sten Morten  | May 26, 2017 at 12:33AM | Reply

My priority is to get started with my morning ritual, focusing on study activity. The goal is to start and complete a master next to full job and family responsibilities.

Posted by Jessie  | May 26, 2017 at 12:43AM | Reply

Finish my 12 week year planning and start implementing it.

Posted by Laurie  | May 26, 2017 at 1:45AM | Reply

Like other, my priority is to plan my 12-week year. I already know what my focus areas are, but I need to figure out what my individual tasks and key indicators are going to be. I’m pumped to do it!

Posted by Dominik Auricht  | May 26, 2017 at 2:05AM | Reply

It is amazing how this principal applies across all areas in live. In my opinion one of the most powerful tools around.

Posted by Stephen Green  | May 26, 2017 at 2:14AM | Reply

I am now totally focused on getting my daily routing in place to maximise the productivity of each of my days :-)

Posted by EvelynGeorgieva  | May 26, 2017 at 2:37AM | Reply

My big thing is to stick to a solid business plan for growing my real estate business and taking it to the next level. Implementing the plan on a daily basis will ensure a more predictable, measured successful results.

Posted by Tom S  | May 26, 2017 at 3:45AM | Reply

My top priority turns out to be increasing the efficiency of the most time consuming part of my main business, thus freeing up time for working on my new business and for exercise.

Posted by Andrew Edwards  | May 26, 2017 at 4:18AM | Reply

Top priority – Finalise and write up my morning and evening rituals and add them to my recurring task list in 2Do.

Posted by Barb  | May 26, 2017 at 4:59AM | Reply

My top priority is to have a difficult conversation with someone to try to begin to clear the air about something that happened a few weeks back

Posted by Dan Brocklebank  | May 26, 2017 at 5:35AM | Reply

I am a content creator. I write blogs, create videos and will dabble in illustration and design when I can. My website at the moment is mostly for curating content instead of being creatively-driven. The excuse I keep telling myself is that finding the time to conceptualise more create ideas is difficult and I’ve got to manage my energy levels, blah blah blah. While there is some truth to that, through these exercises, I’ve realised that a lack of focus has been my main obstacle. I have a rough idea of what I want to do, but without having a clear vision as to how I will get there and what success looks like, how could I possibly make any kind of meaningful progress? So the biggest thing I need to work on is defining the purpose of my website, which will inform the content I create, the role my social profiles play in contributing to my brand, and from there I can plot out a content calendar which will be my guide to achieving something that would bring me a whole lot of joy.

Posted by Mack  | May 26, 2017 at 6:41AM | Reply

I’d be happy to get my head around creating some gmail filters for the different email addresses for my business. I want to have gmail sort them into different folders but I’m struggling! If I get that sorted then it’s a win for the day and other aspects of the business organisation fall into place.

Posted by Bart Dielissen  | May 26, 2017 at 7:47AM | Reply

Finding a mentor or sparring partner for working on my professional goals in live

Posted by Art Wheat  | May 26, 2017 at 8:11AM | Reply

I was so focused on routines yesterday, I ignored my schedule. Hummm, room for improvement right there.

My one thing is to wake up early and get on a normal schedule.

Posted by Amanda  | May 26, 2017 at 8:29AM | Reply

My top priority is to carve out some time and focus on the online course that I am preparing- outside of regular work hours. Spending this time is essential to living my ideal future!

Posted by Christopher Williams  | May 26, 2017 at 10:34AM | Reply

My one thing is reinstituting my morning routine. I have let that slide over the last few months, and it has been negatively impacting my productivity and focus.

Posted by Marti  | May 26, 2017 at 10:40AM | Reply

My #1 thing right now is getting healthy (large weight loss goal) and that has to be my current focus.

Posted by John H. Miller  | May 26, 2017 at 10:43AM | Reply

My priority (singular) is to invest more quality time in communicating and connecting with my family! In other words, I need to be fully present when I’m at home.

Posted by Jayson  | May 26, 2017 at 2:21PM | Reply

I’ve been practicing Most Important Thing (MIT) for a few weeks now. Everyday, I get one step from my personal project flowchart, and I complete it within the day. I won’t sleep at night until I accomplish it. It changed my mind. I no longer have time for useless habits because I’m busy doing routines and my MIT, and they’re no small task.

Posted by Joe DeCarlo  | May 26, 2017 at 2:59PM | Reply

Organizing my day into timeblocks of routines

Posted by SEW  | May 26, 2017 at 4:09PM | Reply

Getting to bed by 9pm.

Posted by Neil  | May 26, 2017 at 4:14PM | Reply

MIT (thanks AE and others) is to honor and practice daily routines consisting of mindfulness, GTD and creating opportunities for communities of color where I live.

Posted by Michael  | May 26, 2017 at 7:46PM | Reply

I believe that one of the greatest gifts in life is the ability to connect with others. My priority would be to understand EQ and practice it. To incorporate it into my dialogue, work, and relationships. This way I can develop interconnectedness and all aspects of my life can flow.

Posted by Michael  | May 26, 2017 at 8:12PM | Reply

biggest thing I realized is something I already knew which is having to take care of the biggest, most difficult but important thing first thing in the morning. something I did well as a kid to get good grades. thanks.

Posted by Susi  | May 26, 2017 at 8:22PM | Reply

My biggest priority is to build more time for eating healthy and cooking my own meals. This will help with increasing my energy and focus.

Posted by chris  | May 27, 2017 at 11:56AM | Reply

getting up early is my one thing to start doing again.

Posted by Cathy von Hassel-Davies  | May 27, 2017 at 12:11PM | Reply

From what I am seeing I need to focus on my schedule/A1 Priorities and stick to them.

Posted by Jay  | May 27, 2017 at 2:12PM | Reply

Reset my morning routine as I have fallen off the wagon following a couple of late nights.

Posted by anesh naidoo  | May 27, 2017 at 5:22PM | Reply

Start writing content for our sales and marketing collateral. This will move our business goals forward significantly. I’m ready to take this on today.

Posted by Alex  | May 27, 2017 at 6:00PM | Reply

Wish you all the best of luck!!

Posted by Sarah Jackson  | May 28, 2017 at 10:58PM | Reply

Find out about professional certification for work I have been doing on the side, and would like to build on.

Posted by Simon  | May 29, 2017 at 2:23AM | Reply

Allocate my time properly.

Posted by SBC  | May 29, 2017 at 9:05PM | Reply

This is hard because it is slightly intangible – to live by the discipline of the time blocks I have set that will allow the needed balance in my life and help me to live my purposes.

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