It is a common myth that in order to improve productivity, you need to learn how to multitask better.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Unlike microprocessors (the “brains” inside computers), humans are simply not suited to focus on more than one thing at the same time without significantly compromising the quality of each.
Yet with so many distractions vying for our attention, how can we concentrate on the task at hand?
The answer, according to entrepreneur and best-selling author Gary Keller, is to make a habit of regularly asking yourself the following so-called “Focusing Question”:
What’s the ONE THING I can do that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
and then prioritizing the completion of that one thing before moving onto the next.
The Focusing Question can be applied to nearly every facet of your life, at both a macro and micro level.
Master this habit and you’ll experience the power of accomplishing more by doing less.
I invite you to give it a try the next time you find yourself struggling to focus when there are too many balls in the air.