One Thing At a Time

It’s a multitasking world, even if multitasking doesn’t quite work as well as we sometimes think. We make some progress on the issue at work, and get home to a messy house. We get the house clean, or cleanER, and realize we haven’t done any exercise. And you get out an exercise, and realize you’re too exhausted to even carry on a semi-coherent conversation.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take 15 minutes, MINIMUM, and do the following. Set the timer on your cell phone for 15 or 20 minutes, turn off the ringer, find a place and go do nothing for the duration.

After, and only after this task is done, if you’re feeling like you’re not making progress like you’d like to, write down all the projects floating in your head, all the to-do’s that are distracting you. Choose one and only one thing to do and do it.

The rest will get done. The world is (probably) not going to end. Do one thing at a time, and it will all get done. Mixonian promises.

When you’re not sure what to do, ask yourself what is one thing that will move you closer to an important objective. One thing that brings you closer, not that it necessarily gets that goal accomplished. Mixonian promotes baby steps.

Don’t forget to do something to pamper yourself. Most of the time, other people don’t pamper us, that’s our job. Don’t leave that one undone.


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