I recently listened to a podcast about this approach to your every day. The author being interviewed—Jay Papazan—offered this key strategy from his bestselling book: the idea of the “success list.” It wasn’t just his strategy. It’s the strategy of successful people across the globe.
A success list is far better than a traditional to-do list. A success list centers around your number one priority, your one thing. Your one thing is the most important thing in your life. Your list of priorities for your work day, or even for your weekend, always begins with this priority. Most people already know the One Thing in their lives. Maybe yours is your family or your friends. But what about just inside your day to day? What’s your one thing?
My most important thing—every day—is to be present with those around me. Be present so I can take my time. It’s my one thing. My success list varies, but every day at the top of my page is “be present—take my time.”
So I remembered to take time to listen to my clients, my students.
My one thing helps me remember to stop to get a drink of water during a busy day, and to have a quiet lunch—taking care of my introverted self.
So what’s your one thing? I bet it is not “Survive Until Friday!”
Take the time to write your one thing on your success list, or even just your to do list.