Pick Just 1 Thing

When we staring at a long to-do list, much of which has been carried over from the day, week, month or even year before, we’re overwhelmed before we even actually accomplish anything, right?

Brian Tracy, a productivity expert, shares that your eventual success depends on your ability to learn to choose your most important task in any given day.

He calls it “eating your frog,” based on the Mark Twain quote:

“If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first. Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

Hahaha, right?!?

The beauty of choosing just ONE THING is that this works for the person who loves being organized and the one who doesn’t.

Now, it’s important that your one thing be simple and accomplish-able, especially if you’re just starting from a place of being stuck or feeling overwhelmed. Don’t go picking “create a whole website!” as your one thing. Choose something simple and straightforward and that shows visible progress, like “pick a template for my website” or “purchase my domain name.” If you need to create your package or pricing, don’t say “I’m going to do it all, and it’s going to take 5 minutes and be PERFECT!” Setting yourself up for disaster. Instead, try something like, “I’m going to decide the length of my program” or “I’m going to decide what price would feel really good to get paid right now.”


Then, acknowledge to yourself that you’re indeed moving forward because you did ONE IMPORTANT THING today, and congratulate yourself! Start building positive reinforcement, faith and trust in yourself that you ARE making progress and that today, you’ve done what you needed to do!

How about you?

What’s your “one thing” you could do today? OR are you having trouble breaking down a large thing into smaller pieces?