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One Thing

by Randall Craig on October 16, 2007

Filed in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Planning, Strategy, Time management

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We are often distracted by things around us. Indeed, sometimes entire mornings or afternoons can go by without actually accomplishing much. If you string these days together, it is no wonder why we are not reaching the level we think we should be at: we’re too busy multi-tasking between emails, voicemails, instant messaging, FAXes, conference calls, and meetings.

To solve this problem, tighten your focus on getting things done. Ask yourself:

1) What is the one thing that I can do today to move my career (or the business) forward?

2) What is the one thing that I can do today to move my project forward?

3) What is the one thing that I can do today to move my relationships forward?

4) What is the one thing that I can do today to move ________ forward?

This week’s action item: These questions aren’t a clever way to write a to-do list: they are designed to quickly translate your need to get something done into concrete first steps. Each morning, before you start with the hectic bustle, answer these questions again.

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Randall Craig

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and

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