Don’t Spend All Day Doing One Thing: Save Yourself A Day

It amazes me to think that people will set the time to do only one thing on a given day. While it might be a good use of your time I would say the following: Don’t spend all day doing one thing.

Don’t spend an entire day doing one task because you’re giving up a lot of time that can be used to do other things. 

If you’re filling up that time to keep yourself busy, then you’re not being productive. If you’re staying busy, then that’s a likely sign of procrastination.

In this post, I will go over a best practice for doing things that matter the most. What you can do in a few hours can be the most productive time of your day

  1. Spend Time Doing Things That Matter
  2. What Can You Do In A Couple Of Hours?
  3. Set Aside 3-5 Hours For Your Most Important Tasks
Don't spend all day doing one thing: This post will go over a few tips to focusing on one goal-driven task.

Spend time doing things that matter

For most days, you want to work on tasks that are going to help you move the needle.

In other words, these are tasks that are going to help you get to the next stage in your business.

Focusing on those tasks can help manage your time better. If you could set a time to do those tasks, it’ll be much easier to go about your day.

My best practice: Get the most important tasks done first thing

One of the best tips that I always give is to get those tasks done first thing in your day.

So when you wake up, it’s best to do those tasks first so that way you don’t have to hold off until later in the day. It’s a great way to practice discipline as well.

If you wait until later in the day, you may not have a lot of energy and you’ll be distracted by other things. 

So I make it a general rule to always do your most important tasks first thing that way you have the rest of your day did you not have important stuff.

What can you do in a couple of hours?

Oftentimes, people will set about their day by focusing on doing one thing only. When they do that, they may end up spending about half a day doing only that one task.

But here’s the problem: No matter how small or big that task may be, it won’t take you 12 hours to finish it. 

Instead, maybe that task will only take you about two-three hours instead.

Think about it: Imagine how much time you can save doing other things by cutting down on your time.

Even for a few hours, that can be your most productive time of the day when you can get that one single task done.

Why do I waste a lot of time doing nothing?

You waste a lot of time because you don’t prioritize your tasks effectively. That could be by not planning out your day accordingly. If you don’t do your important tasks at a certain time of the day then you’re not going to feel energized during times when you’re tired.

Set aside 3-5 hours for your most important tasks

For your MITS, you can easily get them done within three-five hours. Some of the most successful people are able to get their important work done within a matter of hours.

I don’t get why people think it can take up to half a day to work on complex tasks. Either way, it’s far much better for yourself and it can help boost your productivity as well.

Just think of how much more things you can do when you get more of that time back. That’s the basis of managing time, especially if you run a business. 

By doing that, you’re able to focus more on the things that will help grow your business further.

Best tip: Set aside 3-4 hours on doing one important task

On a regular day, I usually set three to four hours in the morning working on my most critical tasks. 

I feel that is the best time of the day when I’m focused and have a clear mind to do that type of work.

Using that time of the day is really important to how well it goes. Based on the quality of the work, I put in that can be the most productive time out of my entire day.

Some examples include researching blog articles or even just writing out drafts. 

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So basically that time for me to work on content creation is really crucial because that is what I consider a highly productive income-producing activity.

By using that time wisely, I’m able to work on things that matter the most. If I get them done early in the day, then I have the rest of the day to not have to worry about them.

You never know what could come up later in the day, especially if last-minute things come up.

Why am I busy but not productive?

You’re busy because you’re not driven by being disciplined. A lack of motivation can be another key factor, but having discipline can help you focus on what you need to do. 

You can stay busy by doing menial tasks or doing nothing at all; but by staying busy, you’re not being productive in doing the work that matters the most.

Questions to ask yourself

  • Have you found yourself procrastinating often?
  • Do you feel that your time is not driven by purpose?
  • Are you wasting time due to a lack of planning?
  • What will you do to stay productive instead of being busy?

Final Words

There’s no need to spend an entire day doing one thing. If you’re happening to do that then you are procrastinating on things that you don’t want to do.

Imagine getting more of your time back. If you limit your time doing one thing, the other hours of your day you could be doing another important task. 

Or maybe doing things that you enjoy doing the most. Whether that’s spending time with family or other recreational time, it can make a big difference.

Also, it’ll make you feel less frustrated and not as stressed out as you don’t get your important work done.

As I mentioned before, my best practice is to set aside three-five hours to do one critical task. 

If you can practice that every day you’ll be far more productive and make better use of your time.

Your Turn:  Have you spent an entire day doing only one thing?

I would like to get your thoughts on this topic. Have you spent an entire day doing only one task?

How did that day end up turning out? Did you make the best use of your time, or did you feel it was wasted? 

What could you have done differently? Could you have cut those hours down and put yourself into focus mode?

Will you be more mindful of your time? Do you understand how you need to use your time better to work on those critical tasks?

Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to reading your responses, and I’ll gladly respond promptly.

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“Time is your most important asset. It can be your best friend or worst enemy. How you use your time can shape the future you desire to have.” 

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