Imagine if you must start and finish one task in one day. It seems like a foreign concept to most people who jump from washing dishes, to making lunch for the whole family, to checking their email, to put the laundry out for drying. They never get back to finish those dishes.
This is how most people live their lives, and it’s really boring and exhausting.
The life coaches are telling you that the single most effective way to increase your productivity is to do one thing at a time. Tim Ferriss, the famous author of the widely famous book, “The Four Hour Work Week” also shows the importance of focusing on one thing at a time to get the job done in shortest time.
This is one project and if you get to stick and do it every day you can be enlightened, and if nothing else, more productive.
Japanese Technique #1: To-Do-List.
Start your day with a list that includes all of your regular chores and extras that you want to accomplish for that day.
Japanese Technique #2: Put them in order of importance by numbers.
Imagine which ones will make you feel like you had a great and full day overall if you complete them.
Japanese Technique #3: Determine how long it will take you to complete each exercise.
Remember, human beings are notorious for overestimating what they can get done in a month and underestimate what they can get done in an hour.
Start paying attention to how much you can make in shorter blocks of time. You’ll be surprised by how much you can do every single day.
Japanese Technique #4: Set a timer for yourself and put away all other things that take your attention.
Sit down and start to work on the task you have assigned yourself until the timer goes off.
At first, this might be very difficult as your phone rings from the other side of the room. Turn it off if you need to. Sure, that seems extreme in our “always on” society, but give yourself permission to make the things done that need to be done. You’ll have plenty of time later for scrolling through your Facebook wall.
Japanese Technique #5: Maintain your focus and pay attention to your thoughts.
When you notice yourself start to drift into a different thought other than the one you have for completing your task, bring it back to center and remind yourself that this feeling of discomfort will last only a few moments. Soon you’ll be back in a natural rhythm of work how was before of that day.
Japanese Technique #6: As you write, clean, wash, cook, walk.
Whatever it is you are doing — be aware of your surroundings in that day and how great it is to be alive in this moment. Those feelings are great.
Don’t think that you need to meet a deadline, think about how great it is that you have the opportunity to work on this particular project and think that lot of people don’t have it. From everything use the great.