4 The one thing I need to do


4 The one thing I need to do

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The one thing I need to do

Another way of sorting out what you need to focus on is to ask yourself:

Of all the things in my quadrant I and II – what is the one thing that if I did it, or even started would make life and work better, easier – or even remove the need to do something else? What would get me closer to my important goals?

Another way of putting it is: “what is mission critical?”

A colleague of mine always says fight for 3.  He means identify the 3 mission critical things you must achieve today, this week, this month – and don’t let anything get in your way. What are your mission critical things – how do you know – they are what you identified as important earlier. If it is quick and easy (ie. less than 2 minutes to do), just do it.

If they require more than one action then they become projects and will probably need a project plan.


  • Identify the 3 mission critical things that you need to do this month, this week, today…
  • Of these, what are just one action or a collection or actions?  Complete the worksheet.
  • Create a project plan for the projects that are made up of more than one action.

Project plan worksheet
Project v action worksheet


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