If I asked you to write down the important issues you’re currently facing, how many could you list? 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, more?

I’m sure that you could easily fill a page with your issues and challenges.

The truth, then, is you can’t possibly deal with all your important issues at once. That’s why so many managers are overwhelmed by their workload and fail to really achieve anything of note.

You need to choose. You need to focus on your top 2 or 3 challenges, and put your other issues to one side – not on a to-do list! Only then can you possibly be able to do anything about them.

But once you focus, and give your top few priorities the attention they deserve, you might just find that you can resolve them more quickly than you thought, allowing you to tackle the next most important issues on your list.

In the end you’ll achieve much more working on fewer things at any one time than you ever could by trying to tackle everything simultaneously.

© Stuart Cross 2013. All rights reserved.