do one thing

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Is your life crazy? Somehow, we’re halfway through August and school starts here on Monday and I’ve looked back at the goals I set for 2013 and realized very few have been touched, even fewer met.  {Breathe, Teri Lynne, breathe.}

Life gets away from us sometimes, doesn’t it? In the midst of all our good intentions and well-laid plans plop sickness or broken blogs or even fun things like trips to the beach or movie matinees. All of those plans we had for our writing and for our blogs, those things we listed in January, they now seem almost to mock us in their incompleteness.

Can I tell you something?

It’s okay.

Really.  I promise. So you didn’t get the book proposal done yet and you haven’t figured out how to set up your email newsletter. It’s okay. 2013 is not yet over … and perhaps, if you look back at those lists you made, you’ll find some of those items not even important to you anymore.

How about this, for today {and maybe even tomorrow and next day?} do one thing.

That’s right.

Do just one thing.

Earlier this week, Jeff Goins shared the The Myth of Multitasking as part of his slow down challenge. He said this,

When you try to do more, you accomplish less. When you multitask, you’re not only communicating a priority; you’re diluting your focus.

At the end of the post, he challenged readers to pick one task they needed to accomplish that day. And then do it. Maybe that’s the challenge you need to hear {read!} as well.

Choose something, even a small something, relating to one of your goals and do it. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Update the plug-ins on your blog.
  • Rework your about page.
  • Map out your editorial calendar for the next two weeks.
  • Swap out affiliate links or make sure the ones you have are current.
  • Develop the elevator pitch for your blog or work-in-progress.
  • Clean up your sidebar.  {Read this great post from Social Media Today before you do!}

What one thing will you do today?


  1. This is so good…studies show that multitasking really is counter productive….whew, I’m relieved. I can’t do dishes and talk on the phone at the same time. True story. Thanks for the reminder. It also reminds me that I don’t have to get everything done but there is wisdom in “one step at a time”.

    1. I am glad you were encouraged. It’s so easy to believe we need to do forty things at a time … but the truth is, we really can’t! 🙂 One step at a time is such freedom, isn’t it?

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