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Jan 14th, 2016 Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn

What is Important Now?

We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. There are just way too many things to do, too many leads to follow up with, too many opportunities to chase, too many bugs to fix, too many “must-read” blog posts to read, too many social media posts to reply to…

The demands on you, particularly as a founder, are endless.

I’m feeling this pressure pretty much every day. I have essentially three (different) jobs at Singularity University. I have this wonderful community to participate in. I work with Jane on The Coaching Fellowship. I dabble in a whole bunch of other projects. I advise and mentor startups from people I deeply admire. I try to have a personal life.

The single most powerful technique I found to focus and anchor me in the moment, the technique which gives me laser-sharp focus and gets me into “flow”, is a simple question:

What is important now?

Asking that question, answering with brutal honesty and then allowing yourself to work on only this one thing — the thing which is most important right now — get’s you right to the core of what it is you need to do. When you’re done with it, simply repeat the question over and over again.

Focus on what is most important and ignore the rest.

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