derek bobo: be intentional

I often have people tell me how jealous they are that I'm able to get get so much done. How do you do it Derek? What's your secret?

It's something that has always baffled me. So many people and even organizations struggle with this. Throughout my career I've seen it time and time again. I hear a lot of talk about interest in planning and organizing. I've seen countless people admire problems in meetings. At the end of the day though it's simple - do less. Really.

I don't literally mean do less. (Well I do, but we'll talk more on that another day.)

What I mean is you need to stop kidding yourself that you're a master at "multi-tasking." Outside of menial tasks, such as walking and chewing gum, it's not real. Instead be intentional about where you're focusing your efforts.

"If you're doing everything; you're doing nothing." - Unknown

You don't need a long todo list, sophisticated systems or fancy software. All you need to do is ask yourself one simple question.

"What's the best use of my time right now?"

Once you've answered that question it's pretty clear what you need to work on. So that's what you do. You focus on task completion. You focus on the priority you've defined and only that until you've either completed the task or achieved some predetermined stopping point. Once you finish you ask yourself the question again and repeat.

Try it and I bet you'll be more productive and probably perform your best work.


28 First you must become
04 One Foot in Front of the Other
21 The Zen Master
08 Those You Spend Your Time With
19 You're Probably a Prepper
12 Anger Management
04 All About Choices
02 What I Know About Being a Dad (so far)
01 The Dalia Lama on Humanity
30 Time to Reflect
28 The Leeches Must Go
26 Take a Moment to Appreciate
26 A Matter of Perspective
19 The New Rich
17 The Story of the Mexican Fisherman
15 What's on your List
14 The Most Precious Resource
13 Three Things to be Happy
11 The Joneses
07 Be Intentional