First things first. One thing at a time. Start now.

With the holidays just around the corner, my to do list (and, probably yours!) just keeps growing. It’s easy to get stressed and overwhelmed. But that mental energy spent worrying about what needs to get done doesn’t really get anything done.

So instead, I’m trying to live out the advice above.

First things first – What’s most important right now?

One thing at a timeWe can’t multitask. It doesn’t work. Do one thing.

Start now – No more excuses! Take action!

And once the one thing is done, we start on the next one. It’s amazing how great that momentum feels.

When we focus on one thing at a time and simply move forward, it not only helps us get things done, but it allows us to be present where we are – whether it’s working on a project or having a conversation over coffee. We can focus on this thing, then this thing, and then this thing. And once those things are completed, they’re gone. No more mental energy spent juggling the things we should be doing while we’re doing something else. Every task, and person, gets our full attention.

What’s next vs. what’s now


At this time of the year we are already talking about next year’s RAs and potential changes in the RD staff. It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about what’s next.

I’m guilty of it. I like thinking about the future and doing a little stratgizing. It’s what I do.

But when we do that, we easily forget the entire semester that remains. 110% of the time that has just passed still remains. There’s a lot that can happen. There’s so much space for life-changing events and conversations.

It’s exciting and important to think about what’s next. But it’s also important to think about what’s now – to seize and live out the opportunities that are right here in front of us.

Don’t miss the now moment because you’re fixated on what could be next.