Slow down, bro!
Here at The American Genius we recently debated the pros and cons of multitasking versus zeroing in on one main project at a time. For all of you who agree that focusing on a singular activity instead of several at once is the most productive way to go – well, now there’s an app to help you out. Of course there is, there’s an app for everything!
Enter One Big Thing, the app that is going to help you go from scatterbrained and all over the place, to focused and full of intent. One Big Thing describes itself as “the simple app to keep you focused on your biggest task every day.” And it’s honestly as simple as it seems.
With the free version of One Big Thing, all you do is type in the one main thing you want to accomplish for the day. There’s also space to include a couple of smaller tasks you’re hoping to get done, but aren’t your number one goal for the day.
All you have to do is check the app throughout the day to make sure you’ve stayed on task and are accomplishing your #1.
Unlike other daily trackers, there are no angry reminders or pop ups that will guilt you at the end of the day if things went off the rails.
The simple act of deciding your most important goal for the day and then actually typing it out is extremely helpful and motivating. And if you really get into the concept of One Big Thing and find it helpful, for $4.99 you can download the upgraded version and experience its fun perks. The basic version of One Big Thing is very basic, with a mint green background and a white table in which to type your daily tasks. By upgrading, you’ll have access to a variety of themed backgrounds and fun stickers to make your mundane tasks more interesting.
Do things your way
While some people thrive by working on three projects at once and getting four hours of sleep at night, a lot of us will find more success in taking on our assignments (and days) one by one. As Dawn Brotherton so aptly put it, “Slow down and breathe. It’s not the pace you keep, it’s how well you finish your tasks.”