How to eliminate stress and accomplish more

Jumping from fire to fire

That's what life feels like sometimes—a string of fires. You're busy and ambitious with several lofty goals, but you're not making substantial progress toward any of them.

This happens when you lack focus. It's impossible to get results when you're chasing something different each day.

It's a stressful way to live that leaves you frustrated with mediocre results. This illustration from the book Essentialism exemplifies what happens when you split your energy vs dedicating your full energy to one goal, task, or objective.

The good news, you can take three steps right now to start making more progress in one direction.

As the quote by David Allen goes, "You can do anything, but not everything."

Progress starts with elimination. Go through the list of things you want to accomplish in each area of life (health, wealth, career, relationships, etc...) and cut everything from your goal list that isn't at the very top.

Narrow your list down to one goal in each area and build tasks that are laser-focused on pushing you toward that goal. Vow to focus your attention for a full year. This is simple, but it's not easy. Dedicating a year to focused work toward a goal can be life-altering.

Put in the daily reps on the tasks you've outlined that will move you in the right direction. You may not see the progress at first, but eventually, compounding will kick in and you'll notice huge leaps. It's almost impossible not to make progress if you keep putting in repetitions that move you in one direction.

Eliminate the things in your way, focus your efforts for a year, and repeat the actions that push you in the right direction and you'll look back and marvel at how far you've come.

A cup of Omyum every morning doesn't hurt either.