The One-Item To-Do List

Try this as a stress-reduction technique: only one thing on your to-do list each day.

I know it sounds crazy. I’m not suggesting you only do one thing each day. But make yourself a list at the beginning of the day with one item on it that “must” be done.

The thing that, if you only did one thing today, this would be it. Consider anything else you do a bonus.

Now: make your One Thing the first thing.

Trust me – this is a stress-buster that works. It is also a great tool for releasing you from bondage to Insanely Unrealistic To-Do Lists.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • Soumitra


    I do agree 100 % on this.

    Only 1 thing on a day , I have tried that sometimes 1 thing per week also.

    In our so called “Success ” Race , we are running behind things without stopping.

    Task after task , goal , after goal. No time to just stop & BE.

    In fact shifting away from goal orientation will remove the stress.

    And realising that “Nothing matters” ; we can do the job at hand in a lovely manner.

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  • donniebryant

    “A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man's undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once.” – P.T. Barnum

    Great post, Ray.