One At A Time Saves Time

How many projects do you have on the go at the moment? A new Info Product perhaps or a WSO, an eBook, a Kindle best seller, a Niche website with pre-loaded content, a Membership site with drip content and… Whoa! Slow down. You can’t do it all at once. One at a time saves time.

If you read the earlier post ‘Did You Drop Something Important’ you will know that you can only do one thing at a time effectively. Effectively being the operative word. To most of us that means we try and tackle one task at a time without being interrupted or deviating for a few moments to do something else. But it doesn’t end there.

The principle can be, should be, dare I say must be, applied to a much bigger picture. Here I’m now referring to projects that take maybe days or weeks to complete.

To illustrate this let’s assume that we have three major projects that we want to complete. We naturally want to get them all finished and brought to market as soon as possible. So what do we do? We work on one for given time, let’s say a week. Then switch to the next project and so on. The belief is that by keep them all more or less at the same level of completion we can bring them all to market faster. It’s a myth. It doesn’t work that way, as the following diagram clearly shows.

For simplicity I have assumed three projects each taking an estimated three weeks of work time to complete. Now let’s look at two models.

Whether the tasks or projects in question are going to take a few hours, days or weeks, the principle applies and the lesson is simple. Focus on one project at a time. Only when it is complete or when there is a natural hold up and we cannot move forward, such as waiting on something outsourced, do you move on to the next.

Focusing on one project at a time gets two of our three projects completed much earlier and ‘saves’ time. In this example Project ‘A’, completed in 3 weeks gets to market 4 weeks earlier. Project ‘B’ completed in 6 weeks gets to market 2 weeks earlier. That’s an additional 6 weeks of potential sales time. And that’s gold.

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