The 1-1-1 Method of Getting Things Done

Over the past few weeks there has been an ongoing theme that has popped up.  Whether it was business or family related, the problem always seemed to be that there was too much going on at one time.  Rather than making any real progress in anything, I would jump from idea to idea to idea.

All that being said, from here on out I will be using the 1-1-1 method of productivity when it comes to finishing a project.  This is something that is going to help you complete something that is fulfilling, get new business, or just have the sense of accomplishment.  Yes, this is something that I've dreamt up and it works.

What Is The 1-1-1 Method

The basis of the 1-1-1 method is simple – almost too simple.  It won't manage all of your tasks throughout the day, but it will help you to accomplish big tasks that will make a huge impact in your life.

The idea goes like this:

  • You focus on only 1 project – No jumping around from idea to idea.  No multi-tasking on several projects. No wasting time on things that don't matter.  Pick oine thing that will make you better, your family better, or your business better.
  • You will ONLY spend 1 hour a day or LESS on that project – No matter what the project is, you will only spend AT MOST 1 hour a day on it.  that doesn't seem long but say you work on a project 6 days a week; that's 24 hours in a month.  20 – 24 hours a month is more than enough time to make something happen.  Plus, the constraint of an hour will empower you to do more in that hour than you ever thought possible.
  • You will spend no less than 1 month on that project (unless you finish it) – It is very easy to quit early on something that you want.  You start checking stats, or don't see any results after a few days and you get discouraged.  With the 1-1-1 method you MUST work on your project for at least a month.  That way you will have enough time to truly see a return on your investment.  Plus, you will know FOR SURE if something is worth it or not.

That's it.  One project, one hour a day, for one month.  After a year you will have 12 projects completed – what if all of those endeavors make you a better person or make you money in some way?  Powerful!

All that said, I will be keeping track of my progress on this blog and hope you will too.  I have something special for those who stuck with me on the newsletter – but you'll have to wait just a little bit longer to find out what it is.

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  • Brett

    December 8, 2011

    Dean this is great advice!!! Quality over quantity. I think the mind of an entrepreneur is a gift and a curse. The gift being drive, passion, and endless ideas. The curse is wanting to juggle a million different ideas and all of them are done half way or without the quality they deserve. I know I struggle with this on a daily basis and your post is great for focusing on quality. thanks for always supplying such great content!!!

    • Dean Soto

      December 9, 2011

      Hey dude,

      Thanks for the comment! Yeah, totally a blessing and a curse haha. I think that hardest part aside from lack of focus is that we tend to take action as soon as we think about something new.

      I’m glad you like the content and that this helped! Been doing it for 2 days and I’m already seeing the benefits when it comes to my latest project (which I will blog about shortly).


  • Harry

    January 1, 2012

    Dean, this is right up my ally. I have been trying to put together a key focus for this upcoming year and have been narrowing my funnel but I see so many things to do and so much potential that I at times feel like a piece of bread being tossed around in the ocean, back and forth and back and forth.

    This is great advice and I am going to try the 1-1-1 approach. If I can get one thing done this month it will be to get myself on track and FOCUS as you mentioned in an earlier podcast. Then I will do my best to do 1-1-1 and my kids all like the number 1 so this is wonderful.

    Thanks so much Dean for all your great morsels of wisdom. I look forward to the upcoming year and look forward to the newsletter.


    • Dean Soto

      January 2, 2012

      Dude, I am so glad to hear it. Nah, thanks for leaving a comment. My “wisdom” is usually due to my frustration of not getting things done in an efficient manner, lol. I need to follow my own advice.

      It’s hard focusing on one thing huh? After a while the natural gravity of entreprenurship and a family wanting to actually spend time, will force the 1-1-1 method, lol.

    • Dean Soto

      January 2, 2012

      Oh and… Your site looks AMAZING! Kudos!