Perhaps it’s worth considering an alternative. N-1. There are tons of things on your to do list, in your portfolio, on your desk. They clamor for attention and so perhaps you compromise things to get them all done. What would happen if you did one fewer thing? What if leaving that off the agenda allowed you to do a world-class job on the rest? What if you repeated N-1 thinking until you found a breakthrough?
Seth Godin suggests that doing a little less might lead to doing more. He might be on to something here. My to do list is very long and I keep adding things of interest, but it gets so long it seems nothing gets done, or gets done in a less than spectacular manner. Maybe focusing on fewer things would help in accomplishing what remains in a better fashion. Just maybe I should try this. What about you?