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Chasing Two Rabbits Doesn’t Work

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” Author Unknown

I love this quote! Can’t you just picture trying to catch two rabbits at the same time? Of course that won’t work!

I’m sure that you are like most everyone else in the universe and have tried to do a number of things at the same time. You may feel like you’re getting more done but you are actually taking longer with each task. Focus is truly the key word…

…in life and work.

But, the question is “What shall I focus on?”  If you’re like me there are a large number of tasks that need to be done and they all seem quite pressing. But are they?


If you take a minute to write all your tasks down {I suggest using a small spiral notebook so all of your thoughts are in one place} and really look at them you’ll realize that they are not all equal.

The best question to ask yourself to make sure that you are working on the most important task is this “What can I do that would make the largest impact in my business/personal life?” Another way of asking this question is “What task will bring me closest to my goals?” Then…

…work on that task and that alone.

Fight off all distractions like the plague! I can guarantee as soon as that task becomes a bit difficult or boring you’re going to want to stop and do something else ‘just for awhile’.  Stay focused.  Don’t answer the phone, do not check the e-mail, don’t get a cup of coffee – stay focused on the one task. You’re going to be amazed at how much you get done and it took less time than you thought!

Question:  Do you find yourself “chasing-two-rabbits”?  What system do you have in place to help you stay focused?  Share you comment by clicking here.

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AboutElizabeth Hagen

A nationally recognized business coach, professional speaker, organization expert, and author -- Elizabeth Hagen started her business in 2000, after nineteen years as a stay-at-home mother to five incredible children. Her mission is to encourage, nurture, and support an environment of excellence for thus whose lives the touches. She’s encouraged thousands to have more courage, more focus, more momentum, and be more productive at work and at home. Elizabeth is the author of Organize with Confidence, Confidence: Now is Your Time, Growing Your Business with Confidence, and coauthor of Focus, Organization, and Productivity. Elizabeth has been married since 1979 to her best friend, Dr. Bruce Jon Hagen. Now more than ever we need to hear a message of renewal and this is exactly what Elizabeth will offer us! Elizabeth and her family live in Sioux Falls, SD.

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  1. Kathleen says:

    What a great metaphor! I can just picture myself trying to corral these rabbits ~ at times I feel like there are 5 or 6. This is one of those things that if I could do it consistently, would make such a HUGE difference in my days and outcomes. Thanks for the reminder. I’m really going to work at this!

  2. Metaphors do help, don’t they! Let’s go after one rabbit, Kathleen!

  3. Nancy says:

    I loved this Elizabeth. It is hard not to multi task now and then, but I do get more done when I stay focused. I must remember the “chasing two rabbits” to keep me on track. Thanks…

  4. It’s a great reminder, Nancy!

  5. Agnes Ikotun says:

    Thank you for the reminder. It a world of multi-tasking – we need to be reminded that focusing on 1 thing at a time is usually the way to go.

  6. I agree, Agnes, it is the way to go!

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