Fact - I can't.
This "One Thing" is doing
One Thing at a time...
One of the methods I use involves opening multiple windows (one per task) and opening as many tabs as needed for each task. This let's me pace myself.
- I can focus on one job at a time.
- I do not close or visit other windows until the task is finished.
- If I need to run out for half hour, I know exactly what I was doing when I get back.
- I work faster, with less distraction and less interruptions.
Great concept. And I mention it today because of the underlying principle behind it. One window, no distractions, just you and the screen. That is the way I try to work. And that's how you should work too.
You know I'm a fan of having a checklist of daily tasks. Especially if you can prioritize that list and have your most important tasks first then you are going to see a huge improvement in the amount of work you accomplish each day.
BONUS - Another work smarter not harder method (that analogy is a little misleading, isn't it?) is to work it fits and bursts of whatever action you need to do. For example, if you limited yourself to 15 minutes of making comments (backlinks) then took a 5min break, you'll also get more done. Just like when your laptop tells you that you only have 8min of power left in your battery before it will need charging...and you find yourself speed writing!