What is the one habit that can transform your world forever? originally appeared on Quora -- the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Nela Canovic, productivity hacker, writer, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, on Quora:

It is the habit of training your brain to focus on what is important to you right now by asking this question first thing in the morning:

What is the one thing I am committed to completing today?

Why this matters:

  • It encourages you to think strategically about your life every single day.
  • It keeps you focused on your goals instead of distracted by other things.
  • It forces you to prioritize what is relevant to you.
  • It serves as a personal promise to yourself to do something you've identified as critical to your personal progress.

How you can incorporate it into your daily life:

  • Write it down: take a large sheet of paper and write the question in big bold letters.
  • Hang it on your bedroom or bathroom wall so it's easy to see.
  • Make it part of a unique background for your computer or cell phone.
  • Use it as the main heading at the top of your journal entry for each day.
  • Use it to begin your morning routine and set the tone for the day.
  • Ask the question aloud as you are brushing your teeth or getting ready.
  • Give an answer on the spot, or write it down in your journal.

What are the long-term benefits?

  • Staying focused on our personal commitments gives us a sense of purpose: it gives our lives meaning.
  • Knowing in advance the work we need to accomplish saves us time, so we don't waste hours evaluating multiple priorities throughout the day.
  • Committing to just one thing helps our brain perform more optimally, freeing it from cluttered thoughts and giving it space to concentrate on what we consider the most important goal of the day.

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Published on: Apr 21, 2016