24 Feb 2021
power of ten

Power of Ten to Accomplish Goals

Achieve Your Goals and Implement The Power of Ten, Getting Rid of Overwhelm

You may be wondering what the Power of Ten is and how is it so marvelous. The Power of Ten is a simple process of getting things done.

Some of the most significant struggles you may have in life is trying to stay present and on top of things with all of the chaos around you. You look at the many tasks you have/need to do and get overwhelmed and freeze, instead of progressing and accomplishing those tasks.

Introducing the Power of Ten in Your Life

The Power of Ten will help you get things done. Here’s what you need to do first.

Create Your Tasks List

Get an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper (standard paper) and either fold it vertically to give you two 4.25 x 11 columns or draw a line down the center so that you have two columns.

Again, you can do this by drawing a line down the center of the paper or folding the paper hotdog style (going back to elementary education).

On top of the column on the right-hand side, write the word ‘Can’t Stop, Once Started Projects‘ and on the left-hand side ‘Gradual Progress Projects.’

Now you’re going to write down a list of all of the things that you would like to get done, be expansive. Literally, write everything you can think of down in one of these columns.

I understand this may feel overwhelming but in the end you’ll be glad you did this.

Here’s an example of, ‘Can’t Stop Once Started Project’, plumbing. Once you start fixing plumbing issues, unless you’re not using the water or any facilities, you need to finish it, or you will be without water.

The plumbing project is a project that you can’t stop once you get started.

An example of, ‘Gradual Progress Projects’ would be yard clean up, reading books, writing, laundry, dishes, etc. These things can be completed gradually because there’s no urgency.

Create your list and put them in the proper column. You can think of this as a, ‘To Do List’ that will overwhelm you if you let it, but try not to. The reason to create this list is so you can identify gradual projects.

We are in this together. Don’t forget to write down:

  • Honey Dos.
  • Books you want to read.
  • Things that are stressing you out.
  • Continued annoyances?
  • Daily tasks
  • Etc.

Next, Choose Two to Three Tasks

After you have written down your list of things you need to get done and put them in the proper column, circle three of the tasks in the ‘Gradual Project’ column.

Remember these are the projects that can be completed over time.

Implementing the Power of Ten

I love learning and improving my life, and one of the areas to do this is through constant education but with seven children, two businesses, two volunteer organizations, church stuff and then home tasks, I froze.

I was stuck and couldn’t progress until I started to implement the Power of Ten, which is I pick two or three tasks, and I apply 10 minutes to those tasks every day.

For example, I was starting to collect a lot of books to read, someone would recommend a book, and I would buy it to read, but instead of reading the books, I just was collecting them.

I had generated a pretty significant pile of books. Knowing I had to do something, I implemented the ‘Power of Ten’ in this task, which is applying ten minutes to reading every day.

I put together a morning routine to help me start the day. This is how I would start my day:

  • Wake up at 5 or 6am (I’m an early bird so this was no big deal)
  • Grab my book
  • Set a timer for 11 minutes because it usually takes me a minute to get my book turned to the right page, etc.
  • Read for a dedicated 10 minutes. (I wouldn’t let anything bother me.)
  • When the timer rings, I finish the paragraph and I STOP!

It is so important I don’t read another word until the next day.

For me, I needed to simplify this to fit it in my life so I would only focus 10 minutes a day on reading and stop. I felt accomplished that I completed my ten minutes.

I don’t even think about reading until the next day.

Honor the Timer. Stop and Move On

It’s important to honor the timer, or the overwhelm will set back in. I had to train myself to do this because I would find that I was engrossed in my book and would want to keep reading, or doing whatever the task was, but Stop.

You must move on to the next task that you want to apply 10 minutes too. I have been doing this for quite awhile, and it’s powerful.

I can get a lot of tasks completed, and you’ll realize you can accomplish a lot, too.

A few examples of things I have been able to get completed are:

  • Lots of yard work (read my story of overwhelm)
  • Connecting with my children one-on-one
  • Reading books
  • Connecting with family members that live out of state
  • Writing articles
  • and a lot more.

The list could go on and on; however, the key is to remember that you only choose two to three tasks to apply the Power of Ten too to avoid overwhelming yourself.

As soon as you complete one of your tasks, select the next task you want to start working on, gradually your tasks will get finished. You will be amazed!

You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish by doing this simple exercise.

Recap the Power of Ten Exercise and …

This compelling little exercise is impressive and you will be able to get a lot of things done, and I hope you realize how powerful this is.

The Power of Ten can help you accomplish a lot in only ten-minute increments are needed.

If you’re struggling to get something done and you can work on it in small amounts, apply the Power of Ten and voila it will be completed.

There are so many things that you can get accomplished using the Power of Ten.

Take Responsibility for Yourself.

When you set goals it is so important for you to own up to the success and the failures. You can’t blame others if you fail. Failing is only a difference in expectation.

There was a time that I was eating very few sweets. I would only eat one sweet a day; however, I went to a little gathering, and someone brought something that was incredibly delicious with coconut and sweet bread.

This bread treat was phenomenal, not too sweet, just perfect. I indulged, and afterward, I recognized that I had eaten more than I should have.

I immediately started to blame the person who brought the treat for my failure.

Here’s an example of what that communication was like,

“Man, if they wouldn’t have brought that, I would have kept my goal.”

Notice how I was blaming the young lady who brought the treat and not taking responsibility for my behavior.

Dialogue is Common but Dangerous.

“Man, if they wouldn’t have brought that, I would have kept my goal.”

We must be cautious using this communication because we are minimizing our responsibility in a situation. I wanted to blame her instead of owning up to my mistake.

I wanted to blame her for something she has no idea I was working on, and even if she did, it’s still not her responsibility for my actions.

Look at your life, what are you blaming others for instead of taking responsibility? What areas of your life do you lack integrity in, that you’re refusing to commit too fully?

Take responsibility of your life and implement the Power of Ten; Get all of the things done that you need to finish.

Here’s a 4 Step Summation

In summation, here’s how to start implementing the Power of Ten in your life:

  1. List out all of the tasks that you have to do on paper into two columns, ‘Gradual Projects’ and ‘Can’t Stop Projects.’
  2. In the ‘Gradual Projects’ column, circle two to three tasks.
  3. Give 10 minutes to each of these tasks every day.
  4. When you have completed one task, add the next task in its place.

Please share this with someone you know and love today. You never know who could benefit. You’re amazing, Rise up to the challenge of improving yourself today.

Tony Rhoton, Inspirational Speaker, Coach, Mentor in American Fork, UT.