What’s the one thing you should ship today?

It’s normal to sometimes be overwhelmed by the amount of information and potential courses of action in front of you.

Having just started a new job recently and experiencing this right now, I’ve started to pose a question to myself every morning to help anchor the day’s activities: “what’s the one thing I should ship today?”.

This isn’t to suggest that I can only do one thing each day — of course not. But by posing this question, I am effectively forcing myself to a) identify early on what the most impactful and useful thing to do is and b) make sure it’s a priority.

Whether it’s with work or other areas of your life, asking yourself this question can help transition you from feeling overwhelmed to feeling focused, reassured, and able to move forward.



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William Liao

William Liao


Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (ephemera.photography)