The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

This is something that we all know intuitively. Multitasking doesn’t work. It is the truth short-term – you can type on only one keyboard at the time. This is also the case long-term. If you chase too many goals, if you and your team are not clear on the next big project to execute – it will lead to chaos, frustration and missed deadlines in the end. My recent discovery in this topic is the book: The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The most valuable takeaways from this book is the concept of The Focusing Question:

What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it
everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

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As a manager, you will need to be efficient and also make sure that your team is doing the right thing at the right time. It is a skill that can be trained. It will help you with dilemmas like: should I focus on interviewing for new positions in my team, or should I focus on this burning project that needs to be executed? Should I attend this important meeting with no agenda, or should I meet with my people to clarify their goals?

I invite you to read this position because nowadays we have the wrong concept of the productivity that assumes, or even promotes:

  • multitasking
  • having many priories – (priority should always be in the singular form, no?)
  • and in general – lack of focus on one activity at hand.

My favourite quotes below

Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls– family, health, friends, integrity– are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.

Gary Keller

Multitasking is a lie

Gary Keller

A life worth living might be measured in many ways, but the one way that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets.

Gary Keller

It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.

Gary Keller

Juggling is an illusion. … In reality, the balls are being independently caught and thrown in rapid succession. … It is actually task switching.

Gary Keller

Thinking big

I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.

Gary Keller

>Big is bad< is a lie. It’s quite possibly the worst lie of all, for if you fear big success, you’ll either avoid it or sabotage your efforts to achieve it.

Gary Keller

Don’t let small thinking cut your life down to size. Think big, aim high, act bold. And see just how big you can blow up your life.

Gary Keller

success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right.

Gary Keller

Other people quotes in the book

People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.

F. M. Alexander

We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.

Robert Brault

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The blog posts where I write about the principles covered in the book.


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