Book Review: The One Thing by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan = 3/5

“What’s the ONE thing you can do, such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary.”

I enjoyed this book – but it did feel like he’d spun a whole book out of a concept that could have been summarised in a blog post.

This is a book about bringing strategy into your life — whether that means planning what you want your life to look like in 20 years time, or planning what your day should look like today.

Once you have worked out the ONE thing you want to achieve in 20 years, you can then break it down into smaller parts — to achieve that one thing, what do you need to do in the next 5 years, in the next 2 years, in the next 6 months, in the next month, all the way down to what is the one thing you need to do today.

On a day-to-day basis he also emphasises that multitasking is productivity killer, and that you should only ever work on one thing at a time. Start your day with your most important task, before your willpower is depleted, and work with intensity and purpose. Be productive while you’re at work, so you can still have time for your family and your health outside of work.

Once you have broken your extraordinary goal into a series of much smaller goals, and begin to work through these goals with consistency and purpose, you will achieve more than you ever thought possible.

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results


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