The ONE thing to do is simply ONE thing. Now that is also where the challenge is as well. It doesn’t help that most productivity books and articles praise the get more, do more and simply just maximize by doing a bunch of stuff to get things done. We create lots of lists and never take the time to estimate the amount of planning and work needed to get them completed. We take “action notes” during meetings to return to them later and put them in yet more lists. Then reality and priorities get in the way and the list stays a list of things unaccomplished. The focus should be on getting things accomplished and not just done or put on a list.
Now, I learn through mistakes and the advice given to focus and just do ONE thing sounds simple enough. But. I am guilty or wanting to do more, stretch myself thin and take on way to many things at once and the thing that suffers usually is the quality and something usually gives.
I read the book: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results and it provides a really good idea on focus and the importance of having the most important thing versus just a checklist or multi-tasking as a way of working. I agree with the concepts, but putting the advice into action is the tough part. I truly like the concepts in the book, and the challenge is trying to stick to the concepts laid out in the book.
The book is a really good read and the concept of focusing on the one thing is backed up with many examples and easy to follow visuals. Like with anything else, it takes time to truly learn the concepts and to truly apply it. I will continue to attempt to try out the concepts and see how it works in terms of getting extraordinary results.
I must admit that it is tough for me because I do have lots of ideas and things I want to accomplish, but then again, I am limited with time and for something to become great, I must be focused with my time and to give attention to “The One Thing” versus spreading myself too thin and not accomplishing anything or accomplish things that are of low quality.
For more information, take a look and see if it works for you: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results