Book Review: Gary Keller – The One Thing

January 16, 2019 productievekennis 2 min read 2 Comments
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Book Review: Gary Keller – The One Thing

January 16, 2019 WhatDisciplineMeans 2 min read 2 Comments

Most people think that multi-tasking is something good and powerful. They focus on learning how to do multiple things at the same time to be more productive and get better results. They want to better their life and attempt to do this by radically changing everything about their routines and actions. But is this really working? According to the book: ‘The One Thing’, it is not.

According to the author Gary Keller it comes down to focusing on ONE thing that can have a positive effect on all aspects of your life. Life Is a question and how we live it is our answer. How we phrase the questions we ask ourselves determines the answers that eventually become our life. Keller has collapsed all possible questions into one. He calls this question: ‘’The Focusing Question’’.

‘’What’s the ONE thing I can do, such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary?’’

It is important that you start small, keep doing the ONE thing consistently and deploy discipline. See your ONE thing as a small domino. Just like small dominoes can topple larger dominoes, big achievements can be gained through a series of minor actions that build momentum over time. When you keep doing it, it will eventually become a habit.

How to make sure you can execute your ONE thing

The best way to make sure you will do this ONE thing is to use the time-blocking technique. This technique is where you block your time to complete a task. For example: If I want to read every day, it is important to block time for reading. My time-blocking technique is to wake up 30 minutes earlier, so I can read the first 30 minutes of the day.

When you use the time-blocking technique you create the most optimal circumstance to execute your task. A good way to gain and maintain momentum is to break your ONE thing down in small steps. That way you can keep accomplishing the small goals (dominoes) and go towards bigger goals (dominoes).

Keep hammering at it and eventually all these small steps will turn into powerful habits. If you want to learn more about habits you can check out the next article I wrote: How to create new habits in 2019.


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