IN A NUTSHELL:
“If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.” This book came at just the right time for me and hit me right between the eyes. In it, Gary Keller pushes back on today’s popular multitasking philosophies and discusses the importance of being able to focus on one thing and bring it to completion. He raises what he calls “the focusing question,” which is: What’s the ONE thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
This is one of those books that is very simple, yet needed. It is separated into three sections. The first is debunking 6 common Lies about productivity such as multitasking, self-discipline, and a balanced life. He then moves on to the Truth about productivity before ending with Extraordinary Results where he discusses 3 key commitments and 4 common thieves.
I am going to cheat and pick 2, because they’re related. The first is the idea that “success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right” or restated “when you do the right thing, it can liberate you from having to monitor everything.” My natural tendency (e.g. when setting personal goals), is to have so many goals that I can’t keep track of them all. This lack of clarity and focus on the most important eventually results in the failure of all.
The second Golden Nugget is found in Chapter 15: the idea of time blocking. Very simply stated, this is the practice of setting aside time every day for your One Thing then protecting that time like a madman. Since reading this chapter, I have totally rearranged my daily work schedule. Each morning I focus on my One Thing before my day has a chance to get off track with meetings and other urgent interruptions. I’ve actually blocked this time on my calendar and made an appointment with myself for this time. So far, it is working well!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gary Keller is the cofounder and chairman of Keller Williams Realty, which is the #1 real estate company in the US. For more on this book, you can go to the supplementary website.
Nearly anyone can benefit from this book. Students who are trying to figure out how to prioritize their summer, workers trying to develop new skills, parents prioritizing their kids’ activities, or business leaders developing strategy for their company. If you have more projects than time, you need this book.