By Elana Harari
The notion is simple: prioritise a single task.
Get the task done and move onto the next. Do this, repeat this and don’t ever cross your attention onto multiple tasks.
While, previously, having ‘multitasking’ as a skill was considered impressive, recent studies (many released after the publication of this book by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan) showed otherwise. While individuals may feel successful in their ‘multitasking actions’, the output and quality of work is not as high as if they had been focused on one task, one output and one outcome.
Again, while the task of ‘focus on one thing’ is simple, the actual application is not as straight forward. The ONE Thing offers the solution in the form of a question: What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
Sharing productivity principles like habit-building and benchmarking, Keller and Papasan stick to the principle that at ‘focusing on an excessive number of tasks will likely lead to under-performance in all given tasks.’
If you love organising your time and if you hate organising your time, you will find this book helpful. You may not love it, but you will certainly learn how to be effective with your time.
You can buy the book here.