THE ONE THING
The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Author: Gary Keller
Publisher: John Murray Learning
“YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of emails, texts, tweets, messages and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll.
AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.
NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH – LESS AND MORE
In The One Things, you’ll learn to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling, revive your energy, stay on track, master what matters to you.”
The One Thing was one of the first books that we discussed when we met, and one that both of us end up referring to again and again. We wanted this to be the first work-related book in the Book Club, as we feel that it encapsulates much of what we are trying to do on a daily basis when it comes to being a working Mum. It's not about 'doing it all’ but simplifying and focusing our energy and attention on only what matters most. I think sometimes it feels so overwhelming the sheer volume of stuff we have to do but this book talks about the domino effect which is quite refreshing. Just focus on the One Thing, the next one small step which is the most important, then the next, then the next and it will flow from here.
Look forward to chatting about how you find it over on the workspace (and don't worry if you haven't read it or don't want to, we've all blagged our way through plenty of book clubs!)
Key takeaway from the book if you don’t have time to read the whole thing:
To decide what ONE task you should do next and prioritise over everything else. How? Ask the focusing question: “What’s the ONE thing I can do, such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”