Party of one please! Our tasks and work don’t always work that way. We have to work hard to get those tasks that seem to be necessary down to a few. Even better when we can get it down to one isn’t one priority enough? What if you could find a way that if there was task, by completing it, all other tasks would seem unnecessary and not needed?
That’s the idea behind the One Thing by Gary Keller. I read it a long time ago just a couple years into my current job. I needed to work on prioritizing and planning which is a competency that people in my role have to constantly keep front of mind in their work. I thought I was good at it, two years into my role, I found out I wasn’t it.
So I put some rigor behind consuming everything I could about planning and prioritizing the right way to get where I am eight years later. It’s been HUGE as a skill to have mastered. Only the ability to kill the noise and eliminate the distractions has allowed me to be successful in my assignments as they’ve grown over the years. It always came down to one thing that got between me and my goals I wanted to achieve.
It’s a simple truth. Our minds can not multitask at all. Biologically and scientifically it has been discussed and shared that it’s not possible. It’s mind sharing, not multitasking. The more you split your mind to share it’s processing power, the less effective you become at achieving what you ideally want to achieve. Going small is not an easy thing to master.
I’m going to spend the next few posts sharing what I’ve learned from the masters like Gary Keller and others like Jeff Sanders of going small. Bottom line, our free time probably is not as free as we think it is and has the potential to be. Imagine what we could do with more free time in a world where just about every waking minute something is fighting for our attention. More to come…
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