"The One Thing" a must read book for anyone struggling with getting things done!

The One Thing, By Gary Keller with Jay Papsan

My Book Rating for this book is 5 Stars, and here is why.

Ever feel overwhelmed? Maybe you have a 1,000 things to do, and no time to do it? My advice to you is the Read “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papsan. I gave this book five stars for several reasons. First, I loved the way the book was laid out, it underlined important concepts in each chapter. Bullet points and visual charts were used throughout to help the reader understand concepts. The book even provided a website, www.the1thing.com with tools and resources available. I was totally impressed with this as well.

A second point, that I took away from the book was by narrowing your focus, you can get better results. Instead of going big, you put your energy into accomplishing the most important thing. With one purpose, you stay focused on that one thing. This ultimately gives you better results. It reminded me of how I spread myself so thin sometimes. For example, at any given time, I’m involved in several community organizations. For example; Promote Pulaski, Inc. (non-profit 5013c), the Pulaski Area Historical Society, Management Women Inc., the Shawano Country Chamber, the Brown County Home Builders Association. I can’t possibly help them all at once. I can however, take one or two days out of the month and focus on one organization in particular to help get tasks done. Reading this book has simplified my life to an extent.

Time blocking was another take away from “The One Thing”. Time blocking is a way of making sure that what has to get done actually gets done. Referencing a quote from Alexander Graham Bell, “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” How true is this? I remember trying a scientific experiment when I was a kid using a magnifying glass and the sun’s ray. We actually were able to make a fire with the magnifying the rays of the sun.

In the beginning of the book, it states, if you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one? Why? It’s simple. Ultimately the two rabbits you are chasing will eventually go in two different directions and you are left not knowing which one to chase. That is why you need to find that niche in your business, your “why”. You need to have a focus, every day. Ask yourself, what one thing do I absolutely need to complete today to make my life easier, and to get closer to my goal.

The book did not lack credibility with me. The authors, Gary Keller, is chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., which holds the #1 position in the world as the largest real estate company. Jay Papsan is vice president of publishing at Keller Williams. He’s also a frequent event speaker and corporate trainer.

An inspirational book for me, “The One Thing”, has given me guidelines and tips to getting things done that are meaningful to me and to my business. It’s a great resource for anyone in business, or in sales, and obviously in realty. I highly recommend reading it if you are struggling with a lot on your plate right now. Remember the Chinese Proverb “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” Take that first step and read “The One Thing”, and you’ll see what I mean.