Self-development is very important to become successful in life. It leads us to prosperity. No one can move in his/her life without self-development. There are many self-help books like Essentialism by Greg McKeown, As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. In the post, we are going to share the summary of The One Thing by Gary Keller. It is also one of the great self-improvement books.
1. Multitasking is a lie
At the beginning of the book, the author points out that multitasking is a lie. You cannot multitask. He says that the word multitask actually comes from computers. They’re switching between tasks so quickly that it looks like they’re doing multiple tasks at the same time. When in fact, they’re actually not. Multitasking computers can’t do it and neither can humans.
2. Focus on one thing
He says that we have to focus on one thing, one specific thing that we want to do that fulfills our purpose. You should try to limit a minimum of four hours per day doing this thing whether that be skiing, playing chess, or working out your academic life. Just focus on this thing for four hours and he also says that you should focus on the process. Focus on the training instead of the result instead of the reward because if we focus on the process instead of the result, the result, in the end, will be more satisfying.
Focus on something for four hours a day and try to get in a focused environment. Try to keep yourself away from distractions and keep your mind away from wandering. The author says that distractions are way worse than they seem. A fifteen-minute distraction might take you an extra 15 minutes to get back focused.
3. Big goals can be bad
He also says that big goals can be bad. It doesn’t say that you should get rid of your big goals but he says that they can be bad as many people focus on the year goal, their monthly goal, or their day goal but you need to focus on your now. What can you do right now will push you further.
He says at the end of the week usually on Sundays you can set and measure your goals, however, the rest of the week only focuses on the goals that you can do right now. Try to take attainable action that you can execute right now because if you focus on the big picture it starts to get difficult and you start to get distracted. He said our goals are just like dominoes. Tiny dominoes make bigger dominoes.
The bottom line
The takeaways of the book are:
- The author makes the claim that multitasking is a falsehood right at the beginning of the book. No one can multitask. Both computers and people are incapable of doing it.
- According to author, we must concentrate on one thing in particular that would help us achieve our goals. You should aim to keep working for one thing at least four hours every day. Distractions, according to the author, are far worse than they appear to be. Also, focus on the process rather than the reward or the outcome because, in the end, if we pay attention to the process rather than the outcome, the outcome will be more rewarding.
- Try to focus on one thing. Little things make bigger things. Small goals create larger goals. If you focus on the large picture, it becomes challenging and you become sidetracked, therefore try to pick achievable action that you can carry out right away.
So, this was the summary of The One Thing by Gary Keller. This book is very inspirational and motivational. For more book summaries, visit our website.