171: How to Instantly Be More Productive: The One Thing BOOK REVIEW

What is your one thing? What is the single thing that you most want to be known for? What is the single thing that you have to get done today?

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This show is a book review of “The One Thing” by Gary Kelly. The book speaks to the ways that it is easy to get distracted by competing interests and attention-grabbers, and that if we want to attain success, we need unwavering focus, for lengthy periods, on one single thing.

Many people keep to-do lists for their day. They carefully plot out the 7-8 or more things that they must get done that day, and then they work through them. Kelly tells us that this is actually an extremely inefficient way of going about the day. Instead, we should define the one single thing that would go a long way in getting us ahead in the areas we want to get ahead in, and go all out on that one thing.

So listen up to learn how to up your productivity on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways

  • Don’t create a checklist. Ask yourself, “what is the one thing you can do today that will move your life ahead?”
  • The worst thing you can do is constantly jump between jobs. When you switch jobs you are wasting effort on the switch, and it’s extremely inefficient
  • Chunk your work into single things that you can put all of your attention and focus on
  • Put all of your focus on what you want to be doing. Don’t waste time on other things, but put all of your attention into whatever your one thing is


“The One Things” by Kevin Kelly

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