How to Accomplish Your Goal Faster
Accomplish your goal faster by focusing on one task at a time. Finish that task before going on to the next one. The One Thing explains why this method works and details on how to do it. This blog is a book review of the book The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Since the book isn’t very long, I read The One Thing in one day. However, it is full of great information on how to focus on the one thing that will give you the biggest results.The chapters are short, between 3-10 pages long.
Focus on One Goal
The author experimented with coaching people to make some goals for the week. At the end of the week, he and the client discussed the progress on the specified goals. Usually, none of the goals were accomplished. So he kept decreasing the number of goals. Nothing significant happened until he gave his clients only one goal to reach for that week. When people focus on one goal, extraordinary results happen.
“Achievers always work from a clear sense of priority.” (p. 35)
The focus needs to be placed on the most significant goal. List all of your goals, and then choose the one that would make the biggest impact in achieving the rest of the goals. Usually, it comes down to one goal that either eliminates the others or diminishes their importance. Decide which one is the most important to do, and then do that well until it is accomplished.
“Unaware that big success comes when we do a few things well, they get lost trying to do too much and in the end accomplish too little. “ (p. 10)
Chip away at your goal by focusing on one task at a time. If it is a big goal, divide it into smaller goals.
Multitasking slows down the progress of the project. So much time is wasted trying to juggle more than one task at a time.
People do not have to put more hours into their work, but they do need to be more productive. Block out time in your day to focus on that one most important thing that needs to be done, with no distractions. Consequently, you will work fewer hours while getting more done.
My favorite part of the book is the chapter on productivity. I plan my week ahead of time and block out specific times in my calendar to be productive and focused. During that time, I work on just one project until it is done. This resulted in a feeling of accomplishment. I used to be stressed at the end of the day because I tried to work on too many projects and didn’t get anything finished.
I would read this book again to get more tidbits from it now that I have taken action on some of the recommendations.