The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan is an excellent self
help book which explains how to prioritize tasks when there
are an avalanche of things to get done in the near term.
The book shows how people quickly lose focus and accomplish
little or nothing in an attempt to get too many things done
on an immediate basis.
The authors advise people to stick to one thing or a few things
until completion before taking on other tasks. This translates
to narrowing focus. A corollary is that one thing at a time
advances the world. In addition, do the most important thing
first when everything seems to matter. A related concept is
to choose to do the right things correctly.
The authors discuss the behavioral dimensions of getting
things done too. Once a new behavior becomes a habit,
less discipline is required to maintain the new way of
doing things. Habits are important because these instilled
behaviors help to determine our future success.
The book discusses analysis paralysis and the stultifying
effect this has on getting anything done. In essence, the
new rule is to get ahead by getting started. Mark Twain
warns people of internalized biases in the popular phrase:
“What you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
The One Thing is a wonderful book which addresses the dangers
of analysis paralysis and the lack of focus in trying to wade
through too many items on the agenda. The authors make it
clear how to set priorities to begin getting the right things
done the right way. This book will benefit management at virtually
every level in an organization.
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