The One Thing

“What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”


Let me stick to the philosophy of the book and just quote this one sentence. Here is some more from Wikipedia:

This second section of the book deals with productivity principles like habit-building and benchmarking. For instance, the book suggests that readers should engage in four hours of work on their “ONE thing” each day. The authors cite economist Vilfredo Pareto as one of the inspirations behind this philosophy. Pareto’s principle suggested that 20% of the effort produces 80% of the results (see The 80/20 Principle). According to the book, this means that engaging in the one most important task will be more likely to produce the desired results without any extraneous effort. The book also differentiates between the Big-Picture Question (“What’s my ONE Thing?”) and the Small-Focus Question (“What’s my ONE Thing right now?”). The core idea is that focusing on an excessive amount of tasks will more likely lead to discord and under-performance.


One to read again some day!