My ONE Thing

My Personal Journey to Become a More Focused Founder

I’m currently reading The ONE Thing by Gary Keller, founder of Keller Williams Realty. I’ve read quite a few self-help books in 2016 and this is my first one after a long hiatus (I started reading a book a week in January and lasted through April).

I must say, I’m not whizzing through this one and for good reason. This book is helping me find focus so I can hone in on ONE thing to become more efficient in my schemes.

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m always doing 100 things at once which to me seems normal, but not always the most effective way of handling things. Between working full-time as a pharmacist, educating Blacks folks about investing, designing websites, managing social media channels, and developing my mentorship as a service (MaaS) platform, it’s safe to say that my daily tasks can go from 0 to 100 real quick.

My question is, how productive can I be when I’m always trying to do everything at once? The simple answer is not that productive at all. Why is that though? The ONE Thing talks about why that is vividly.


So now the question is, “How do I limit those distractions?”

The book specifically talks about the Pareto Principle, which states that 20% of one component produces 80% of all results (you may have heard this from Tim Ferris’s The 4-Hour Work Week.

In my case, 20% of my so-called 100 tasks produce 80% of my results (e.g. income, online traffic, partnerships). So to help myself focus I have started to write down all of my tasks for the week in a very detailed list and then prioritize.

For example, let’s say I have 125 specific tasks, I highlight 25 that I feel help me produce the best results.

But, it doesn’t stop there.

From that 25, I’ll highlight 5 and from that 5 I’ll highlight ONE. I’m utilizing this method to get extremely focused and start accomplishing tasks completely instead of having a bunch of semi-completed tasks by week’s end.

Once that one is complete, I’ll move into the next 4 and then revisit the previous 20 left over and choose another 5 then narrow down to 1.

My goal is to continue this process until I form habits of getting things done to achieve small wins for ultimately bigger wins. (I got that from Rework).

I can’t sit here and say how well this will or won’t work yet because it’s a new process. But I do know that something had to change and I needed to become more focused on ONE thing at a time.

To be continued…

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