Essentialism and Finding Your ONE Thing

In Hawaii and on the plane home I read two books with very similar themes:

  1. The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
  2. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Both titles share the common message of FOCUS — de-cluttering your day, your work, your mind, and your life.

They came at a good time because I was starting to feel overwhelmed with projects and wanting to pursue new ideas and opportunities as they came up.

And keep up with email.

And still have free time.

The books will get you thinking:

  • What is enough?
  • What should I say no to?
  • What do I REALLY want?

Just a quick solo episode, talking through my notes on the two books. If you haven’t read them yet, I encourage you to check out the episode and then the books and let me know what you think.

And you have read one or both of the books, curious to hear if you pulled out the same takeaways.

I’m still not sure what exactly my ONE Thing is, and I think that’s OK. When deciding on new projects and daily tasks, maybe it’s easier to take note of what your ONE Thing is NOT.

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In this show I cover:

  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
  • Richard Branson’s #1 productivity hack.
  • Why my 30-day challenges may not have been long enough to form a sticky habit.
  • The Focusing Question: What’s the ONE Thing I can do right now such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
  • The Purpose-Priority-Productivity-Profit Pyramid.
  • Scheduling appointments with yourself: “If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”
  • Urgency vs. importance.
  • “Less, but better.”
  • The 3 mindset sentences of Essentialism.
  • “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”
  • Carving out time just to read or THINK à la Warren Buffet.
  • #NoMeetingsFridays
  • Your perfect average day.
  • Zero-based budgeting.
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All that, plus the Side Hustle Shih Tzu makes an unwanted appearance around the 19 min. mark.

What do you think? What’s your ONE Thing?

Back to your regularly scheduled programming next week!

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