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Success Tip – Productivity and Personal Improvement

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This week’s success tip is based on the book The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and is a must-read for anyone interested in productivity and personal improvement. This book clearly defines why productivity is the perfect vehicle for getting what you want and living an extraordinary life.

You could summarize The One Thing in this sentence, “recognize that not all things matter equally and focus only on the things that matter most.”

It All Starts with the First Domino

You will love Gary’s analogy of dominoes. If you find the right “first domino” it will knock down all of the following dominoes. If your domino doesn’t connect to the others, everything just stops.

The key is to create momentum. You can create momentum by finding that first domino (or tactic) that will connect and knock down the other dominoes so you can achieve your goal. You start with your big picture goal (3-5 years out), then connect it to what you need to do in the next year, then the next quarter, and finally what you need to do today. He also suggests “time blocking” first thing in the morning because your willpower deteriorates throughout the day and you should focus on nothing but that FIRST domino!

This book covers a lot of great content. For example, the fact that multi-tasking leads to less productivity, not everything matters equally (80/20 rule), the importance of asking the right questions, goal setting and how to live by priority, not urgency.

 

Jeff RussellJeff Russell
Executive-Director
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