When I started reading this chapter I had to laugh because I have been using the "One Thing" speech since I saw "City Slickers" and have molded it to different situations. Chapter one of "the One Thing' is about multi-tasking. There has been a big buzz about multitasking lately or at least I have noticed a lot more written about this subject. One post I read in The New Atlantis “The Myth of Multitasking” by Christine Rose, that in 2005, the BBC reported on a research study, funded by Hewlett-Packard and conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London, that found, “Workers distracted by e-mail and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers.
So I agree with Gary's ideas about thinking small and understanding the notion sometimes we need to multi-task, were realtors, crap happens. I have been working on something for the last year regarding my own multi-tasking situation. I have started making small lists each night for the next day. On these lists I arrange the items conscientiously to affect my sub conscience. I arrange my list from the easiest to hardest so my first item usually is turn on the computer and look at the calendar for the day and next day so I know of the pertinent meetings I have. The second item might be to turn on the computer and look at emails for 15 minutes. My Third item might be to call a few clients for updates and so forth. The reason I Do this is because within the first hour of my day I have crossed off 3 items on my “To Do” list and I have set myself in the winning mindset.
I have taken this further by keeping my desk clean. I didn’t realize it until after I started to keep my desk clean but when I enter my office and see on piles to go through I actually smile because the day is mine to seize. Before keeping a clean desk I would have piles everywhere and I really did know where everything was but I was always in a cloud that I would never be able to get my work done. The funny thing is I have the same amount of work but I have a better mindset towards it now and fewer distractions.
All in all Gary’s first chapter to be cliché’ hit the nail on the head.
If your experiencing the same dull drums I had in the past, start small, keep a clean desk and take notice how this small change will have a huge impact on your day.