"The One Thing" Big or Small you have to start somewhere

Real Estate Agent with Realty One Group BR554118000


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.

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Shawn Krill


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Comments (3)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


When I saw that you are a CPA I knew I had to read what you wrote. I was always fascinated by Character and Temperament Types and never thought anyone else but me had a problem with multi-tasking. I see now that I was wrong and it's something that we all have to get better at but it begins with understanding and changing habits.

You did a great book report!!!

Apr 23, 2013 09:46 AM
Shawn Krill
Realty One Group - Peoria, AZ
Shawn Krill, CPA

Yes I agree and thanks for the comments.


Apr 23, 2013 11:54 PM
Mike Crosby
Mike Crosby Realty - Placentia, CA
Placentia- Yorba Linda Real Estate - 714-742-2897

I just finished reading the book.  I thought it was going to be more real estate related.  There were no examples of One thing for real estate. I will be interested in what follow Activerainers will say is the one thing for realtors? 

Apr 25, 2013 03:53 AM