Queen of One (More) Thing!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services 0514644

Last night I read a few chapters of The ONE Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Now I'm reflecting on chapter five regarding multi-tasking

"I hereby declare (confess)

I am queen of, "Just one more thing!"

And what thing is wrong with my kingdom?

Oh! If I can do just one (more) thing, I can do them all!

And I never drop a ball! Until I do...

Multi-tasking is over-rated. It's good for simple... tasks. Easy, mindless exercises like putting clothes in the washer, starting it, putting dishes in the dishwasher, starting it, putting toys in the toy bin while the clothes and the dishes wash, because you can't stand there and watch themThe ONE Thing wash for an hour, rubbing the fingerprints off the refrigerator while the clothes and the dishes rinse, getting the splashes of water off the mirror as the clothes in the washer are chiming, "I'm all clean and pretty-smelling now!" ... tasks. There is a reason simple little things have a simple little word like task. And even that can be argued you still do it best one at a time...

But add a word like multi to it and then hyphenate it and add a suffix like ing which basically means "progressive" and "continuous" then you apply that long-winded seemingly innocent word to items on your to-do list that are a lot more complex than a dryer spin cycle, require deeper thought and deserve full, undivided attention, like legally binding contracts or driving 70 miles per hour, then all you may get at the end of that multi-tasking effort is a hot, soggy mess... because you never did any one of those multiple tasks correctly or with any focus. Something may end up in the wrong, wet bucket... or worse, all together MIA. I confess. When I get the busiest, I put that crown on, and I become the erroneous queen -- more like joker -- of multi-tasking! And it doesn't pay...

Top 5 Most Recent Multi-Tasking Bloopers:

Filed a document in the wrong file folder of another transaction because too many open files were on the top of the already "hot file" pile scattered across my desk.

Tip: Only work with one hot file at a time. One hot thing at a time goes for most hot things in life.

Text messaged a typo to a client. That had a dirty word. While trying to cut a lime. Tried to fix the typo and all it did is auto correct the typo. Incorrectly. Again. And get my phone juicy.

Tip: Don't text with a kitchen knife like we don't text behind the wheel. Things can get messy.

Speaking of bad driving... Backed into a neighbor's car. On Thanksgiving Day. Because I think I'm a good multi-tasker.

Paid one bill two times. Didn't pay another bill at all. Because, Bill, my neighbor, rang the doorbill. I mean doorbell.

Tip: Write what you paid on the bill and the date and what account you paid from and file it with some focus. And look at the bill for billing errors to begin with! Helps with the budgeting, the bill paying and the bookkeeping. If things happen, like the doorbell rings, it's ok. Complete what you are doing and get the door in a bit. Even Bills or wolfs at your door can wait.

Spent 10 minutes looking up properties. 10 minutes mapping them out. 10 minutes making appointments. And 10 minutes cleaning the car. But because I tried to do it all at once and in haste, guess what I forgot? You can fill in the blank...

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book and cutting down my list of multi-tasking related bloopers. I hope my life doesn't become too boring!

Here is the description of the book online.


You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions—and lots of stress.


You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.


In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to

• cut through the clutter

• achieve better results in less time

• build momentum toward your goal

• dial down the stress

• overcome that overwhelmed feeling

• revive your energy

• stay on track

• master what matters to you

The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life—work, personal, family, and spiritual.



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Kristen Correa Real Estate

Comments (13)

Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I wisk my kids would read this. They do homework on a split screen with a movie, wear headphones with music and text at the same time to multiple people.

Apr 21, 2013 11:29 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

We implemented parental control that disconnects the kid's Internet access at random times in the day. We always know when it kicked in. They engage in conversation with us or go outside to play! The ONE Thing is a book written to help people manage time effectively, focus, increase productivity and foster both better professional and personal relationships. My hope is that my children and clients will be beneficiaries of my resetting some good habits!

Apr 21, 2013 11:43 PM
Caroline Fitzgerald - BestPreppedListings.com
Real Estate Client Prep - Richmond, VA

The ONE Thing sounds like a great read for me and my ADD...I want everything on that bullet list..now, if only I can focus long enough to get the book and read it! Haha. Seriously though, it sounds like a great read, thanks for posting about it, Kristen.

Apr 22, 2013 12:05 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Caroline, you would enjoy it! Download a few chapters free from AR by clicking the links in my post!

Apr 22, 2013 12:09 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Being a mother....heck being a woman....pretty much requires multitasking most of the time, LOL!  

Apr 22, 2013 01:22 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Sharon, that's what we keep telling ourselves! ;)

Apr 22, 2013 02:27 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Kristen, you are a Very Good Writer, as the king of another "one more thing" kingdom I can understand your situation but a doubt that I could write about it as eloquently.

Apr 22, 2013 05:45 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Thanks, Bob. But I can see you have some good stories in you, too! Have a good week!

Apr 22, 2013 11:52 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Kristen, I haven't downloaded the chapters that we can download,,,too busy multi-tasking.  This is a great post and enjoyed reading your take on the book.

Apr 23, 2013 07:11 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Why Kristen, I hereby declare....

I love how you opened up your dialogue and got right to the heart of this book report. You did a great job and so many people can relate to your story.

Best wishes Kristen!

Apr 23, 2013 09:40 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Rebecca - thanks for commenting. I have a dirty secret. I think multi-tasking is fun most of the time. But there are times when enough is enough. I think the book is starting to soak in. For example, right now, my phone is off and my files are put away so I can focus only on what I am obsorbing here online on AR tonight and that is a nice small, but big change that in this quiet moment with only the little clicks of the keyboard keys, I am really enjoying!

Patricia, thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

Apr 23, 2013 11:48 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

This was a great read. I took a lot of note that will continue to come in handy.

Apr 24, 2013 12:08 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Joe, it is a good read! Assuming you meant the book, not my post. Ha!

Apr 24, 2013 02:59 AM