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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

20 Tips to Focus Your Life - from the book "The One Thing" by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of emails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. 
AND YOU WANT MORE. 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. NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH-LESS AND MORE....Read on..

"The One Thing" by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan is an awesome read. 

In "The ONE Thing", you'll learn to cut through the clutter,achieve better results in less time, overcome that overwhelmed feeling, revive your energy, stay on track and master what matters to you. There are many life elevating tips for all of us in there, but I have listed 20 of my Book Lessons that influenced me sharply. 

(1) Choose your direction
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either.

(2) Focus..Focus
Go narrow and deep. Ignore all the things that you could do, and do only the things that you should do. Focus is about deciding what things you are not going to do.

(3) Prioritise
Not all things matter equally. Find those that matter the most. and you know what to do next. Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that don'tKeep your most important appointment with your No. 1 priority..everyday without fail. 

(4) Optimise
You only have so much time and energy. When you spread yourself out, you end up being thin. When you don't know what matters most, anything makes sense. The best lives aren't lead this way.

(5) Leave Your Ego
No one is self made. No one succeeds alone. No one. There are many people, wishes and hundreds of situations that must fall in place for you to succeed.

(6) Passion is your biggest asset
The line between passion and skill is often blurred. Passion leads to disproportionate practise leading to higher skills leading to better results, which feeds passion further. This chain reaction spirals to extraordinary results. That is why a passionate person is a bigger asset than a skillful person.

(7) Listen to your heart
Things that are most important do not often scream the loudest. Dig deep, listen to your heart and find them out.

(8) Get Efficient
Being busy is not enough. So are the ants.

(9) Whatever you do, do it well
Multitasking is a myth. A human mind can focus on one task a time. Only involuntary tasks or automated tasks that can happen in parallel.

(10) Take your tasks to completion in one shot
Task switching costs us valuable time to reach the same productivity level as we were, before we left the task.

(11) Consistency is the king
Select the right task, work consistently on it, make it a habit, and then you are liberated from having to monitor it ever. It is automated in your brain.

(12) Learn to use the battery efficiently
Willpower is not available on will. It keeps getting diminished through the day as you use it. Do your toughest task in the morning when your willpower is at its peak.

(13) Be madly passionate
A Balanced life is a myth. The reason why we should not pursue balance is that magic happens, not in the middle, but in the extremes. To achieve extraordinary results, you must choose what matters most and give it all the time it demands. This requires getting extremely out of balance in relation to other work issues. You may infrequently counterbalance to address them.

(14) Try the unventured
No one knows their ultimate ceiling for achievement. Giving it a shot is the only way to get an idea.

(15) Journey is the key
On the journey to achieving big, you get bigger. Achieving big requires growth, and by the time you arrive, you are big too !

(16) You can change the world
People who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the only ones who do. Think big, Aim high, Act bold

(17) Shut off distractions
Turn off your phone, shutdown your email, close your browser. Your most important work deserves 100% of your attention. Until your most important thing of the day is done, everything else is a distraction.

(18) Clutter is fine
When you strive for greatness, clutter is bound to show up because of your extreme focus on only one thing. If a cluttered desk is an indicator of a cluttered mind, what, then represents an empty desk?

(19) Visualise
It is only when you can visualise a bigger life, can you hope of living one.

(20) Action..Action..Action
Whenever you look back at your life, the things that might cause you the biggest regrets are the things that you did not do. Your actions may be stupid, but it is your inaction that will cause you the regret.

Have you experienced some of these earlier? Do you have more such Lessons in life which can spark great results? If yes, write to me, and I will update my blog with the ones I feel go well with the topic.

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