The One Thing

As I said in my previous article, one of the ways to become more productive is to do one and only one thing at a time.

I will show you that this practice should not only apply to your work but also in your everyday life.

I you want more info about The One Thing book you can find them here.


To begin…

I will start by quoting the main question of this entire book ! The question that you should ask yourself every day.

What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary ?

You need to find your ONE Thing.

What did I take away from the book ?

I love to read books and apply the lessons I learned from them in my work and in my life.

Today I am going to explain to you how I apply the principles of this book to my work as a softrware engineer.

This article will be shorter than the previous ones as it has more the form of a reminder. This article has no specific structure, it just lists some information that I found interesting in the form of notes.

I hope you find them helpful.

Let’s begin

  • Follow people that have already done what you want to achieve.
    If you can, get mentored by them.

  • Make habits: it takes 66 days on average to build a new habit: 66-DAY CHALLENGE® CALENDAR.

  • Domino effect: all things have a small beginning, so start small.

    You have to align all your dominos (tasks - goals) one behind the other, starting with the smallest.

    By doing this you reduce the effort you would have to put in to bring down the last domino.

    This technique also allows you to achieve more important goals than if you were trying to directly knock down the last domino.

  • Manage your time -> schedule what you will do in the day - week - month.

  • Go large and then reduce to have your One Thing.

  • Make fake deadlines to avoid procrastination.

  • Perseverance != Long race -> multiple smaller races.

  • Don’t break the chain -> Time blocking.

  • Don’t be afraid to fail, this is how you learn best.

  • 10 000 hours rule -> Time block 4 hours each day for your One thing . What does it take to become an expert or master performer in a given field?
    10,000 hours of practice.

  • Go behond the line of “It’s ok” - “Good job”.
    It reminds me of the bar scene in the Whiplash movie:
    There are no two words in the english language more harmful than “good job”.

    In this scene, Fletcher, the ruthless conductor of a music school told his student about the story of Charlie Parker (nicknamed “Bird”, he was an American jazz saxophonist).
    Charlie Parker once played with drummer Jones who was dissatisfied by Parker’s performance. Ridiculed in public, he told himself not to be mocked again.

    He started practising and made a legendary performance.

    This is what Fletcher said to his student:

    So, imagine if Jones had just said, “Well, that’s okay, Charlie. That was all right. Good job.” So Charlie thinks to himself, “Well, shit, I did do a pretty good job.” End of story. No Bird. That to me is an absolute tragedy.

  • Design your path to reach your goals.

  • Change your attitude ! “Accountable vs victim” -> don’t be the passenger, take the driver seat.

  • Say no to anything that is not your One Thing.

  • You will face chaos in other areas of life, be prepared.

  • Eat well and excercise often.

  • Surround yourself with smart and nice people.

  • Clear your path to success: find the right environnement to work.

    Despite the quote from Albert Einstein: If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?.

    I think that having a clean working environment (sound - visual) avoids distractions and in my case is more efficient for my work.

  • Your day start with a single step

Written on November 21, 2020