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Book Review:The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

Make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most, everything makes sense. When you don’t know what matters most, anything makes sense. The best lives aren’t led this way.



This book is not your average self-help book that we come across so often. The book is basically divided into 3 parts. It starts off with the lies that mislead us decrease our productivity. Then it discusses the truths we should know, but we don’t. And finally ends with the ways to achieve those truths, forget the lies and achieve our desired goals.

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
—William James

The recurrent theme in this book, as its title says; is to ignore everything else that eats up into our productivity and focus on that which matters most to us, our “One Thing”.

It talks about the everyday things that takes us away from our goals and the habits that can help us achieve those. The book is unique in it’s way it describes the simple yet important task of decluttering our lives. The methods aren’t anything over the top, and neither is it something cooked up by the author. Simple, time tested advice that’s presented in a flowing language and with unique diagrams ,graphs and charts that craves your attention right from the stars. The book is full of lovely little quotes that can be your ready reckoner. I would end this review with one of the best and often repeated quote of this book, which sums up the theme of this book brilliantly.

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