The One Thing
So the gist of the book is very simple. Focus wins.
Of course I have a problem with focus. I tend to juggle lots of balls. But then I started to think - perhaps part of it for me is definition. EG - perhaps I do focus a lot on business even though that means doing a lot of things on different companies.
He talks about the well known myth of multitasking.
He also had a chapter on the Disciplined Life (the message is it is not discipline that you need - it is good habits).
He has a chapter on the 4 thieves of productivity. I agree with 3 of them:
1 - Inability to say "no". (I really try but often still say yes in times of weakness)
2 - Fear of Chaos. (this is the one I am not sure I agree with. Order really helps productivity. I greatly dislike not being able to find something. Being organized helps me focus on the important. Of course I liked that this was one of the thieves though since it made me feel a bit better about some of the things in my life that feel disorganized. I do agree that over organized or over cleaned compulsiveness would not help productivity.)
3 - Poor Health Habits
4 - Environment Doesn't support your goals. (We all know how important environment is. In this chapter he speaks of "choose your friends and who you spend time with")
It really is a great book. Lots of research that support the conclusions.
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And more on the Blackberry 10 from my friend - Jim Courtney who is a true techie nerd (said only with the greatest of respect). He wrote a BB10 report card that is worth reading.