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I just finished listening to the audiobook, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.
In the book/audiobook, authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan basically talk about how there is no such thing as multi-tasking. There have been research studies done on the efficacy of multi-tasking by an individual and in the brain and the results were that... no one can multi-task!
Some people may think that they can multi-task and are really good at it, but what happens is that when trying to do more than one thing at a time, the brain can only devote its attention and effort to one thing. The other "thing" or activity suffers. The same goes for trying to perform multiple activities at the same time.
After informing the readers about these points, the authors luckily go on to inform the reader/listener of ways that they can improve their ability to focus on one thing at a time and ways to be more productive.
After finishing the audio-book, there were a two points that I took away that were valuable lessons.
1. Successful People Wake Up Early
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The authors studied people over the years who have been successful in various fields. Whether it be business, medicine, entrepreneurs, etc., people who were successful woke up earlier than everyone else.
Now, I am not saying that everyone who wakes up early is going to be an overnight success nor am I saying night owls cannot be successful. Personally, I have found waking up early allows me to take care of the tasks at hand prior to the rest of the world waking up. I wake up early so that I can focus on my One Thing, which is writing for this blog, and give my complete and undivided attention.
I don't check my e-mail, I don't go on social media, etc. I sit down and focus on doing one thing: writing. This allows for greater focus and for me to be more productive. Then, when the rest of the world awakens, I can give my undivided attention to my wife, son, family, and work.
There are other successful people who are night owls and can stay up late to get their work done. One of the common trends between people who wake up early and people who are night owls is that they have found the time of day where they can focus on their one thing. It is all about finding the time of day where you will be the most productive with the least amount of distractions.
2. Focus on The One Thing with your Clients/Patients.
Whether you are a personal trainer, chiropractor, physical therapist, etc., when we are assessing and/or treating a client, there are usually multiple areas of dysfunction that we find during our assessments. Not too often do we only find one thing that will fix everything and that's it.
We may find that someone lacks internal rotation of the hip, has poor core/trunk stability, as well as soft tissue restrictions in XYZ muscles.
All of this information can become somewhat overwhelming. You start asking yourself, "Where do I start?" , "Should I treat everything on this client that needs to be fixed?" "I'll treat/address a little bit of everything and that'll work."
If it is fat loss, improving someone's movement quality, or getting them strong, focusing on one thing at a time is less stressful for you and also for the client. This type of laser focus allows you and the client to keep an eye on the goal at hand.
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Gray Cook has also used the phrase, "One Shot, One Kill." Being able to treat one area and that improves other areas that may not have been directly treated, this is mastery.
If we try to spread our resources too thin and fix everything that we see is dysfunctional, then we can frustrate ourselves and/or our clients.
It can take years to attain mastery in a particular skill or field, but by continually focusing on one thing at a time and directing your efforts at one thing, this will allow for better focus and better productivity.
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