This book is designed to set you up for success by helping you answer one question:
What is the ONE Thing you can do today such that by doing it everyt
...moreThis book is designed to set you up for success by helping you answer one question:
What is the ONE Thing you can do today such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
To stay on track for the best possible day, month, year or career, you must keep asking this question, again and again, until it forces you to line up tasks in their leveraged order of importance.
First, a few troublesome research factoids:
~ Workers are interrupted every 11 minutes and then spend almost a third of their day recovering from these distractions. ~ Workers lose 28 percent of an average workday to multitasking ineffectiveness. ~ Workers who use computers during the day change windows or check e-mail or other programs nearly 37 times an hour.
Big success comes when we do a few things well.
Here are two strategies you should employ to help you do a few things well:
~ Find the lead domino and whack away at it until it falls. ~ Say "not now" to anything else you could do until your most important work is done.
Here is the ONE Habit you should develop to help you do a few things well:
Create a four-hour time block of uninterrupted time (typically in the morning) so that you can focus on your ONE Thing.
On average it will take you 66 days to acquire this new habit.
Protect your time block at all costs. Reschedule your time block in the event that an unscheduled priority disrupts your regular time block.
Work your time block, DAILY. Then, check your e-mail or other programs 37 times an hour for each of the remaining hours and watch your productivity soar!
Decisive is the third business book from the Heath Brothers. In this effort they attempt to answer the question of how to make better decisions.
In ty...moreDecisive is the third business book from the Heath Brothers. In this effort they attempt to answer the question of how to make better decisions.
In typical fashion they arrive at a process for better decision making and spell out that process with the acronym WRAP:
~ Widen Your Options ~ Reality-Test Your Assumptions ~ Attain Distance Before Deciding ~ Prepare to Be Wrong
Their process is well-documented with research and examples. Here are a few concepts that stuck with me:
The spotlight effect: the tendency to make decisions using the criteria that "what you see is all there is." If you move the spotlight (actively draw out additional information) you can widen your options and thus, make better decisions.
Confirmation bias: the tendency to develop a quick belief about a situation and then seek out information that bolsters that belief. It can look very scientific and lead to flawed decisions.
Choice overload: the tendency to freeze in the face of too many options.
Multitracking: considering more than one option simultaneously.
Assume positive intent: imagine that the behavior or words of your colleagues are motivated by good intentions.
Ooch: construct small experiments to test one's hypothesis. Ooching is a way to reality-test your perceptions.
Bookending: estimating two different scenarios -- a dire one and a rosy one -- allows you to plan for the worst outcomes, as well as, the best ones.
Tripwire: a signal that would snap you awake at exactly the right moment making you aware that you have a choice to make.
The goal of this book is to "make you a bit better at making good decisions and help you make your good decisions a bit more decisively." The Heath Brothers succeeded. They took on a challenging subject and made their case.
However, the WRAP acronym doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. And changing behaviors to implement the WRAP process requires vigilance. To make better decisions, Decisive may require a second read plus practice, plenty of practice.
For these reasons Decisive falls short of a five-star rating. None-the-less, this book should be on every manager's short list of books to read.