Essentialism Book Review

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.” Greg McKeown, Essentialism

Most of us spend too much time being busy and not enough time getting things done (guilty). And even if you’re among the elite few that are getting things done, Essentialism by Greg McKeown will almost certainly help you take your game to the next level.

Essentialism is a beam of light guiding us to shore in the hurricane of life.

The country is divided. Inflation is driving up the cost of living. Pessimism is on the rise.

Now is the time to circle the wagons and zero in on what matters.

It will take time, effort, and repetitions to figure out your “highest point of contribution”, identify the obstacles in your way, and implement strategies to successfully move forward.

First things first, get your mind right and embrace the power of choice. “…We may not always have control over our options, we always have control over how we choose among them” (Greg McKeown, Essentialism)

Next, start carving out pockets of time. Time to relax. Time to play. Time to sleep. And time to reflect on what is and isn’t essential.

Easier said than done. Fortunately, the book comes stocked with plenty of techniques to aid your journey. But, to get a general sense of what we’re aiming for, let’s look at the book’s title: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Set boundaries. Say no. Make the big decisions that make thousands of future decisions for you. This framework will help you get back more of your time. Time will help facilitate your journey from a Nonessentailist to an Essentialist. This is an iterative journey.

You have the 10,000 ft view. For the detailed roadmap get the book, have an extra highlighter on hand, and get to it.


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