ESSENTIALISM – Greg McKeown
ESSENTIALISM - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
By Greg McKeown
Date Read: June 2020
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My Mark: 10+/10

Clearly in my top 5 this year!

What is Essential in your life, in your Work? A great question and a brilliant book with clever examples, plenty of great quotes, and most importantly plenty of energy to DO, to CLEARLY identify what really matters. Again, Brilliant!

 

The Pitch:

“A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked.”—Adam Grant
 
Have you ever:
• Found yourself stretched too thin?
• Simultaneously felt overworked and underutilized?
• Felt busy but not productive?
• Feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter.

By forcing us to apply more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy—instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.

Essentialism is not one more thing—it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

 

I would also strongly recommend INSANELY SIMPLE - The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success another fantastic book about focusing only on the essential.

Finally, some useful Keynotes of Greg McKeown.