Have you ever:
- Found yourself stretched too thin?
- Simultaneously felt overworked and underutilized?
- Felt busy but not productive?
- Felt 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’. 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 isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. 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.
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.
To discern what is truly essential we need space to think, time to look and listen, permission to play, wisdom to sleep, and the discipline to apply highly selective criteria to the choices we make.
Author Greg McKeown writes, teaches, and speaks around the world on the importance of living and leading as an Essentialist. He has spoken at companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Symantec, and Twitter and is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn Influencer’s group. He co-created the course, ‘Designing Life Essentially’ at Stanford University, was a collaborator of the Wall Street Journal bestseller ‘Multipliers’ and serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.
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