Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?Are you often busy but not productive?Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other peoples agendas?If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.The Way of the Essentialist isnt about getting more done in less time. Its about getting only the right things done. It is nota 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 towards the things that really matter. By forcing us to apply a 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 its a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come....
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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Reviews
This felt pretty intuitive to me but contained a lot of sound advice. The essential intent concept gave me some good ideas for team planning in the year to come, and the later chapters on how to put essentialist principles into practice were surprisingly concrete and helpful (in particular the parts about routine and minimal viable preparation). This book is also great fodder for introverts who are inundated with pressure to socialize in unappealing ways; just say NO.
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from my friend Bailey at Random House; there was no expectation of a review, favorable or otherwise.
In a nutshell, Mckeown's book encapsulates an idea I've been circling around in my personal life for years, but provides concrete and approachable methods for reducing the activity, psychological, and physical clutter in your life so you can focus on what is truly essential. It's an empowering approach to work (make choices in order to focus ex ...more
Essentialism is author Greg McKeown's manifesto for the disciplined pursuit of less (but better). The nutshell catch fraise of the book is "if it's not a hell yes, it's a no. The prime directive is to (a) identify what really matters (b) ditch all the CBNQ (close but not quite) stuff (c) bite down and tear your mission apart like you're a cross between Gandhi and a pitbull with Asperger's syndrome i.e. a big hearted, very strong, very aggressively focused person.
Pushing 100 balls forward 1 cm is ...more
The fundamental point of the book is captured well by the title and from there the content is a blend of the intuitive and anecdotal. I appreciated the sections on the power of sleep and routine as pillars of creativity but otherwise was distracted by the repetition of simple themes (e.g. the essentialist knows that most things don't matter). I was also distracted by quotes from unproven leaders (e.g. Aaron Levie at Box?!) that were featured as examples to validate the application of essentialis ...more
Too much verbiage. For a book that teaches essentialism, there was a lot that could have been edited. At least half the book.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown (Crown, 2014), was mentioned in a by-the-way manner on a call with my mastermind group. I really respected that person's mention, took it as a recommendation, and ordered the book.
It then sat on a bookshelf gathering dust until we turned our house upside down rearranging and reworking our living space.
As I put it back on a different shelf in a different room, considering whether I would keep it or give it away, I remembered how Lisa ...more
According to McKeown, essentialism is living one's life in such a way that all of one's energies are concentrated on accomplishing the vital few things that really matter. In order to do this, one must know what the essential things are, cut out the things that are not essential, and put oneself in a position where doing the essential things becomes effortless.
It's a great book for everyone, and provides insights on how to apply this philosophy not only to one's personal life but to the workplac ...more
Invaluable lessons learnt, plans made, what remains is to execute them. "The life of an Essentialist is a life without regret "
"The life of an Essentialist is a life of meaning. It is life that really matters."
"The problem with being sleep-deprived is that it compromises our ability to tell the difference, and thus our precious ability to prioritize."
"When there is a serious lack of clarity about what the team stands for and what their goals and roles are, people experience confusion ...more