Essentialism

Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Book - 2014
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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 people's agendas?

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

The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right things done. It is not 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 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 - 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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Business, c2014.
ISBN: 9780804137386
Characteristics: 260 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm

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runninfever101
Sep 27, 2017

About the one thing

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kirschner19
Jul 13, 2016

This book was 20% insight and 80% fluff! The central message is a good one (focus your time and energy on what matters) but the book certainly dragged on and felt bloated.

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freckled2much
Nov 27, 2015

Lots of great ideas and lofty ideals, but not a lot of insight on how to apply them. Maybe that's the trick though - it's not a how to manual but more a set of guidelines you need to claim for yourself and figure out how to apply. There are a number of thoughtful questions it asks (or asks the reader to ask) that makes the book worth reading; they can help to clarify what is important, and help you figure out what to prioritize, but they require digging to find, and then a lot of introspection to honestly answer. Not a quick fix. The reader's digest version: simplify, say no to what you don't want to do, plan your time and your choices wisely, think hard before you say yes to anything.

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Mothercat
Apr 09, 2015

Lots of food for thought in this book, and some good suggestions on how to identify what is essential for you, and how to cut out the 'clutter' from your life - well worth reading.

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RichardR
Feb 21, 2015

The book is better understood as an infomercial for the author's consulting business.

The content would have been more useful as a few page essay or magazine article which relayed the few pearls of wisdom and took the title to heart: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

The author worked hard and writes well but it's still mostly 240+ pages of fluff.

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gendeg
Oct 12, 2014

Greg McKeown’s Essentialism The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a guide on how to avoid getting lost in the churn. Through anecdotes and case studies from his consulting work, McKeown teaches readers how to strip down their lives to the bare essentials. The book starts with the basics of his philosophy—and it is a philosophy he is espousing, not just another time management or productivity solution to try and consider. McKeown really wants you to commit.

Vero_biblio Aug 06, 2014

A book that takes 240 pages to tell you one thing : stop saying 'yes' to everyone and take over all the projects/committees/meetings that you are offered. Don't bother reading the whole thing, it's full of anectodes that simply come back to that one lesson. Clearly, the author had to add a lot of 'fluff' to package his simple message in a format that he can sell.

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