In his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown presents a powerful case for simplifying our lives in order to achieve greater success and fulfillment.
In short: “less but better”.
By focusing on what is truly essential and letting go of the rest, we can eliminate distractions and cultivate the energy and clarity needed to pursue our goals with greater effectiveness.
Be ruthlessly selective.
One of the key insights of the book is that we are all limited beings, with a finite amount of time and energy at our disposal. In order to make the most of this precious resource, it is crucial that we prioritize our goals and focus on what is truly essential. This means being highly selective about what we choose to pursue and constantly evaluating whether or not our efforts are contributing to our one overarching goal.
Go with the (right) flow.
To help us stay focused and achieve greater simplicity in our lives, McKeown recommends establishing a clear system or routine. By eliminating unnecessary distractions and reducing our options, we can create a streamlined path towards our goals and avoid wasting time and energy on non-essential tasks.
Another important aspect of the book is the importance of taking care of ourselves as we pursue our goals. As human beings, our physical and mental energy runs out, so it is crucial that we take care of our minds and bodies in order to pursue our goals effectively. This means getting enough sleep, taking breaks to rest and recharge, and going on holidays to fully disconnect and relax.
It’s been a long time since I first read about Essentialism; finally I’ve read the book, and it didn’t disappoint. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to simplify their life and focus on what is truly important.
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