By Melanie Hedgespeth Ι April 11, 2016
I recently read Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown and learned many lessons from this fantastic book.
Essentialism is a mindful path to deciding how to spend your time. Instead of always being busy, busy, busy, we need to take a disciplined approach to deciding what holds value and needs to be done. By doing less, and being more minimalistic, a person can get things done that are of importance and make the greatest impact on work, family, friends and the world in general.
When paring tasks down, a key point in the book is not allowing others to interrupt and derail those essential items you want to complete. One needs to concentrate on what truly matters. Other people intentionally or unintentionally tend to find ways to have someone else do what they want. Sometimes it’s by waiting until the last minute and demanding, through chaos, that a specific task must be done or by woeful pleading. It’s important to have a plan to restrict those interruptions to avoid exhaustion and burnout.
Take time to decide for you what is essential. By cutting back, life will be more relaxing and enjoyable as you pursue those items you value most. Stop trying to do it all.
- Greg McKeown’s Website
- “The One Thing” by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
- 5 AM Miracle Podcast: An inspiring podcast. “The core topics include early mornings, healthy habits, personal development, and rockin’ productivity!” (https://www.jeffsanders.com/the-5-am-miracle-podcast/)
- “The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything” by Neil Pasricha