Quick Tips: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Michael K Personal Development, Quick Tips 8 Comments

It’s time for another quick tip!

Today’s quick tip is Essentialism by Greg McKeown.

Recently, I received this book as a gift from a coworker and it couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. As my schedule and responsibilities continue to pick up, Essentialism is a trusted guide that points the way to managing it all with clarity.

According to McKeown, Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.

Throughout the book, McKeown highlights key differences that exist between those who practice essentialism (i.e., Essentialists) and those who don’t (Nonessentialists). For example,

The nonessentialist evaluates potential commitments through the filter of “I HAVE to.”
The essentialist evaluates these same commitments through the filter of “I CHOOSE to.”

The nonessentialist reacts immediately to what’s most pressing.
The essentialist pauses first to discern what really matters.

The nonessentialist takes on too much, and their work suffers in the process.
The essentialist chooses carefully what to take on, allowing them to do even greater work.

The nonessentialist feels overwhelmed and exhausted.
The essentialist experiences joy along the journey.

If you’re someone who needs to take back control of your life by focusing on what’s truly essential, then Essentialism is the book for you.

Say no to what’s good, so you can say yes to what’s great!


Michael KQuick Tips: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

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