Summary: 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…Read more.
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Greg McKeown: Essentialism Audio Book Summary
Essentialism postulates that life should be lived in such a way that all energy is willing to achieve certain specific objectives delimited, that are really important for a person, in such a way, that everything essential is of real importance and the nonessential is discarded for Not interfere in the pursuit of the former.
It is a philosophy of life that can be applied to aspects forgiving and to aspects labor.
It is about prioritizing. The author acknowledges that there is always something to do, is always busy with many things and all of them seem important. We are in a society that tries to do everything at the same time, it is chaos. It is also about working smart instead of working harder.
Some of the postulates of the book are: Have criteria to know when to say yes and when to say no to proposals that involve an investment of time; Think less but think better, ie stop wasting time thinking about imaginary situations. Identify and eliminate what stands in the way of achieving the essential. Create routines for anything that is considered essential.
We also talk about things that steal time, for example, in the labor aspect, we tend to think that no opportunity can be rejected, however, there are opportunities that do not help achieve our goals, which only leave us tired and limited Of time to do the things that really matter to us.
Second, social networks, we are programmed to be afraid of losing something, so we are always connecting, even knowing that social networks are the greatest time steal today.
The exposition by Greg Mckeown calls itself a discipline, because it requires an initial effort accompanied by will power to carry on with that philosophy of life. It is important to have an organization and not be afraid to take control of our own lives, to make decisions, Mckeown proposes a series of steps that will allow us to achieve what is proposed.
The first step is exploratory. Several options are explored to choose the right one and to draw up a plan of action based on the achievement of a few clearly delineated and possible objectives. It is important to think, but to think well, without distractions.
The second step is to eliminate those activities and distractions that are not on the priority list to stay focused on the essentials.
The third and final step is the execution, carrying out what we have proposed, but taking into account contingencies and contingency plans to be able to overcome the unexpected.
Essentialism in itself, is to do more by investing just for the achievement of objectives, without wasting time, effort or energy in activities that lead nowhere or with commitments that we do not really want to fulfill.
It aims to sow a learning in the reader and shake it in such a way as to be able to modify his life, everything would be better if we concentrated and stop doing things halfway by wanting to cover everything and worse at the same time.
It is a good book for anyone who wants to learn how to achieve more by concentrating on less.