Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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Crown, Dec 29, 2020 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • More than one million copies sold! Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.
 
Featuring the new Essentialism 21-Day Challenge • “A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked.”—Adam Grant
 
Have you ever:
• found yourself stretched too thin?
• simultaneously felt overworked and underutilized?
• felt busy but not productive?
• felt 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
 
Essentialism is more than 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 toward the things that really matter.
 
By forcing us to apply 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.
 

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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

As someone who tries to do all of the things, I found myself taking notes during this one. I have a hard time saying no, and I’m grateful for the advice of how to focus and decide what’s really ... Read full review

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User Review  - rynk - LibraryThing

Manufacturing a few more hours in the day has been ruled out, so when things get busy it's time to say no, or to stop doing things and see if anyone notices. Labor-saving devices are largely ignored ... Read full review

Contents

The Essentialist
1
Essence 2 CHOOSE The Invincible Power of Choice
33
The Unimportance
41
Explore 5 ESCAPE The Perks of Being Unavailable
63
See What Really Matters
73
Embrace the Wisdom of Your Inner Child
83
from the vital few? 7
91
The Power of Extreme Criteria
103
The Power of a Graceful No
131
the trivial many?
145
Execute 15 BUFFER The Unfair Advantage
175
Bring Forth More by Removing
185
The Power of Small Wins
193
Whats Important Now?
215
The Essentialist Life
225
Appendix Leadership Essentials
239

Eliminate 10 CLARIFY One Decision That Makes a Thousand
119

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About the author (2020)

Greg McKeown writes, teaches, and speaks around the world on the importance of living and leading as an Essentialist. He has spoken at companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Symantec, and Twitter and is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn Influencer’s group. He co-created the course, Designing Life, Essentially at Stanford University, was a collaborator of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Multipliers and serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. He holds an MBA from Stanford University.

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