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Greg McKeown ยท 260 pages

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In Essentialism, Greg McKeown advocates for a minimalist approach to work and life. He argues that by focusing on the few things that truly matter, individuals can achieve greater success and satisfaction. McKeown provides practical advice on how to identify what's essential, eliminate distractions, and create a clear vision of one's priorities. He also emphasizes the importance of saying "no" to unimportant tasks and building in time for rest and reflection. With a focus on simplicity and clarity, Essentialism is a valuable resource for anyone looking to live a more intentional and fulfilling life.

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1. Focus on doing fewer things but doing them better.
2. Identify the few things that truly matter and eliminate the rest.
3. Say no to distractions and unimportant tasks to focus on what’s essential.
4. Use the power of choice to prioritize your time and energy.
5. Embrace constraints and limitations to foster creativity and innovation.
6. Create a buffer to protect your time and prevent overcommitment.
7. Focus on the vital few tasks that will have the most impact.
8. Use the 90% rule to avoid perfectionism and focus on progress.
9. Develop a clear understanding of your values and use them to guide your decisions.
10. Cultivate the mindset of an essentialist to live a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

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Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential. 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.