I’m recommending the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown for my June Book of the Month.
Because of the demands we have on our busy lives, it is “essential” that we prioritize and evaluate the necessity of everything on our “to do” list. Excellent time management skills will only allow you so much productivity if you have too many things on your list.
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 you can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
By forcing you to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers you to reclaim control of your own choices about where to spend your precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for you.
Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn how to do less, but better, in every area of their lives.
Chinese writer Lin Yutang said, “The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less can be purchased HERE
If you go to www.gregmckeown.com you can download Chapter One for free, take a quick 10 question quiz to see how “essentialist” you are and learn more about Greg McKeown.
Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people break through to the next level—and others don’t. As well as frequently being the #1 Time Management book on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success. McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few rather than the trivial many. Clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University. An event organizer said after McKeown addressed their 1,000-person conference, “I have been part of this event for 16 years and McKeown is the best speaker we have ever had!” Prior to this, McKeown collaborated in the research and writing of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. Originally from London, England, McKeown now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children.