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Essentialism [the disciplined pursuit of less] /

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... Full description

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Language: English
Published: Books on Tape ; 2014
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SUMMARY

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER

Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your work life?

Do you often find yourself stretched too thin?

Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?

Are you frequently 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. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

From the Hardcover edition.


Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

McKeown began his mission for a less overcommitted life after he left his wife and hours-old baby in the hospital for an ultimately unproductive client meeting. Punctuated with zippy, thoughtful one-liners, this guide to doing "less but better" offers strategies for determining what is truly necessary, and shedding what is not. Too many people fall for the having-it-all myth, and would benefit from shifting from a non-essentialist mindset (unable to distinguish and parse out the truly important) to an essentialist one (capable of identifying the goal), contends McKeown. Instead of attempting to achieve everything, readers need to figure out how to do the "right thing the right way at the right time." According to the author, the first step is un-committing: resisting the urge to join clubs, take on hobbies, and maintain unsatisfying friendships. Readers can stop making casual commitments, and can get over their fear of missing out. By making better choices, and not taking on the weight of other people's problems, readers can realize the non-essential nature of virtually everything in life, and learn to be present and spend more meaningful time with family and friends. This is a smart, concise guide for the overcommitted and under-satisfied. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

True to the title, the book boils down its key message to four concepts: essence, explore, eliminate, and execute. McKeown (Multipliers) challenges listeners to evaluate systematically and continually how they spend their time and energy and eliminate all but the most important elements in all aspects of their life. His mantra, "achieve more by doing less," repeats throughout. After all, he says, "If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will." McKeown gives listeners permission to say no to everything that doesn't support their passions in life and work and suggests pausing constantly to ask if one is investing in the right activities. Experiencing this book will change many listeners' lives-for good. McKeown himself narrates; his pacing and his slight British accent make him an excellent choice. The audio version loses some of the print version's delightful illustrations, but the message is still delivered. Verdict Highly recommended for anyone who is overloaded and stressed and looking for some relief.-Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Greg McKeown received an MBA from Stanford University. He writes, teaches, and speaks on the importance of living and leading as an Essentialist. He is a blogger for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn Influencer's group. He co-created the course, Designing Life, Essentially at Stanford University. He is the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and was a collaborator of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.

(Bowker Author Biography)