Published by Crown Business on April 15th 2014
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. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.
The problem with writing a book review a few months after reading a book is that you’ve forgotten those initial thoughts you had after reading the book! This could also be a good test to see what really made an impact. This one is leaning to the “Woah I’ve forgotten what was in this book” direction.
I’ve been running a business for 10 years and am a sucker for any non-fiction business book that promises a way of doing things better. We also went through a season of reducing our “stuff” a few years ago (aided by a house fire, but that’s another story). We’re big fans of reducing down to the essential whether that’s in house possessions or the things we allow into our schedule.
I really enjoyed the book’s focus on the importance of sleep, choosing what you’re going to be about instead of letting things happen to you by saying “no”, and conscious editing. Some of the contents were things I already know, but the book was a worthwhile read for new things and some review.
This was book number 30 of 52 for 2017.