When I first heard about the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown...
I thought it was just going to be some manifesto from a guy I had never heard of. But the cover was interesting, so I gave it a shot.
Within a few pages, I was hooked because I felt like McKeown was reading my mind.
He was dealing with the exact things I struggled with when I was working at a Fortune 500 company.
What McKeown helped me see was that it wasn’t about working at a corporation or a non-profit or in public service.
It’s the reality we’re all facing in the 21st century:
Overwhelming options with every decision.
Pressure to do all. the. things. all. the. time.
Responding immediately to every beep, buzz and bing.
Instead of teaching us how to do more with less, McKeown shows us how to “do less but better.”
Plus, he provides a roadmap for doing the right things for the right reasons at the right time—not do everything popular now.
The best part? You get to decide what “right” means for you.
Plus when he drops truth bombs like:
“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”
“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance?”
It's easy to see why the world needs his work.
Honestly, I wish I had known about this book a few years ago when I was wasting so much time and energy trying to keep up with all of my emails.
I called it Inbox Zero—a magical and mythical state where your inbox has no emails to deal with because you have responded or filed every email.
Basically, I had convinced myself that if I could keep my inbox clean, then I would be happy.
Eventually, I realized this was an impossible goal I had set for myself.
And, even if my inbox actually didn’t have any emails in it… there was likely someone, somewhere writing an email to me at that very moment.
By reading Essentialism, I was forced to reconsider not just my Inbox Zero goal but a lot of my other work habits, too. Habits that kept me really busy but not necessarily productive.
If you’re struggling to keep up with the constant swirl like I was, I know this book will help you to find peace amongst the chaos.
Even if email isn’t your downfall, I highly recommend Essentialism to anyone ready to learn how to focus on what matters most and tune out what doesn’t.
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