Essentialism

Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Audiobook CD - 2014
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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.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780804165297
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (ca. 6 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.

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BRADCARL
May 15, 2019

4.6 Stars

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runninfever101
Sep 27, 2017

About the one thing

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kirschner19
Jul 13, 2016

This book was 20% insight and 80% fluff! The central message is a good one (focus your time and energy on what matters) but the book certainly dragged on and felt bloated.

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freckled2much
Nov 27, 2015

Lots of great ideas and lofty ideals, but not a lot of insight on how to apply them. Maybe that's the trick though - it's not a how to manual but more a set of guidelines you need to claim for yourself and figure out how to apply. There are a number of thoughtful questions it asks (or asks the reader to ask) that makes the book worth reading; they can help to clarify what is important, and help you figure out what to prioritize, but they require digging to find, and then a lot of introspection to honestly answer. Not a quick fix. The reader's digest version: simplify, say no to what you don't want to do, plan your time and your choices wisely, think hard before you say yes to anything.

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1aa
Oct 31, 2015

A useful work, although I found that it would be hard to implement because it would require taking notes (especially the list of the ways to say 'no' in chapter eight), which is awkward when one can only listen to it. So, it would be better to read and take notes from it, then start to apply them.

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traceofbase
Aug 25, 2015

The core concept of only putting your energies in to those tasks and activities that are most essential in life is a pretty straight forward concept and I felt like the author spent too much time trying to convince the reader of it, and it could have been a couple chapters shorter. Also, despite the idea that the Esentialist lifestyle would allow one to spend more time with family, much of the Essentialist lifestyle seems to depend on others picking up the slack at home while the main breadwinner (whom this book is geared towards) focuses on themselves and their needs.

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Mothercat
Apr 09, 2015

Lots of food for thought in this book, and some good suggestions on how to identify what is essential for you, and how to cut out the 'clutter' from your life - well worth reading.

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RichardR
Feb 21, 2015

The book is better understood as an infomercial for the author's consulting business.

The content would have been more useful as a few page essay or magazine article which relayed the few pearls of wisdom and took the title to heart: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

The author worked hard and writes well but it's still mostly 240+ pages of fluff.

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JudithE
Dec 13, 2014

I liked this so much that I bought myself a copy. What enormously useful advice.

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gendeg
Oct 12, 2014

Greg McKeown’s Essentialism The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a guide on how to avoid getting lost in the churn. Through anecdotes and case studies from his consulting work, McKeown teaches readers how to strip down their lives to the bare essentials. The book starts with the basics of his philosophy—and it is a philosophy he is espousing, not just another time management or productivity solution to try and consider. McKeown really wants you to commit.

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