Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Audiobook by Greg McKeown is a self-help and productivity-enhancing book. The author stresses on essentialism which is the best practices of mindfulness blended with smart planning. This leads to investing resources in fewer things and making progress in the significant things which matter the most.
The author says to find out the essence of everything that one does. People are faced with compromises between things that are their choices and things that are not their choices. He gives the example of Southwest Airlines and explains why they are leading budget airline. They succeeded because they made the choices towards being the lowest-price carrier. The book then moves on to exploring what is trivial and what is vital. Once the segregation is made, one can start eliminating the trivial things and they can start working on the important things. This helps in removing the distractions from life and focusing on things which matter the most.
McKeown’s next stage towards essentialism is to eliminate the trivial, starting with possessions. The process of elimination starts with getting clarity. He also says that people value the things they own more. The last stage of essentialism is to execute, which is a very important stage. He says that people should inculcate habits which make execution effortless. He also stresses that it is important to estimate the time needed for execution and not to underestimate or overestimate the execution time.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Audiobook by Greg McKeown is a nicely written book on achieving essentialism. The book does not uses any scientific tools or data to make the point. The author builds on the concepts which have been used heavily by different cognitive scientists, psychologists, time management experts etc. The principles provided in the book can be applied in both the personal and professional lives. Though it is not a strictly business book, it can be used to improve productivity at the workplace.
The book provides insights and tips which can help people focus on important things in life and make life-changing decisions. The writing is simple and the use of real-life examples makes comprehending the book easier. This is a recommended read for people wanting to focus on important things in their lives and enhance their productivity.