Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (New York: Crown Business, 2014)

Product DetailsThis book is an excellent read for someone like me who can hardly imagine pursuing less. Somehow that goes against the grain. It seems like we’re a culture that encourages more–cramming our schedules so there’s no down-time, congratulating ourselves on our abilities to multi-task, to keep all the balls in the air at the same time. Is it any wonder we don’t accomplish what we want to–what’s most important and where we can make the highest contribution toward the things that really matter?

Author Greg McKeown says: “Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only theĀ right things done. The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default.”

I’m beginning to re-evaluate what I consider important. As a “non-essentialist,” I’ve often tried to please everyone, taken on more than is reasonably possible, and bought into the lie that you really can “do it all.” Then I’ve felt exhausted and frustrated. I’m committed to becoming an “Essentialist.” I highly recommend Greg McKeown’s book to help us find our way.