Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Summary
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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Summary

If you have a time management problem then you must read this summary of “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by author Greg McKeown.

This book teaches us how we can achieve more and how we can make a work balance. So let’s talk about some of the key points from “Essentialism”.

1. Become An Editor Of Your Life

Blockbuster movies that win many awards and make a lot of money and gain appreciation from everyone are edited so that viewers only see the most important scenes. Likewise, we also need to edit our lives and remove unimportant things from our lives.

In today’s world, it is more of a status symbol if you are busy all the time doing several things. We all have heard that hard work is important but, most that hard work should be in the same direction and not in various directions.

That’s why what you avoid is equally important to what you choose. In this way, you can use your full energy and get the maximum result.

Being busy does not mean being productive. You may have heard about the Pareto Principle, it tells us how our 20% efforts give us 80% results. Identify that 20% of your work and make them your priority instead of wasting most of your time on less important things. This is the main formula the author is giving us at this point. Now the question is how to identify that 20%?

To know that, you need to know what is “Essentialism”.

Essentialism is investing your time and energy only in what’s essential to make your optimum contribution to the things that matter most to you.

Essentialism is investing your time and energy only in what’s essential to make your optimum contribution to the things that matter most to you.

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2. Learn To Say NO

It happens with many people when they want to say No to someone but they end up saying Yes. That’s because they think the other person may feel bad or their relations may affect.

One of the important teachings of this book is to learn to say no to people, gracefully.

Now there are 3 techniques given by the author that you can use for this purpose.

(a) Awkward Pause

Take a few seconds pause before giving any commitment and think about everything. This way you can think of your priority and you will not regret it after.

(b) Artificial Delay

If you aren’t sure then use this technique. Tell them I don’t want to give you an empty promise, give me some time to check my schedule and I’ll reply later.

(c) Suggest Someone Else

If you think that you are not interested then suggest someone else whom you think will surely be interested in doing that work.

3. Set Boundaries

Suppose you bought a film ticket for 300/Rs and after that, you came to know that the movie is not good and it’s not worth the time. Now at this stage, if you think I have already bought the ticket, I cannot get my money back and you decide you will watch the movie just because you have a ticket and if you don’t watch the movie it will be a waste.

Do you know what? You just doubled your loss. How? Well previously it is only the loss of money but when you went to watch the movie you waste your time too.

These are the stages when you need to set a boundary. And for this, you need to accept that you have made a mistake and you should stop now.

One more example we can use for this, don’t bring your work to your home, leave it in the office, do it there. When you are home, your time should be for your family. Set a boundary between your work life and personal life and never mix them.

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