Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - by Greg McKeown




my notes:

The overwhelming reality is: we live in a world where almost everything is worthless and very few things are exceptionally valuable.


Many capable people are kept from getting to the next level of contribution because they can’t let go of the belief that everything is important.

Instead of asking “what do I have to give up?” Ask “what do I want to go big on?”

Trade-offs are something to be embraced and made deliberately.

If people are too busy to think, they are too busy, period.

Focus means creating the space to explore one hundred questions and possibilities.

The word ‘school’ is derived from the Greek word ‘schole’ which means “leisure.”

Are you saying what you want to say? And are you saying it as clearly and concisely as possible?

If you don’t set boundaries— there wont be any.

What is the obstacle that, if removed, would make the majority of other obstacles disappear?

Take a goal or deadline you have coming up and ask yourself “what is the minimal amount I could do right now to prepare?”

When we start small and reward progress, we end up achieving more than when we set big, lofty, and often impossible goals.

Design a routine that makes achieving what you have identified as essential the default position.

W.I.N. —What’s Important Now?

There is a difference between losing and being beaten. Being beaten means they are better than you. They are faster, stringer and more talented. Losing means you lost focus and you didn’t concentrate on what was essential.

Multitasking itself is not the enemy, pretending we can ‘multifocus’ is.