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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Greg McKeown

Narrated By: Greg McKeown

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2014

Duration: 6 hours 13 minutes

Summary:

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER 

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.


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  • Amy Yarrington

    Love this - listening to it a second time now in order to soak it all in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Danielle M

    Thank you, this is exactly what I needed. Definitely a life changing book.

  • Courage M

    I began to implement the principles immediately! It has had such a positive impact on my life and my businesses.

  • vincent legault

    I really appreciate this book, I would recommend to anyone who like me prefer to do fewer thing but do it right.

  • Xin Zhao

    I have to admit that I am very disappointed. It is ironic that a book so relentlessly advocates essentialism is so non-essential: repeat the same materials emphasizing the importance of essentialism in different ways over and over again. The importance is justified without the need of any emphasis, otherwise I would not read this book. My problem, which I believe might also be the problem for a lot of others, is how to differentiate the essential from the non-essential. To this point, it looks like the author has failed to provide any meaningful suggestion, let alone insightful framework or process or logic flow. If I recall correctly, the only suggestion I see is to increase the threshold of your decision. If the candidate is not 90%, then don't make decision. What a waste of time.

  • Umang Gopani

    would love to read this book again. although we all know many of these things, putting them down with examples helped me a lot. I would recommend it to anyone. narrating is also good for a non-fiction book like this. This is one of the books to read once a year to keep a check on yourself and be an essentialist.

  • Nicholas Thomas

    Clearly defines a path to getting more out of life through focusing on less. The cure for Attention Deficit in our modern society.

  • LaMarr Anderson

    Thought provoking and motivational. Will take 2-3 readings to have it all sink in and effectively apply. Worth the cost and time.

  • T. Chadrisse Knight

    An amazing book to read to focus on what is important. Simply stated, brilliantly displayed, and a must read

  • Eric Perry

    This book is amazing. If you are feeling overwhelmed or spread too thin, this is a book that can help you get on the right course. -April Perry