Some comments from the book Essentialism



  • Work hard at adopting the principle “less but better.”
  • Understand the statement “you can have it all” is a lie.
  • In order to have focus you need to escape to focus.
  • Adopt a think week or a think day or some other time where you intentionally read/think. Bill Gates did this even in the busiest seasons of Microsoft, which means you can.
  • Play is essential. “Play leads to brain plasticity, adaptability, and creativity…nothing fires up the brain like play and its an antidote to stress” (85).
  • The value of sleep. In the past sleep was scorned upon and associated with being lazy. Now, sleep is understood to be for high performers, seen as a priority, breeds creativity and facilitates the highest level of mental contribution
  • If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no. Be relentlessly committed to things that are a clear yes.
  • Talking about what’s important is fairly easy but actually living what’s important is rarely seen. Work hard towards this goal.
  • Work hard at saying no gracefully, firmly and resolutely.

Comments from Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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