Gift Idea #3: Essentialism

The irony of taking on a 31 day blogging challenge and then recommending a book titled, "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" is not lost on me. It is probably a good thing I have pulled it off my shelf to revisit for this blog post. 

"The way of the Essentialist," according to author Greg McKeown, "means living by design, not by fault. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless."

I read this book on vacation in March.It was a good time to read it because I was away from the busyness of my life.  I found it really helpful in focusing on the right things I need to be doing. I love the questions on the inside jacket:

  • Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?
  • Do you simultaneously feel overworked and under utilized?
  • Are you often busy but not productive?
  • Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people's agenda?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, check out this book. Or if someone in your life has mentioned any of the above, consider this book as a gift for them. Our lives are complicated. We are pulled in many different directions and there are so many opportunities. Some times it hard to know where to focus our energy. This book offers some good insight for anyone who needs to learn when to say yes and when to say no.