Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less


I think many of us feel we’re going a hundred miles-an-hour trying to do a million things, but still don’t seem to achieve what we want. This book promises to help empower you to focus on the essential items.

It’s packed with good examples, both from the author and people he has encountered. I certainly got some ideas and clarifications.

Many people, myself included, are probably doing some of the practices outlined in the book. Either intentionally or through necessity.

Ironically it took me a while to get through this because I prioritised some things that were more important to me at the time. I also found I had to re-read sections as I’d tuned out while thinking about how I could apply the suggestions to my daily life.

To be honest, nothing in the book is particularly revolutionary. In fact, you could sum it up in a few bullet-points:

  • Don’t take on too much — learn to say no
  • Set aside time to summarise all the things you need/want to do
  • Only do the things that will have the most impact (on your life or the world), drop the rest
  • Don’t forget to carve out time to think
  • Make sure to enjoy down time in order to recharge

The benefit of the book is it drives home why you need to do these things.

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Reviewed: 8th November 2017