The Best Book of 2019
I had an amazing week on vacation with the family. I was able to unplug, enjoy the views and eat good with my day ones! I was also able to dig into probably one of THE BEST BOOKS I’ve read to date.
Essentialism by Gregory McKeown
I’d like to break down my favorite takeaways.
Essentialism works by applying more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward things that really matter.
1. Concept - learn to say NO gracefully.
One thing I’ve suffered from is saying yes too often. This can lead to a ton of commitments and overwhelm.
To fix it:
- Affirm the relationship
- Thank them for the opportunity
- Decline firmly and politely
2. Block out time to just THINK
With a busy lifestyle, it’s hard to find empty space in your day.
The only way to realize the simple truth of unimportance of practically everything is to allocate regular time slots for thinking about it. Block time on your calendar for thought.
3. Protect the Asset.
Greg says: “ the best asset we have for making a contribution to the world is ourselves.”
“If we underinvest in ourselves, and by that, I mean our minds, our bodies, and our spirits, we damaged the very tool we need to make our highest contribution.”
- Set a schedule
- Make it non-negotiable!
- Schedule “fun”
- Make eating a routine
- Schedule sleep
Man, Greg does an amazing job of providing tons of examples for each, too.
There are so many other tidbits from this great read, so BE SURE to pick it up and let know your thoughts!
August 17, 2019