“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.” ― Greg Mckeown, Essentialism
These days, most of us are “busy” but not productive. We overstuff our schedules, put too much on our already filled plates, and start giving priority to other people’s agendas and saying yes to them, instead of focusing on ours.
Once we give ourselves permission to stop being a “superhuman” and try to do it all, only then we’ll be able to focus on things that really matter and perform the daily tasks that reflect our values and take us towards our goals. Instead of repeating our misaligned, hamster-wheel patterns, we can start walking on the path of Essentialism, which is nothing but a disciplined, systematic approach for establishing where our highest point of contribution exists, and then making the execution of those key things almost effortless.
In the following days, we’ll discuss four fundamental principles of Essentialism that can help us live a simpler and more streamlined life.