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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

by Greg McKeown


Essentialism is about doing more with less, and more importantly, it’s about doing the right things and not wasting time on the things that don’t matter. Your time and energy are precious; this book will teach you how to spend it in the ways that benefit you the most.

We’ve compiled all the advice in this book into habits and actions that will increase your happiness, improve your productivity, hone your problem-solving skills, and more! Implementing even one of these habits/actions in your life will make a significant positive difference.

About the Author

Greg McKeown is a business writer, consultant, and researcher specializing in leadership, strategy design, collective intelligence, and human systems. He has authored and co-authored several books, including the Wall Street Journal bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (Harper Business, June 2010), and several journal articles.

Originally from England, he is now an American citizen, living in Menlo Park, California. McKeown holds a B.A. in Communications (with an emphasis in journalism) from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Great ideas from this book


1. Give yourself some space to explore your options.


2. Embrace the power of choice.


3. Start making trade-offs.


4. Keep a journal.

5. Identify the information you need to solve big problems.


6. Be more selective when it comes to decision-making.

7. Decide your team’s essential intent.


8. Say no with grace.


9. Cut your losses when necessary.


10. Set boundaries to proactively eliminate distractions from your life.


11. Be prepared for the unexpected with the following buffers.


12. Remove obstacles from your path.

13. Focus on small wins and build your way up to bigger ones.

14. Drop your bad habits.

15. Live in the present.


16. Introduce more play into your workplace and life.


17. Get at least seven hours of sleep every night.


18. Edit your life to guarantee it progresses in the direction you desire.