“Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”
Many of us stretch ourselves too thin trying to take on more work than we can handle. We say yes to requests before really thinking about it, we commit to doing things simply to please or to avoid trouble, etc. However, this can cause us to feel overworked, busy and stressed. More importantly, fulfilling all the requests of others means we won’t have much time to spend on working towards our own goals.
Essentialists relentlessly pursue less but pursue better. They pause constantly to ask themselves, “Am I investing in the right activities?” After all, they know they only have a limited amount of time and resources; no one can “do it all”. Essentialists eliminate the nonessential and trivial tasks from their to-do lists and instead focus on the vital few that bring them closer to their goals.