The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Book - 2014
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Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?

Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?

Are you often busy but not productive?

Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people's agendas?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist .

The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.

Essentialism is not one more thing - it's a whole new way of doing everything. It's about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives.

Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Business, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780804137386
Branch Call Number: 153. 83 MCK
Characteristics: 260 pages : illustrations


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A guide on how to spend our time and energy on what truly matters.

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Jun 08, 2019

Some comments here are blasting the book because it's "about one thing". And I get that; however, I found the book to be highly useful and bought it because it keeps talking you through the thought process of what to say yes to; and consequently, what to say no too. So it's a guide taking one guiding principle and applying it to granular tactical examples - so you can re-address them in your own life. Overall, a great practical philosophy book which goes against the grain of culture's desire to consume and do more "because productivity".

Sep 27, 2017

About the one thing

Jul 13, 2016

This book was 20% insight and 80% fluff! The central message is a good one (focus your time and energy on what matters) but the book certainly dragged on and felt bloated.

Nov 27, 2015

Lots of great ideas and lofty ideals, but not a lot of insight on how to apply them. Maybe that's the trick though - it's not a how to manual but more a set of guidelines you need to claim for yourself and figure out how to apply. There are a number of thoughtful questions it asks (or asks the reader to ask) that makes the book worth reading; they can help to clarify what is important, and help you figure out what to prioritize, but they require digging to find, and then a lot of introspection to honestly answer. Not a quick fix. The reader's digest version: simplify, say no to what you don't want to do, plan your time and your choices wisely, think hard before you say yes to anything.

Oct 31, 2015

A useful work, although I found that it would be hard to implement because it would require taking notes (especially the list of the ways to say 'no' in chapter eight), which is awkward when one can only listen to it. So, it would be better to read and take notes from it, then start to apply them.

Aug 25, 2015

The core concept of only putting your energies in to those tasks and activities that are most essential in life is a pretty straight forward concept and I felt like the author spent too much time trying to convince the reader of it, and it could have been a couple chapters shorter. Also, despite the idea that the Esentialist lifestyle would allow one to spend more time with family, much of the Essentialist lifestyle seems to depend on others picking up the slack at home while the main breadwinner (whom this book is geared towards) focuses on themselves and their needs.

Apr 09, 2015

Lots of food for thought in this book, and some good suggestions on how to identify what is essential for you, and how to cut out the 'clutter' from your life - well worth reading.

Feb 21, 2015

The book is better understood as an infomercial for the author's consulting business.

The content would have been more useful as a few page essay or magazine article which relayed the few pearls of wisdom and took the title to heart: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

The author worked hard and writes well but it's still mostly 240+ pages of fluff.

Dec 13, 2014

I liked this so much that I bought myself a copy. What enormously useful advice.

Oct 12, 2014

Greg McKeown’s Essentialism The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a guide on how to avoid getting lost in the churn. Through anecdotes and case studies from his consulting work, McKeown teaches readers how to strip down their lives to the bare essentials. The book starts with the basics of his philosophy—and it is a philosophy he is espousing, not just another time management or productivity solution to try and consider. McKeown really wants you to commit.

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Jun 08, 2019

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