Book Review: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

See, this is why self-help books frustrate me.  You start with a concept that can be explained in a paragraph and a list, maybe two at most, and then you turn it into 200+ pages.  Nowhere is this more ironic than in a book preaching the gospel of paring your life and activities down to the bare minimum.  So there is your paragraph.  Let’s try a list.

  • Don’t do anything you know is a waste of time.
  • Take the time to think through your options so when you say yes, you mean it.  Be willing to say no to bs.  Make informed choices.
  • Start with the important stuff.  Don’t get more done, get the right stuff done.
  • Be self-critical about what you’re spending your time on.  If it is a waste, stop.
  • Have one priority at a time.  You can’t have everything.
  • Know what matters and do that.
  • Set aside time to think.  You need it.
  • Sleep.  You can’t think clearly without it.

Okay, so maybe some of the examples he gives on how you do these things could be helpful.  Techniques for saying no, for example.  But it comes down to this: take the time to know what matters most and then let everything else go.  If it isn’t love, let it go.

Two-hundred and sixty pages full of words talking about the essentials.  I guess because no one is going to give the guy $16.99 for a book with one page in it.

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Book Review: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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