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*A Book Review*

Essentialism

By Greg McKeown

by Michael C. Gray

October 5, 2017

Essentialism is about choosing to take control of your own life.

Most people are distracted throughout their lives by trivialities or other people's priorities, so they accomplish very little and can't enjoy the things they really value. They forfeit their right to choose. Greg McKeown calls these people, "nonessentialists."

"Essentialists" exercise their right to choose. As much as possible, they consciously identify and eliminate what isn't important to them.

As a result, essentialists are able to focus their energy on what is important to them, instead of dissipating it on what isn't.

According to McKeown, we have become victims of the belief that "we can have it all and do it all." With the explosion of demands, including social media, texting and email, we are becoming buried with overscheduled lives.

When we are overscheduled with chores and work, we give up play and sleep, which are two of the most important things for our health and emotional well-being.

The basic process of elimination is (1) explore and evaluate; (2) eliminate; (3) execute (maintenance).

This process is easy to say but not so easy to do for many of us. McKeown's business is coaching people through the process.

If you are feeling you aren't in control of your time and your life, get a copy of Essenentialism and put these ideas into practice.

Buy it on Amazon: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

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