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Ever felt overworked and underutilized at the same time?

Do you ever feel busy but not productive?

Like you are always in motion but not getting anywhere?

If your answer to any of the questions was yes, the next few ideas from this book called Essentialism will be at your rescue!


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What is Essentialism?

The reason we experience this feeling is because we try to fit in 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 that we come across, be it 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 (𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁) or 𝗻𝗼𝗻-𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹.

This massively hinders our productivity, thereby making us feel unproductive and even frustrated at times. Fortunately, we can get out priorities straight by adopting a concept called 𝗘𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗺.


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What should you ask yourself everytime?

There are far more activities and opportunities in the world than we have time and resources to invest in - most of them are trivial and only few are vital.

The way of the Essentialist is the relentless pursuit of less, but better. It's not about getting more things done, it's about getting the right things done.

An essentialist constantly questions, "Am I investing in the right activity?"


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Stop trying to do it ALL!

Instead of making a millimeter of progress in a million directions, choosing to have tremendous momentum on the things that are truly vital makes a whole lot of difference.

When you give yourself the permission to stop trying to do it all and saying yes to everything, you can make the highest contributions towards the things that really matter.


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The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

- Lin Yutang



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These ideas helped me reflect on how I was spending my time, focus and energy. This introspection allowed me to re-allocate my time to things that truly matter!

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