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Chapter 15 - Definition Of A Buffer

Something that prevents two things from coming into contact and harming each other.

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What Would An Essentialist Do?

They look ahead. They build a buffer for unexpected events, and practices extreme and early preparation.

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How To Create Buffers?

  1. Use extreme preparation
  2. Add 50% to your time estimate
  3. Conduct scenario planning / risk management strategy

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...often we actually know we can't do things in a given time frame, but we don't want to admit it to someone

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Chapter 16 - Definition Of Subtract

Identify the "herbie" - the part of the process that is slower relative to every part of the plant.

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What Does An Essentialist Do?

Look for the most obvious or immediate obstacles and bring forth more.

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How To Subtract?

  1. Be clear about the essential intent
  2. Identify the "Herbie"
  3. Remove the obstacle

"Done is better than perfect" - if your essential intent is to be done.

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To attain knowledge add things everyday. To attain wisdom, subtract things everyday

LAO TZU

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Chapter 17 - Progress

Everyday do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

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What Does An Essentialist Do?

Pursue small and simple wins in areas, instead of going for big, flashy wins that don't matter

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How To Progress?

  1. Focus on Minimal Viable Progress
  2. Do the Minimal Viable Preparation/milestones
  3. Visually Reward Progress

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Because a small concrete win creates momentum and affirms our faith in our further success

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Chapter 18 - Definition Of Flow

Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.

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What Does An Essentialist Do?

Design a routine that enshrines what is essential, making execution effortless by making it a default task.

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How To Have Good Routines?

  1. Overhaul your triggers
  2. Create new triggers
  3. Do the most difficult thing first
  4. Mix up your routines to avoid routine fatigue
  5. Tackle routines one by one

A habit is made of cues, routines, and rewards.

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The right routines can actually enhance innovation and creativity by giving us the equivalent of an energy rebate

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Chapter 19 - Focus

Focus only on the play they are in right now because that's what's most important now.

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What Does An Essentialist Do?

focus on the present, and tune into what's important now. Enjoy the present.

Chronos and Kairos (opportune/right)

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How To Be In The Now?

  1. Figure out what's most important right now
  2. Get the future out of your head
  3. Prioritise
  4. The pause that refreshes

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There is a difference between losing and being beaten. Being beaten means they are better than you, losing means you lost focus.

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