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The Essentialist Mindset: Doing Less, But Better

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The Essentialist Mindset: Doing Less, But Better
Many of us work in an endless stream of tasks, emails, notifications, and meetings — never pausing and never-ending. When you don’t purposefully and deliberately choose where to focus your energy and…

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Focusing On The Essentials In Life

Focusing On The Essentials In Life

Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.

Being constantly interrupted by many different tasks isn't going to make you successful, only distracted. So clear away the distractions and put most of your energy on the essentials and create something worthwhile.

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Focus On The Few Things Give Most Benefits

The Pareto Principle is also known as the 80-20 Principle and it mainly revolves around the idea that we should focus on the few things that give you the most benefit.

For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So choose three Most Important Tasks for each day, and focus completely on getting them done within a specific time. By restricting yourself to a small number of things, you force yourself to focus only on the essential.

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The To-Do List Vs The Success List

A success list is a short, well-kept list that aims to lead us in a specific direction in an organized manner. If a list isn't built around success, then success is not where it takes you.

To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. And if your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.

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Distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many and eliminate the nonessential.

When you are doing too much at a time, you are constantly switching from one task to another, constantly interrupted, constantly distracted. Do less, clear away distractions, single-task, and get more done.

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"The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency."

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Important vs. urgent tasks

  • Important tasks are things that contribute to your long-term mission, values, and goals.
  • Urgent tasks are tasks that have to be dealt with immediately: phone calls, urgent deadlines, and situations where you have to respond quickly.

Sometimes important tasks stare you right in the face, but you neglect them and respond to urgent but unimportant things.

Don't be available all the time

Time, not money, is your most valuable asset. Invest your asset:

  • Allocate time to each task you need to get done every day. 
  • Each task of the day should be attainable, realistic, and time-bound. And it should advance your goals for the day, week or month.
  • Don't get distracted by everything others expect you to do.

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Daily prioritization check-in

The process of finding what is important to work on could be translated into this series of simple questions:

  • Do I truly have to do this thing now?
  • If the answer is Yes, is this “The Most Important Thing?
  • If not, where does it fit in relation to the other tasks?
  • Is someone waiting on me for this?
  • If so, when do they need it?
  • Does working/not working on this now have long-term consequences that I am not aware of?