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The Art Of Essentialism

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What is Essentialism?

  1. Essentialism is a form of discipline, described by author Greg McKeown.
  2. Essentialism is the art of discerning between external noise and internal voice.
  3. It’s not a task and time management tactical list. It’s more than tha...

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Know tradeoffs or trade what is most dear

  1. Essentialists are eager to explore new opportunities but have an insanely selective criterion for what they’ll take on.
  2. Many Essentialists are born from becoming frighteningly aware of the enormous cost they have paid in trying to do it all.

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Live by the delayed yes

  1. It’s a good idea to recognize the value of contemplation versus impulse.
  2. Create pause with your decisions, even with your boss, and properly identify the essential.
  3. Make a decision based not on external pressure. Make it bas...

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Practice Makes Perfect

  • Remove the impulse to just say yes - remember that being impetuous can create unhealthy/non-essentialist decisions.
  • Learn the phrase, “Let me get back to you.”
  • Being useful does not require an immediate answer.

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Know the Joy Of Missing Out (JOMO) vs. Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)

  1. There’s a misconception that if you can fit something in, you should. This is the Fear Of Missing Out (commonly referenced as FOMO).
  2. Most of us pride ourselves on taking advantage of all opportunities and think that having a packed calendar is valuable.
  3. Instead, relish i...

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Be an anti-endowmentalist

  1. The Endowment Effect has tricked us all at some point. The Endowment Effect is the idea that we value objects and also opportunities higher if we own them versus if we don’t.
  2. This is a classic heuristic trick—it’s a myth. The idea that yo...

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Stop making the fool’s bargain

  1. Ever heard of The Planning Fallacy ? It means almost all of us, all the time, underestimate the time it takes to get something done.
  2. The planning fallacy has tricked all of us. Things inevitably take longer, doi...

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Lose the popularity contest

  1. Do not attend meetings that are not important - when people question your absence, apologize and ask what they need you to contribute.
  2. Be okay with what you lose short-term from a drop in popu...

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Priority vs. priorities

  1. Not everything is important.
  2. Life is not a set of almost equal activities.
  3. Life is not an all you can eat buffet. Essentialism is about finding the right food.
  4. More and more is valueless. Staying true to my purpose and being sele...

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Protect against rampant moment erosion

  1. One way to live in the moment is to reduce the impulse to always have something to do.
  2. Many have no idea what to do without outside stimulation - downtime is when imagination gets engaged and true creativity happens.
  3. Remember when you were just bored...

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In the end, what truly matters?

  1. Greg brings up something powerful from the article, The Five Regrets of the Dying.
  2. The article states that the number two regret of the dying is working too much...

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Summary - Essentialism

  • Reduce yourself to zero—we have only enough time in each day to fulfill our essential missions; be consumed in your purpose.
  • Learn the art of saying no and be okay with it—place value on this as well. Be particular.
  • The plan...

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The Do's and Don'ts

  • Discern more and do less. Elevate value and get the real results.
  • Don’t misinterpret pressure for purpose.
  • Don’t mistake effort with output.
  • Don't comment. Join fewer calls. Attend fewer meetings.
  • Newness may not be news -

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