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Essentialism

Essentialism

Essentialism is not the same as minimalism, which states that "less is more." Essentialism is defined as "Less but better."

It helps you navigate a distracting world by focusing on things that are important to you. If something is not important, you eliminate it.

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Being In Control Of Your Day

Because essentialism reduces your commitments to only the essential, it puts you in control of your day.

Many people allow others to take control of their day, e.g., colleagues requesting them to do this or that. When you know what is important to you, your day be...

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Don't Overcommit

One of the many reasons we feel so overwhelmed is because we say yes to far too many things. It leaves you in a difficult place of committing to something you didn't want in the first place.

It's better to say, "let me get back to you".

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Keep Your Priorities In Sight

Focus on a single "priority," not on multiple "priorities." The key to living an essential life is understanding what your priority is. Is it your family? Your career? Your hobby?

You will know your real priority once you know what you want out of life.

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Building Daily Routines

Find out what is essential to you, and build them into your daily routines. Your routines will drive you towards accomplishing what you want to accomplish.

If you run around doing everyone else's work, you will not be able to achieve anything for yourself.

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Taking Small Consistent Steps

Anything you want to achieve is made up of small steps that you consistently take over time.

If you want to write a daily journal, it is better to set a small goal of five sentences per day, than to believe that you have to write a thousand or more words per day. Over a week, you may n...

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The Comfort Of Knowing

As most people do not like ambiguity and uncertainty, they are much more comfortable in knowing something even if it is completely false.

Knowing something wrong is better than nothing, as our beliefs let us make sense of the world, which is subjective by every measure.

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