“Essentialism by Greg Mckeown” Notes…
ASK: “Is this the very most important thing I should be doing with my time right now?”
Pursue less but BETTER
Determine where the highest point of contribution lies and then make an execution of those things almost effortless.
If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
Focus on what is absolutely essential by eliminating everything else.
ASK: Will this effort or activity make the highest possible contribution towards my goals?
We can choose how to spend our energy and time
Almost everything is noise and a very few things are exceptionally valuable.
We can’t have it all or do it all.
The right thing AT the right time THE right way.
Choice is an action
Certain types of efforts yield higher rewards than others. LESS BUT BETTER
The Law Of The Vital Few – You can massively improve the quality of something by changing small key elements.
An “Essentialist” discerns more so he can do less.
ASK: What is the trade-off I want to make- What can I go big on?
Playing is key part of life. DO NOT ignore play.
Overachievers- The real challenge for those who thrive on challenges is NOT to work hard.
Rest is EXTREMELY important.
Do fewer things no so you can do more tomorrow. (long term mentality)
Pursuit of something should be a HELL YEAH! or its a No. Has to be a definite yes.
Give things a score from 0-100 if its less than 90 do not do it.
ASK: If we could truly be excellent at only one thing, what would it be?
Learn to say NO frequently and gracefully. ONLY say yes to the things that truly matter!
Avoid the “sunk cost bias” – not cutting something off because you’ve put too much in it.
ASK: If I wasn’t already invested in this, how much would I invest now?
ASK: What else could I do if I pulled the plug now?
Comfortable with cutting losses
Making things better means SUBTRACTING
Get rid of options or activities that get in the way!
Every additional moment we have gained can be spend on something better.
Pursue less efforts to get results.
Eliminate meaningless activities and replace them with meaningful activity.
Restrain for stepping into issues or things that will burn time and energy.
Create Buffers – things that keep us from coming into contact with things that harm us. Money can be buffer, time processes, etc.
Use extreme preparation – prepare FAR in advance.
Add 50% to your time estimates.
Make a one time investment in removing “slow hikers” or things that get in the way of your processes.
Start small and celebrate small progress.
Progress is the number one form of motivation
DESIGN A ROUTINE THAT MAXIMIZES ALL ABOUT YOU AND MINIMIZES THINKING, TIME AND ENERGY.
Every habit is made up of a “Cue, Routine and Reward”.
Enjoy the “Present”. Be present where you are.
There is no way to “Concentrate” on multiple things at once. NO WAY
Make existentialism something you are.
The more items you pursue, the harder it is to follow up on all of them.