The Essential Life
Essentialism is seeing clearly what really matters and doing it.
Essentialism rejects the idea that you can do it all or that you should accomplish everything. Instead, it promotes choosing only some fields or directions in which to shine. It’s more important to “make great strides in a few things that matter, rather than an inch of progress in a million directions,” says McKeown. He encourages clients to continuously ask questions, update plans, and refresh the decisions regarding what’s worth doing. Reinvest in productive areas.
The guidelines for living the essential life are simple. Do the important thing now. The next moment, the same. Clear away the clutter. Clear away the distractions. Turn the TV way down. Turn the social media off. Get still. Get quiet.
What’s important now? Do it.
What you’ll learn
- Greg’s personal story of why and how he reordered his life (2:13)
- Identifying and embracing the essentials and rejecting the rest (7:08)
- How “endowment” bias can hold you back: Reevaluating and letting go of things that are no longer important (9:55)
- How to spend time in accordance with your greatest values, rather than letting others decide (24:50)