Infographic: Embracing Essentialism
How often do you find yourself saying “yes” to requests without really giving it much thought?
Do you ever feel like you’re overworked, but not being productive? Have you ever regretted getting involved with certain commitments? It may be time to adopt the mindset of an Essentialist.
In the book, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” you’ll learn how to become more deliberate with how you spend your time. Being an Essentialist means getting only the right things done.
THE MINDSET OF AN ESSENTIALIST FOLLOWS THREE PRINCIPLES:
Explore: Determine what is insignificant and what is essential.
Eliminate: Eliminate the nonessential activities and commitments.
Execute: Create a system or process to help you execute and fulfill your intentions.
The book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” is written by Greg McKeown.
This book will help you re-evaluate how you spend your time and help you shift your mindset to become more deliberate with how you allocate your energy to projects, people, activities and requests.
I admire McKeown for reminding readers that you have options; he’s adamant about showing you how to “live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect from you. ”
There are different methods that he teaches to help you be more efficient and productive with your personal and professional commitments. After reading this book, you’ll learn how to apply the “Essentialist Mindset” to every aspect of your life.
You’ll learn to adopt an essential intent, which the author argues is inspirational and concrete, both meaningful and measurable. An essential intent means making one decision that settles 1,000 later decisions, says McKeown.
Essentialism nudges you to embrace the idea of saying, “no” more often because it requires trading popularity for respect.
In today’s digital age, you’ll appreciate that Essentialism encourages you to get over the fear of missing out and to stop making casual commitments—be deliberate with how you spend your time.
Ready to embrace the Essentialist life? Here’s a breakdown of how to embrace Essentialism.
Here are the big ideas:
〉Choose how you want to spend your time. Explore your options before committing. Be deliberate.
〉Identify what is essential and non-essential. Learn to say no.
〉Eliminate the nonessential activities and commitments.
〉Use the time you have to create a system or process to help you execute and fulfill your intentions.
Nancy Casanova is a social media strategist and also writes a newsletter called Learn New Things where she shares her favorite productivity, personal growth, and content strategy tips for digital professionals.