Alignment, Ease, Energy & Flow: essentialism

In a good book the best is between the lines. –Swedish Proverb

Here’s what I’m currently reading—

Energy & Ease: essentialismThis book ended up on my nightstand for a couple reasons:

1) As a proponent of minimalism and getting rid of excess, essentialism resonates. I like the idea of a “systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.”

2) Many of my clients come to coaching because they’re over it: They’re tired of being overcommitted, overloaded, overworked, and overwhelmed. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less promises we can reclaim our time and energy by doing less, but better.

This rings true as I’ve witnessed many Aha! moments from clients realizing their real struggle would never be solved by learning better time management habits or new productivity techniques. Instead, they came to understand an essential truth: When too much is on your plate, managing it better or planning for it differently still means too much is on your plate.

The answer, then, isn’t better time management or planning, but in taking things off your plate. In embracing less. Less commitment. Less spread-too-thin. Less scattered “focus”. Less distraction. Less saying “yes”.

I know I’ll recommend this book because I’m only halfway through and it’s already made an impact in helping me be more selective about what is truly essential.

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