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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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Murad Abuzarov
Murad Abuzarovhas quotedlast year
THE WISDOM OF LIFE CONSISTS IN THE ELIMINATION OF NON-ESSENTIALS.
moiixxm
moiixxmhas quotedlast year
The idea that we can have it all and do it all is not new. This myth has been peddled for so long, I believe virtually everyone alive today is infected with it. It is sold in advertising. It is championed in corporations. It is embedded in job descriptions that provide huge lists of required skills and experience as standard. It is embedded in university applications that require dozens of extracurricular activities.

What is new is how especially damaging this myth is today, in a time when choice and expectations have increased exponentially. It results in stressed people trying to cram yet more activities into their already overscheduled lives.
Сабина Нуртаева
Сабина Нуртаева has quoted3 years ago
Less but better. A more fitting definition of Essentialism would be hard to come by.
madinotes
madinoteshas quoted4 years ago
Done is better than perfect
madinotes
madinoteshas quoted5 years ago
Essentialists see trade-offs as an inherent part of life, not as an inherently negative part of life.
madinotes
madinoteshas quoted5 years ago
very few things are essential
Лена
Ленаhas quoted11 days ago
“Stay, but do what you would as a consultant and nothing else. And don’t tell anyone.” In other words, his mentor was advising him to do only those things that he deemed essential—and ignore everything else that was asked of him.
Daniil Savulyak
Daniil Savulyakhas quoted17 days ago
Do you ever feel busy but not productive?
Daniil Savulyak
Daniil Savulyakhas quoted17 days ago
Our options may be things, but a choice—a choice is an action. It is not just something we have but something we do
Daniil Savulyak
Daniil Savulyakhas quoted17 days ago
matter how busy you think you are, you can carve time and space to think out of your workday. Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, for example, schedules up to two hours of blank space on his calendar every day. He divides them into thirty-minute increments, yet he schedules nothing. It is a simple practice he developed when back-to-back meetings left him with little time to process what was going on around him.4 At first it felt like an indulgence, a waste of time. But eventually he found it to be his single most valuable productivity tool. He sees it as the primary way he can ensure he is in charge of his own day, instead of being at the mercy of it.
utiuts
utiutshas quotedlast month
Aristotle talked about three kinds of work, whereas in our modern world we tend to emphasize only two. The first is theoretical work, for which the end goal is truth. The second is practical work, where the objective is action. But there is a third: it is poietical work.2 The philosopher Martin Heidegger described poiesis as a “bringing-forth.”3 This third type of work is the Essentialist way of approaching execution:
An Essentialist produces more—brings forth more—by removing more instead of doing more.
utiuts
utiutshas quotedlast month
can apply these five questions to our own attempts at building buffers. Think of the most important project you are trying to get done at work or at home. Then ask the following five questions: (1) What risks do you face on this project? (2) What is the worst-case scenario? (3) What would the social effects of this be? (4) What would the financial impact of this be? and (5) How can you invest to reduce risks or strengthen financial or social resilience?
Natalia Decca
Natalia Deccahas quotedlast month
Zen, the Reason of Unreason; The Wisdom of Confucius; the Torah; the Holy Bible; Tao, to Know and Not Be Knowing; The Meaning of the Glorious Koran: An Explanatory Translation; As a Man Thinketh; The Essential Gandhi; Walden, or, Life in the Woods; the Book of Mormon; The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius; and the Upanishads.
Natalia Decca
Natalia Deccahas quotedlast month
Think about it this way. Options (things) can be taken away, while our core ability to choose (free will) cannot be.
The ability to choose cannot be taken away or even given away—it can only be forgotten.
Natalia Decca
Natalia Deccahas quotedlast month
It is about pausing constantly to ask, “Am I investing in the right activities?”
Natalia Decca
Natalia Deccahas quotedlast month
The way of the Essentialist is the relentless pursuit of less but better. It doesn’t mean occasionally giving a nod to the principle. It means pursuing it in a disciplined way.
Natalia Decca
Natalia Deccahas quotedlast month
Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.
Natalia Decca
Natalia Deccahas quotedlast month
He wrote: “I think it’s critical to set aside time to take a breath, look around, and think. You need that level of clarity in order to innovate and grow.”
Natalia Decca
Natalia Deccahas quotedlast month
Before you can evaluate what is and isn’t essential, you first need to explore your options.
Natalia Decca
Natalia Deccahas quotedlast month
To embrace the essence of Essentialism requires we replace these false assumptions with three core truths: “I choose to,” “Only a few things really matter,” and “I can do anything but not everything.”
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