This post was written by contributor Chelsea Becker.
Do you know any books that are packed with lots of information and read slowly? Are there books that are always relevant and always make you think, regardless of the season in your life? Each of my ‘return books’ serves a different purpose, whether it requires addressing relationships, boundaries, parenthood, etc. But there is one book that inspires me in all areas of my life.
recently read Essentialism by Greg McKeown For the fourth time in my life, I read it within the week just before the new year started instead of reading it a little at a time. I was on maternity leave and had some extra time (and brain space while away from work), but this time it hit me in a different way.
It always inspires me, but never before have I taken the time to actually plan how I could use what I learned in the book. I did some research and created a task for myself based on that. The book is about “doing less but better” and living an essentialist lifestyle, so it seemed counterproductive to wrap up with a to-do list, but the work ahead I knew it would lead to my future “less but better” life.
We’re a month into the new year, and we’ve come a long way in remembering the lessons we’ve learned and putting them into practice. i feel good!
Here are the main points that inspired me from this book:
- Instead of having a window open all the time on my desktop, I check my email three times a day.
- Remove “iMessage” from your computer to avoid distractions while working. Check the text when you check your email.
- If the answer is not a clear “yes”, it is “no”.
- If a client piles more on my plate than I had planned (or whoever for that matter), say, ‘I can do it, but to make room for that task. What should be deprioritized to ?”
- Learn slow yes and fast no.
- Check your bank account quarterly to eliminate unnecessary spending and subscriptions.
- Buy only what you need (I decided not to spend $$ in January). Obviously this will be difficult and I don’t want to live a completely minimalist life, but in general it will be a good memory.
- Schedule “think time”. Stay away from all distractions. let your mind wander.
- Protect your assets. As someone who owns her own business and works with many team members and clients, it is imperative to take care of one’s mental and physical health.
- If you do not want a reply to the email, please do not reply.
- When it no longer fits, remove it completely. This can be related to relationships, commitments, tasks, etc.
By the way, the author just released this sequel book. easy, teaches us how to live the life of an essentialist with ease. Haven’t read it yet, but it’s next on the list!
Let me know if you’ve read this book!