Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most
by Greg McKeown
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Pub Date 27 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2021
Crown Publishing, Currency
“In a world beset by burnout, Greg McKeown’s work is essential.”—Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human
“At a time when fear, uncertainty, and our ever-growing list of responsibilities have come to feel like much too much to handle, Effortless couldn’t be timelier, or more necessary.”—Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play
Do you ever feel like:
• You’re teetering right on the edge of burnout?
• You want to make a higher contribution, but lack the energy?
• You’re running faster but not moving closer to your goals?
• Everything is so much harder than it used to be?
As high achievers, we’ve been conditioned to believe that the path to success is paved with relentless work. That if we want to overachieve, we have to overexert, overthink, and overdo. That if we aren’t perpetually exhausted, we’re not doing enough.
But lately, working hard is more exhausting than ever. And the more depleted we get, the more effort it takes to make progress. Stuck in an endless loop of “Zoom, eat, sleep, repeat,” we’re often working twice as hard to achieve half as much.
Getting ahead doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. No matter what challenges or obstacles we face, there is a better way: instead of pushing ourselves harder, we can find an easier path.
Effortless offers actionable advice for making the most essential activities the easiest ones, so you can achieve the results you want, without burning out.
Effortless teaches you how to:
• Turn tedious tasks into enjoyable rituals
• Prevent frustration by solving problems before they arise
• Set a sustainable pace instead of powering through
• Make one-time choices that eliminate many future decisions
• Simplify your processes by removing unnecessary steps
• Make relationships easier to maintain and manage
• And much more
The effortless way isn't the lazy way. It's the smart way. It may even be the only way.
Not every hard thing in life can be made easy. But we can make it easier to do more of what matters most.
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Average rating from 14 members
Effortless is a great and much needed sequel to Essentialism. Once you get the concept of Essentialism, which is prioritization, you can still find that you are overwhelmed by the number of "essential" activities. The author acknowledges this fact, and this is where Effortless picks up the thread and takes you on a path to simplification of the essential life. Some books you read and download to the memory banks as good concepts that might be relevant at some future juncture, and some books you can walk away with simple actionable takeaways that feel good to start putting into practice, and this is one of the latter. You'll find some extremely relevant examples of steps you can take to make some changes that are not only direct takeaways, but the point is clear enough that you can easily expand from the list in the book to similar activities while you are reading.
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