Sure, we’re busy, but what are we actually getting done?
Rather than getting more done, what about getting the right things done? This is Greg McKeown’s suggestion in his book Essentialism. If you are anything like me, asking yourself the question “Where can I make the greatest contribution?” is embarrassing, as you’ll be forced to admit that though you are very busy, much of your effort is expended in activity that takes you sideways more than it takes you forward.
“Less, but better” is the shorthand summary for Mr. McKeown’s book–who could argue with that?
Like many of these sorts of business/leadership books, Essentialism is a bit too long and contains a fair amount of filler–as if the author had a page quota he needed to hit–but I still found it worth reading. I particularly liked Mr. McKeown’s insistence that every part of life involves a trade-off; instead of thinking we can avoid problems altogether, we ought to be asking ourselves, “Which problem do I want?”
Short, easy read. Recommended.
What can you say “No” to this week? (Very politely, of course….)