The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.
My thoughts: This book is changing my life. I’ve been interested in minimalism for a while, but this is like minimalism for the mind. Reading this book has helped me to work through some mental roadblocks that I’ve had for years. Though it’s geared to business people, I found the principles incredibly relevant to stay-at-home motherhood. After reading it, I’ve been asking myself, “Is this essential?” more often. I’ve had a clearer view of what I want to spend my time doing and where I want to invest my energies instead of taking on projects haphazardly.
Basically, I absolutely loved it.
Read this if. . . you feel scattered and too-busy; if you need a little more focus in your life; if you are attracted to the idea of minimalism.