Today I was directed to this article, came as a link in an email, and the title The Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People really intrigued me. Like most people I have always wanted to be more successful than I am, not in fame or fortune, although that would be nice, but to be more successful in getting life necessities done properly. To make the right decisions, to stop chasing my tail, to make best use of what time I have been allotted. Like most people my life is very cluttered, mentally, physically, materially and also spiritually, and all this brings about stress, which is why I was intrigued by this article, which explains the concept of decluttering or Essentialism very well. Its strange, minimalism became very fashionable a decade or so ago – some people really take to it, others, like myself prefer to live in a cluttered house, and then moan at all the work it entails. Minimalism is a practical form of Essentialism, you remove from your house all clutter, keeping the essentials. Everyone I know is always too busy, and the stress of being too busy just mounts up – and sadly being too busy stops them from achieving what they want to achieve and find the satisfaction that comes with that achievement. Essentialism is removing from your life everything that isn’t important so you have the time and space to do what is important. Read the article and see what you think or watch the youtube video, because Greg McKeown is the author of Essentialism and explains it very well in the video. So sorry I was unable to share the actual email or article in Linkedin so found this article from Huffington Post by Greg McKeown instead. but it is essentially the same message.
What ‘Essentialists’ Do Differently (And Why You Want To Be One)
Author and business adviser Greg McKeown believes that each of us falls into one of two groups: essentialists and non-essentialists. Essentialists are men and women who make wise investments of their time and energy in order to “operate at their highest points of contribution,” he writes in his forthcoming book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. They constantly ask themselves, “Am I focused on the right activities?” …..
Stress is made up of so many things, but the main thing is just not having the time to do all we need to do. If we don’t sleep our 7 -8 hours that are needed to give us the clarity of thought and energy we need to get through the day, then we are asking for trouble. We just can’t keep the pace of rushing without suffering burnout in some form or other. Women who have young children and have to go to work to help with the very high mortgage payments, are very at risk of burnout and possible clinical depression. I remember the very difficult days when I was a young divorced mother of two small children and having to work as well as get my eldest to her school whilst my young son went to nursery school. i was fortunate inasmuch I had no option but return to my parents house and Mum was able to take my son to nursery school every day, whilst I took my daughter, before rushing to get my train into the city to get to work on time. Just the rush was extremely stressful, the worst thing was how your stress will affect how the children behave. When I met my husband and eventually emigrated to the UK I came to a quiet village, I didn’t have to rush anymore, the peace and quiet was deafening at first, but when i adjusted to the slower pace and quieter life, it was wonderful. of course that didn’t last very long, but long enough for me to be determined not to go back to the stress of rushing anymore. If you want to read a book by Greg McKeown called Essentialism: Disciplined Pursuit of Less than click on the link coloured in yellow.