• Tara Humphrey

THC Book Club - Essentialism by Grey Mckeown

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

For those of you that know me well, I love a good book and at the moment whilst I'm training for the Thames Path 100k. Listening to an audio book is a perfect way to help pass the time whilst I pound the pavements.

This month I listened to the audio book Essentialism by Grey Mckeown.

Published in 2015, the book presents the concept that the essentialist dedicates their time to only what is truly essential, and that less is better to improve the quality of your personal and professional life.

The essentialist no longer wastes their time in non-essential meetings and no longer commits their time to activities that clearly and directly are in conflict with each other.

The essentialist takes back control of their days, weeks and months and realises that they do have a choice about where to direct their energy, time, focus and mindset.

Since reading this book my first port of call has been to minimise distractions and cancel non-essential meetings which do not contribute to the objectives of my projects.

I’ll be honest, I think I suffer from Fear of Missing Out, but after reviewing my project objectives and then cross referencing this with my diary, some meetings just had to go freeing me up to fully focus on the tasks which are truly important. I have a way to go but I am certainly on my way to that #essentialistlife!

I absolutely love this book and believe it’s a must read for anyone that is looking to:

  • Improve their business performance

  • Enhance their quality of life

  • Identify or reassess priorities

  • Develop strategies to enable personal and professional change

  • Evidence that there is an alternative approach to redefining and achieving personal and professional success.

I hope you enjoy it and if you have already read it, I would love to hear your key takeaways.