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Key Takeaways from "essentialism" by Greg McKeown

Essentialism means living by design, not by default.

Saying NO and declining projects earns respect and improves relationships.

Essentialism compounds: More focus on essentials leads to more time working on essentials, reducing noise and excess work. By working only on the highest priority, everything else fades away.

Extreme Preparation

Add 50% to your time estimates to allow for a buffer in achieving goals. Despite a tendency to underestimate, people remain confident in their estimates.

About Priority and Project Selection

To overcome the endowment effect (valuing what you own more), pretend you don’t own it yet.

Powerful Anecdotes