If you have visited my office, you have probably seen a copy of the book Essentialism on my desk. This book has been pivotal in helping me discover where my highest point of contribution should be. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.
Essentialism, by definition, is the disciplined pursuit of less, but better. Our lives are continually interrupted by a world that is full of distractions. Here is how essentialism can make an impact on your life:
Tune Out the Noise
Tuning out the noise is important, it helps you focus on what really matters. Whether that’s your family, occupation, or even taking time to do recreational things in life. If you don’t block out the noise, you won’t achieve the goals you set out to complete.
No, is often looked at as a bad word. But saying “no” to things is an easy way to make sure you are focusing on what’s essential. It can be hard to decide what to say “no” to as you don’t want to let anyone down. Once you execute your first “no” they get more comfortable after that, so start small and work your way up. If you’re having trouble making a decision, use this time-tested essentialist trick. Rate the choice you have to make on a one to ten
Highest Point of Contribution
Once you start down the essentialist’s path, you will begin to filter out the noise and focus on the important things. This leads to your highest point of contribution on what matters the most. Being 100% engaged in your family, job, or hobby will lead to a more productive and fulfilling life.