Essentialism : review of a new way of life

Today’s review has been on my to-do list for a long time. I think that I wanted to make sure I had the right words to share with you how much Essentialism : The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown had an impact on my life. It has a special place in my list of ten books that have changed my life for the better! At first, I wanted to write an extensive summary of the book and prepared detailed notes and quotations. The more I thought about it, the less it made sense. In the spirit of Essentialism, I had to write a minimalist review. Something simple and to the point, something that would inspire you to buy the book and read it yourself. I hope I will give you this urge with my review. Here we go. To me, Greg McKeown’s Essentialism is more than  a simple non-fiction essay. It encompasses a philosophy, a way of life. Here is, in McKeown’s words, what is an Essentialist : “The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by […]

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Seasons of life : why tilting is better than balance

When I wrote this article about seasons of life two weeks ago, I did not know that it would be so on point. You see, I was supposed to post this article last Tuesday, but life got in the way as I have been moving offices and I have not been able to post at all last week.  That is exactly what I was trying to demonstrate when I wrote this post, that different seasons of life demands our attention and devotion and how I make the most of it. In the last few weeks, I’ve been very preoccupied. The office where I work is moving and I’ve been in charge of coordinating the move. It would have been a fairly simple task, but the move has been postponed three times and I had to coordinate the whole thing from scratch each time. I was worried that I would forget something and I would spend the nights restless, going through each step in my mind again and again. Insomnia is not your best friend when you need to concentrate, to […]

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Quarter planning – 5 steps to achieve more goals

Back in 2015, I had the habit of setting goals in January, resolutions of sorts. That year, I set more than 40 goals and was very committed, in the first two months… When my drive gradually dissolved, I started to cross off items from my list. I started making excuses. At the end of the year, I had accomplished 15 of those 40+ goals. Not a bad result, but not even close. I realized that I had two problems in my planning method. First, I set too many goals to be able to work on all of them. Second, most of the goals I set in January were no longer relevant in April. This is when I learned about quarter planning. Shortly before I read Michael Hyatt’s book Living Forward, I heard him talk about quarter planning on his podcast, This is your life. I was very intrigued. Right after I’ve listened to that episode, I was introduced by Jeff Sanders’ podcast to The 12 Week Year book by Brian P Moran. After reading his book, I created the planning […]

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