In the last newsletter, the book was Deep Work, hands down my best book in 2017.

Essentialism was that book for 2016.

Out of 25+ books, classifying this as the best was a no-brainer. I've re-read it once since then and flipped it open to refresh on random thoughts on many occasions.

Author Greg McKeown describes essentialism as a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless. Here are a few core ideas that stuck with me:

"You cannot overestimate the importance of practically everything." Let that sink in.

Essentialism is about deliberately distinguishing the vital few from the trivial many, eliminating the non-essentials, and removing obstacles so the essential things have a clear, smooth passage.

Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.

If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.

The Paradox of Success: the more options we have, the more we feel distracted from what would otherwise be our highest level of contribution.

To embrace the essence of Essentialism requires we replace these false assumptions with three core truths: “I choose to,” “Only a few things really matter,” and “I can do anything but not everything.”

I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you want to simplify, feel overwhelmed and want to increase a sense of peace, pick up a copy, this is a book, I'll re-read every year!