Mental Model

Life is short and the reality is you can’t do everything. It’s also a highly competitive world where the focus of time and energy is critical to differentiating yourself from others. Your superpower comes from getting only the right things done. You control your time, energy, and financial investment. Your task is deciding what is essential to you, eliminating the trivial many, and then making the vital few things feel almost effortless.


The essence of this strategy and mindset was popularized by Greg McKeown in the book “Essentialism”. It’s a systematic discipline to determine what is absolutely essential, and then eliminate everything that is not. The result is making the highest possible contribution to the things that really matter.


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday

  • Part III – Get Rid of Your Stuff