Getting the Right Things Done (with Greg McKeown)

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In this episode, I sit down with Greg McKeown, the New York Times best-selling author of “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”. In addition to public speaking and business consultation, Greg is also the founder and CEO of McKeown, Inc., a leadership and strategy design agency. Today, we talk about getting the right things done by asking ourselves the question: What is essential in our lives?

Too many of us lead an overstuffed life that seems busy but not productive. McKeown identifies the problem as “the undisciplined pursuit of more” to which the antidote must be “the disciplined pursuit of less but better”. This might seem vague and impossible, but with good humor Greg shows me how!

Take this space for yourself, clear your mind and have a listen to some truly essential stuff. His book can be found in bookstores nationwide and its available for purchase on his website. You can read the first chapter of “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” for free by signing up for Greg’s Newsletter.

Hope you enjoy

Key Takeaways:

                1. Deciding what’s essential starts with accepting that there’ll always be more to do than you can possibly ever get done.
                2. Allow yourself the freedom to say “No” by taking a pause to more honestly discern willingness and priority. People typically appreciate a thoughtful answer over an impulsive one.
                3. Hold a quarterly review, but with your most important employee:
                  yourself. Get away from it all to have alone time, to have thoughts to and for yourself to really take stock of what matters and how you feel.

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