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Author(s) Greg McKeown
Publisher Currency
Published 2021
ISBN 9780593135648
Page Count272
Language en
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A Times (UK) Best Book of the Year * From the author of the million-copy-selling Essentialism comes an empowering guide to achieving your goals. It all starts with a simple principle: Not everything has to be so hard.

"In a world beset by burnout, Greg McKeown's work is essential."--Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

"At a time when fear, uncertainty, and our ever-growing list of responsibilities have come to feel like much too much to handle, Effortless couldn't be timelier, or more necessary."--Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play

Do you ever feel like:

* You're teetering right on the edge of burnout?
* You want to make a higher contribution, but lack the energy?
* You're running faster but not moving closer to your goals?
* Everything is so much harder than it used to be?

As high achievers, we've been conditioned to believe that the path to success is paved with relentless work. That if we want to overachieve, we have to overexert, overthink, and overdo. That if we aren't perpetually exhausted, we're not doing enough.

But lately, working hard is more exhausting than ever. And the more depleted we get, the more effort it takes to make progress. Stuck in an endless loop of "Zoom, eat, sleep, repeat," we're often working twice as hard to achieve half as much.

Getting ahead doesn't have to be as hard as we make it. No matter what challenges or obstacles we face, there is a better way: instead of pushing ourselves harder, we can find an easier path.

Effortless offers actionable advice for making the most essential activities the easiest ones, so you can achieve the results you want, without burning out.

Effortless teaches you how to:
* Turn tedious tasks into enjoyable rituals
* Prevent frustration by solving problems before they arise
* Set a sustainable pace instead of powering through
* Make one-time choices that eliminate many future decisions
* Simplify your processes by removing unnecessary steps
* Make relationships easier to maintain and manage
* And much more

The effortless way isn't the lazy way. It's the smart way. It may even be the only way.

Not every hard thing in life can be made easy. But we can make it easier to do more of what matters most.

Notes & Quotes

NE nekoprograms added a note 1 year ago:

What I learned from this book. Life doesn't always have to be hard. You have the option to chose the easy way and be better for it. The puritanical belief that choosing the hard way will always be beneficial and provide the best results is false. When faced with situations out of your control, seemingly turn your world upside down, to let the circumstances control who you are, how you feel is actually a decision that you have to make. Do I let this event consume me, my relationships, and make my life harder? Or do I choose to forgive, to fire my grudges, and live life lighter, happier. McKweon's outline of Effortlessness encapsulated in the Effortless State, Effortless Action, and Effortless Results were described through anecdotes, experience, and introspection. He makes a case for a better life lived with principals that breed effortlessness. My biggest takeaway was that you have a choice to fire grudges, relieve yourself of weight, and live better. I also found value in his words about reading - "Read to absorb rather than to check a box". The action I will take from reading this book is to fire my grudges and constantly remind myself to slow down, read to absorb not just to check a box.

NE nekoprograms added a quote 1 year ago:

Read to absorb, rather than to check a box.

NE nekoprograms added a quote 1 year ago:

So if you are feeling overwhelmed by an essential project because you think you have to produce something flawless from the outset, simply lower the bar to start. Whether it’s writing a book, composing a song, painting a canvas, or any other creative pursuit that calls to you, inspiration flows from the courage to start with rubbish.

NE nekoprograms added a quote 1 year ago:

He teaches his language students to imagine they have a bag full of one thousand beads. Every time they make a mistake talking to someone else in the language they take out one bead. When the bag is empty they will have achieved level 1 mastery. The faster they make those mistakes, the faster they will progress.

NE nekoprograms added a quote 1 year ago:

Such is the power of taking the first, concrete, physical step: it ignites a subsequent surge of focused Effortless Action.

NE nekoprograms added a quote 1 year ago:

The greatest gift we can offer to others is not our skill or our money or our effort. It is simply us.

NE nekoprograms added a quote 1 year ago:

We can help people in our lives do the same by putting aside our own opinions, advice, or judgment completely, by putting the other person’s truth above our own.

NE nekoprograms added a quote 1 year ago:

Producing a great result is good. Producing a great result with ease is better. Producing a great result with ease again and again is best.

NE nekoprograms added a quote 1 year ago:

Burnout is not a badge of honor.