Beat Stress By Thinking Like An Essentialist – stress management

Here’s a great article on stress management by author Greg McKeown:

stress managementJust today, someone boasted to me that she was so busy she’s averaged four hours of sleep a night for the last two weeks. She wasn’t complaining; she was proud of the fact. She is not alone. The asset we’re overvaluing now is the notion of having and doing everything, what Jim Collins calls “the undisciplined pursuit of more.”

We are addicted to the drug of busyness, and we push it onto our families too. In the race to get our children into a “good college,” we have foisted upon them absurd amounts of homework, sports, clubs, performances, and extracurricular activities. And with them, busyness, sleep deprivation, and stress.

Across the board, our answer to the problem of more is always more. We need more technology to help us create more technologies. We need to outsource more things to more people to free up own our time to do yet even more.

Luckily, there is an antidote to the undisciplined pursuit of more: the disciplined pursuit of less, but better. A growing number of people are making this shift. I call these people Essentialists.

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