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Essentialism: How To Get The Most Important Things Done (Plus a Free Printable)

If you guys haven’t listened to the The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast that was released today, it’s a must listen. Greg McKeown is on the show talking ‘essentialism‘.

Greg McKeown is a New York Times best-selling author, he is a public speaker, he has worked with millions of people around the world to teach the art of ‘essentialism.’ Seriously guys, he is MAJOR!!! Some of his clients include Apple, Airbnb, Google, Facebook, Pixar & Adobe. His book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a must-read too. Michael & I have both read it & you just have to add it to your next Amazon order.

If you’ve never heard of essentialism you should definitely listen to the podcast, but I wanted to share a quick recap here too.

the skinny confidential him and her podcast


Essentialism is the concept of focusing on what is essential & not focusing on what is not essential. It’s basically learning to say yes or no & learning what to focus on & what not to focus on. A lot of essentialism is actually saying NO to things, which I’m sure we could all use a bit more of in our businesses & relationships. A way to do this is by categorizing things as important & unimportant & only doing things that are important. It’s simple when you think about it.

Anyway the episode really dives deep into the art of essentialism & we discuss practical tips to figure out what is most essential in our own lives. Also, the pic above is a printable that you guys can use to apply to your own life. Whether that’s your business or relationships, this can really help you trim the fat out of your life.

Listen to the podcast & be sure to rate, review & subscribe!

x, lauryn

+ for a free goal setting worksheet, scope this post.

++ check out some ways to work smarter here.


  1. Great post as usual. Just a head’s up that you have a typo in the printout (last line, right side). Thanks as always for sharing your insights!

  2. Such a great post! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and am excited to listen to that interview.. I’ve left behind any kind of multi-tasking and took a lot of “shoulds” off my to-do list and it’s made such a difference to productivity.

    Dee ~ Vanilla Papers

  3. Really need to listen to this podcast! I’ve heard of essentialism, but never really applied it to my life. This would probably be great for me as a new blogger.

    Erika Marie |

  4. Loved this post! I feel like many people go through life without true intent and can feel out of control – I know I can feel like this sometimes. Definitely going to give this book a read! Looking forward to hearing the podcast as well!

  5. I have never heard of this before, but absolutely love the concept! Thanks for sharing and I will listen to the podcast asap!


  6. Obsessed with this! My apartment complex does a book of the month and hands it out for free. This was our book a couple months back! I picked it up but never read it. Now I know exactly what I’ll be reading this month 🙂 Always love your book rec, Lauryn!

    1. that is so fun that your apt does that?! thank you for your support!

  7. The author, Greg, mentioned his morning routine and a checklist of questions that he works through each morning. There was a hint that his checklist would be posted in this blog, but I don’t see it. Any way to obtain a copy?

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