Effortless: Make It Easier To Do What Matters Most

Books on Tape. May 2021. 272p. 6:03 hrs. ISBN 9780593153932. $57. BUS
Leadership consultant McKeown (Essentialism) focuses on managing effort expenditure and priorities in this book, to help listeners find an easier way to do hard things. He sets out three steps: get into an effortless state of relaxation, from which it is easier to do things; take effortless action to examine yourself and your motivations; and achieve effortless results. The goal is that listeners learn to do the most essential activities more easily, in order to get more done without burning out. McKeown explains how to add fun to the essential, hard tasks that we might tend to postpone; for instance, he suggests watching a favorite TV program while exercising, or eating chocolate while doing your taxes. While Essentialism explained how to determine the tasks that matter most, Effortless aims to teach the right way to do the right things.
VERDICT Though McKeown’s impassioned effort to help listeners lighten their burdens is commendable, his ideas will offer little new to many listeners, especially those already familiar with the solid, “true north” principles and time management quadrants of Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and David Allen’s Getting Things Done. Still, McKeown’s lively, controlled narration and jargon-free, anecdote-filled material will benefit stressed, overworked listeners who might mistakenly believe that 80-hour work weeks build character. Recommended for public libraries.
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