19/100 — On the idea of essentialism

A couple of days ago, Matt D’Avella published an interview with Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I’m currently looking (as always) for ways to prioritise my life; to learn how to recognise noise and identify the few vital things I want to spend my time on. This interview is a good introduction to the topic.

Part of me bristles at the idea of ‘discipline’, of having to put a system in place by which to live my life. On the other hand, such are the times: distractions are everywhere, and so are opportunities. As a multipotentialite, I love doing many things and am reasonably good at those many things, but it also follows that I never really focus on anything for very long. There’s no area that I have a proper portfolio in; my works are scattered across multiple forms of expression (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, design, acting, photography, drawing, singing, dance, …), and in turn, I feel scattered as a person. And that’s already a problem before all of modern day’s distractions in the form of screens and sounds which prevent me from doing anything fulfilling at all. I suppose it is true that in order to identify the noise, most of us will need discipline. Making certain choices is a skill that needs to be learned. For me it certainly is.

If you have 30 minutes, I recommend this video. I’m going to give the book a go.