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From the internationally best-selling author of Essentialism comes a guide to making the most important tasks effortless.

The intricacy of modern life has created a false dichotomy between things that are 'hard and important' and those that are 'easy and trivial'. Everything has become so much harder than it ought to be. But, Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism, says, there is a third alternative. In Effortless, he offers practical strategies for making the most vital tasks the easiest ones. Honed over the better part of a decade, these strategies include:

  • Asking 'What Step Can I Remove?' (accomplish more in fewer steps)
  • Having the Courage to Be Rubbish (prioritise progress over perfection)
  • Deciding What 'Done' Looks Like (don't keep running after you pass the finish line)

McKeown's philosophy of essentialism has helped thousands to eliminate nonessential activities and focus on the few that really matter. Working out what is essential is the first step - making these tasks effortless is the next. Effortless will show you how. 

©2021 Greg McKeown (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Effortless inspiring

Practical, joyful and delightful teaching. Highly recommended for anybody that wants a peaceful life
Thank you Greg for writing this book!!!

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Corporate-focused

While there are some examples that seem very easy to connect with, I struggled to draw some points from this book as they weren’t relatable.
Never having been in the big business, executive world it was a tough listen.
I found Essentialism easier to grasp.
Some good points and takes nonetheless.

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Effortful not effortless


I really liked Essentialism, I did not enjoy Effortless. Although I am sure the author would chastise me for complaining and not expressing my gratitude at the fact I can afford an Audible contract or that I have functioning ears.

This book feels wishy-washy. Too anecdotal. Too Captain Obvious. Too many sentences begin; “My wife Anna and I…” Ironically, I feel that the author should have put more effort into writing this book.

I do not feel I gained or learnt anything from listening to this book other than feeling immense annoyance at the author’s pronunciation of the words “derby”, “almonds” and “[Sherlock] Holmes”.

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Boring

The most boring thing I've ever listened to in my life! Got it to inspire me but sent me to sleep!

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Great sequel to Essentialism

If the book Essentialism was about how to do the right things, Effortless is about how to do them in the right way.

I have huge respect for the author for continuing his work, with his podcast and other media, which resulted in this book.

I took a lot of notes, and added to-do items to optimize my life and to grow some habits.

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Great Book

Great ideas in this book! Lovely place to it. Factual, anecdotal, engaging. Excellently narrated.

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Decent follow up

Good follow up to Essentialism. Simple, easy to follow and enjoyable. Extending and reinforcing similar principles

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Thank you Mr McKeown for sharing the story at the end of the book. That brought all of your lessons into perspective. Perhaps it was even the biggest lesson? I wish you well.
I’ve bought the paper copy for my harassed and overworked wife, she needs it.
When it comes to productivity I’ve read them all. This book is up there. Who would have thought that the best book on productivity would be about doing less?

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Must listen again

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  • 28-06-21

Greg's work is incredible

This is a brilliant follow-on for Essentialism and a great book on its own. Very practical and summarizes complex ideas in a simple way

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  • 09-02-22

Inspiring and well delivered!

Loved the content and the delivery of it. Eager to try it out. Definitely recommended!

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  • Kenny Lai
  • 26-06-21

simply amazing

simply amazing. the effortless concept is just the stuff of genius and practical applications. thank you.