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  • Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (335 ratings)

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Effortless

By: Greg McKeown
Narrated by: Greg McKeown
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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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Brilliant read

The author distills all the key principles for living an effortless life alongside contextualising them using interesting stories

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The idea is vague and broad.

Idea the idea is vague and broad. It's difficult to work out any kind of general principle that can be applied from this word. it's by no means unpleasant - it's well written and full of great anecdotes - but I don't think you're gonna learn anything that's useful.

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Unconvincing and hard to see the point

I loved his first book essentialism, this book was much weaker. he's basically just taken lots of productivity and preventing burnout advice from other books and repackaged it.
The first half is what let's it down. most of it you'll have heard before: get more sleep, try to make difficult tasks fun, how to be more present in the moment etc. There wasn't really anything new or interesting in the first half. the second half on effortless action was better, but still just a well written regurgitation of ideas that are already floating around.

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I essence, as good as his first book, excellent!

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Great Book

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

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  • Renolan Padayachee
  • 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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  • 01-02-23

Brilliant!

Absolutely well written and narrated. Such profound advice in this book on how to take it easy in all that we do and go through in life and excel even at our toughest times.

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  • todor
  • 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.