Since finishing, I have recommended Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less to so many people.  I think there is a busyness epidemic in our current culture.  We have so many great tools to remember things that we fill every nook & cranny of time with as much as we can.  This book challenged me to just step back and create margins in my life.

Since starting to apply these principles, I have noticed just how busy I actually was and how much it was affecting everything I was a part of, including my family.  It has been hard, but “let me get back to you” and “no” have become easier to say, and my life is better for it.  I really recommend that you read this book.