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.