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How to Simplify Your Life : Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life Paperback – March 23, 2004
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Seven proven steps for clearing out the clutter and getting back to the basics of a simple, happy life
You don't have to put up with the complications and hassles of an overwhelming daily grind! The international bestseller How to Simplify Your Life will show you how to clear off your desk, clean up your life, and make room for the things that really matter. Packed with practical techniques for simplifying work, money, health, and relationships, this seven-step program gives you the tools you need to lead a fulfilling life.
- How to conquer the paper piles on your desk once and for all
- How your soul will profit from a tidy house
- How to get richer by letting go of your worries about money
- How to enjoy time to yourself without feeling anxious or bored
- How to stay fit and healthy, without overdoing it
- How to make friends and enjoy your family
- How to find the right balance between your career and your spouse or romantic partner
- How to find your deepest goal in life
When you learn to throw off the burdens and drudgery that hold you down, you may find yourself growing wings! The practical techniques in this book will help you eliminate all the chaos, jettison your self-defeating habits, and take control of every aspect of your life. You will discover and achieve the things that are most important to you.
About the Author
Tiki Kustenmacher is a Lutheran pastor, author, and seminar leader.
Lothar J. Seiwert is Europe's leading expert in time and life management. His books have been translated into 20 languages.
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Top Customer Reviews
The German author duo comprised of Werner Tiki Kustenmacher and Lothar J. Seiwert is a formidable team of self help gurus, the former a trained Lutheran minister and free-lance cartoonist, the latter Germany's most sought-after professional coach. Since their book was first published, the "Simplify Your Life" brand has developed into a complex brand of lifestyle books and products - and a perennial bestseller at home and abroad.
Kustenmacher and Seiwert outline their vision for a simpler life in a seven-step life pyramid that starts with the charge to purge oneself of unnecessary objects and ends with the lofty goal of embracing one's life dream. The steps in between - and there are hundreds of them - stem from both men's private practices and from the over 600 American and German self-help books the authors analyzed while creating their own book.
Money isn't the object in their pursuit of happiness, but neither is an austere lifestyle. Readers are encouraged to weed out the clutter at office and home, which, the experts say, mentally blocks your personal development. If that doesn't scare the packrats to action, they offer ample evidence that having too much stuff in your life can actually make you obese.
Finance and time management form two further tiers of the pyramid, and here as well, the authors' advice is sound.Read more ›
The PRACTICAL tips for simplifying are the best part of this book, as it outlines methods for dealing with mail and other important possessions, whether at home or while traveling.
I concur with the review before me, in which the reader says he uses the book as a reference. And that is because most of the book's practical tips and methods of dealing with emails, debt and savings, the garage, closets, and even friends, are certainly workable. And they do take WORK. You'll need to crack open the book often, just to get back on track. Nothing wrong with a user's manual, no sir.
But there is an underlying philosophy that I find objectionable and I'll get right to that. The author is suggesting ways of doing away with stress which are, frankly, disempowering. I can totally dig that an angry, stagnated, confused, and hopelessly disorganized person is in dire need of sweeping changes... but this book has more than one section in which "letting go" is promoted to the point where readers see a choice of either staying obsessively stressed on the little things or else going into a virtual / mental rabbit hole. Without tools for dealing with many things that can be confronted and easily resolved.
I was aghast to find in the book a kind of encouragement for giving up on the problems of the world. Yeah, you will experience less short term stress if you stop thinking about global warming and the children starving in Africa, but people who involve themselves in small ways in these kinds of global issues will tell you that it does wonders for stress about our puny concerns in the rat race.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will show you how to get through the hassles of an overwhelming daily grind! Don't let burdens and drudgery hold you down, simplify your life with simple techniques for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jenny Munford
Love this book. Made my life simple. This is not my first copy. Delivered on time in excellent condition.Published 7 months ago by Ed
Very good advice for all areas of life. Borrowed from the library, read it, then ordered it. Am using the desk clean up portion. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ginny B. Carl
It's fun and easy to use in daily life. Just imagine: getting rid of obstruction in your life is actually fun to do and gives al lot of breathing space.Published on December 2, 2013 by sruppi
Superaddictive book to read! I've got a few of küstenmacher's books and they're all very much fun to read. Really helped me with my cluttered desk...Published on December 1, 2013 by Tinne
Yikes. I've never read a published book that so lacked evidence. If I had read "Scientists say... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Andria Bitton
I read this book years ago in German and I remember liking it back then. I started re-reading it and it is a lot more boring than I thought. It's mostly common sense advice. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by U. Kane
Author's point of view is very interesting in many aspects. I considered myself an organized person until now... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Arnaldo