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"Readers will immediately recognize the wisdom of his approach and see that these tactics offer a big payoff. Meisel provides a concise and ingenious roadmap to doing less, getting more and enjoying life."
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“I’ve seen many programs for improving lives (and created a few myself). Ari Meisel’s philosophy in Less Doing, More Living is a true gem—simple, fun, and technologically up-to-date for the 21st century. This book will help you easily remove the stresses of day-to-day living and find that, in this removal, you’ll have more time to enjoy the activities and people that you love.”
David Bach, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich
 
“Less Doing is an awesome book because it is a hands-on guide that teaches you how to quickly implement the art of ‘strategic laziness’—doing only the most important stuff, and doing it well enough to get what you want. The stuff in this book will help you kick more ass, whether you’re an entrepreneur, a student, or anywhere in between.”
Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof Executive

"Less Doing, More Living is not just another marketed diatribe on personal efficiency; it is a real source of inspiration for rethinking our ideas about productivity in a way that is far removed from the outdated norms inherited from industrialism."
Business Digest
 
“Ari Meisel's book is a KISS read packed with tons of valuable insights and tools to simplify your life, streamline your tasks, and allow you to focus on the right things with the right tools.”
Mark Divine, author of The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind
 
“Ari Meisel’s Less Doing, More Living is a fittingly efficient read designed to help you optimize your life per nine fundamental principles. I came away inspired to further streamline my workflow, declutter my (dreaded) paper inbox, and obliterate my to-do list thanks to a host of great tech tool and time strategy recommendations.”
Christine Koh, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less
 
“I'm going to send an automated reminder to myself to re-read Ari Meisel's super-helpful book every month. It's got an absurd number of tips that make my life easier.”
AJ Jacobs, four-time NY Times-bestselling author
 
“This smart and practical work illustrates Meisel’s approach to efficiency and effectiveness in all aspects of life. It's a road map of tools and tricks to help you be better at what you do in less time, regardless of your discipline, so that you can have more ‘free’ time to spend it however you like.”
Seamus Mullen, award-winning chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author
 
“Efficiency is a lost art nowadays and Ari Meisel has armed you with an effective tool for increasing productivity in the midst of the chaos. Every aspect of your life can become better with just a few simple and implementable changes that you'll be shocked by how easy they are to do. Free yourself to do what you were meant to do so you can live the way you want to live. Start doing less and living more today!”
Jimmy Moore, author of Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?

About the Author

Ari Meisel has turned his hobby—optimizing productivity—into a popular framework and consulting service for automating and outsourcing life’s tasks. His “Less Doing” philosophy continues to grow in popularity and has become a platform for general efficiency consulting to businesses, entrepreneurs, and everyone else who could use a little more time in their life. He lives on Long Island with his wife, three children, and two dogs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (April 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399168524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399168529
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ari's book goes into detail about how he fought off Crohn's disease and reduced stress in his life by optimizing, organizing, outsourcing many of his mundane day to day tasks. He gives tips on how to get smart cost effective help from people like virtual assistants, low cost task rabbits, and cutting edge applications such as IFTT. We often romanticize the artist or craftsman who does everything for himself, but in reality even the craftsman can benefit from the productivity, organization and optimization that Ari provides in this book. Ari gives tips for the creative artisan who wants to spend more time doing what he loves, or just wants to spend more time with family and friends. Less Doing, More Living takes the powerful idea of specialization to the next level and helps you get your smartphone, cloud computing, or a virtual assistant to do your mundane tasks so you can focus on what's important. I was surprised by many of the suggestions in the book, simply because I haven't even heard of many them yet. Many of Ari's suggestions are free online services that help you stay organized and save money, while cutting back on the clutter. This book is a quick and easy read. If you are looking for an alternative approach to productivity, something other than just -- get more motivated, or try harder -- than I would suggest you give Less Doing, More Living a read.
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I read the book in a couple of days and I was seriously surprised by the fact that all this book is about is how the author uses different tools to work less or to "automate" his life. There was no actual structure let alone plan to help the reader achieve the goal of working less or doing less - just a lot of recommendations and bla bla bla on why this app or that service is so cool.

As apps and services change all the time this book may become obsolete within a few months.

When reading I felt like I was reading a personal blog or a diary talking about the things that work specifically for the author for his life and what he does and not with the reader in mind.

I also didn't like the fact that the book was written specifically for people in the United States so people overseas won't benefit from the different tips in the book.
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I have struggled with this tiny book for over a week, trying to make some sense of it, but it is totally useless. I haven't made it past page 47, Fundamental 2, but it's a teeny-tiny book--115 pages, many of which are blank or whole-page chapter headings. The first 47 pages are filled with references to apps that you should download and learn and use, (and you know the apps will be gone and outdated by the time you go to download them!!) so you can stop having to - what? have appointments? open your own mail? work on spreadsheets?

I will be kind and say the book is useless to me. Since I am in finance, human resources and administration, what this guy is talking about is that people should stop doing administration and get someone else to do that--a circle argument if I ever saw one. What will he do when his virtual assistants get their own virtual assistants and stop helping him? Even more important is his advice to delegate out tasks that should never be handled by anyone other than one's self! Can you imagine having a virtual assistant return your phone calls? "This is the IT department calling you back about the problem you were having with your printer." The virtual assistant in India calls back and says, "Oh, was there a problem with the printer?" and calls you: "Is there a problem with your printer?" and so on.

It just didn't resonate with me. I didn't connect with anything he was talking about. Here's a quote from beyond page 47--he tells us we should set our own work week, and that his "work week" is Tuesday and Wednesday, ten a.m. to four p.m. "It's not that I only work two days a week. I'm working all the time, and I love what I do. I sometimes work seven days a week. I work late at night, any time--if what I'm doing is interesting, it doesn't matter." He natters on like that for several pages, but it just never connects.

All in all, it wasted my time and money.
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This is a cool book. It has a lot of useful tricks about simplifying yourself so that you can spend your free time on the activities that mean the most to you. That said, much of its information - like with respect to how much the internet-suits that the author likes so much costs is wrong. I get the sense that he wrote the book over an extended period of time, and didn't go back to update information. Then again, when you're dealing with the internet, things move so fast that it's somewhat understandable.
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Since climbing aboard the Stephen Covey bandwagon in the 80's, I have used many productivity systems and read stacks of books on the subject.
This is hands-down the most succinct, well-organized, user-friendly guide I have ever used. It has already massively changed the way I work. I have a very busy leadership job and no paid assistant, and I am not a techno-whiz. But I spent a day working through the book, shifting my email from Outlook to Gmail and following Ari's steps, optimizing my inbox, adding the add-ons, and experimenting with virtual assistants. It has made a mind-boggling difference. My learning style is more intuitive than systematic, and I was still able to follow and implement his recommendations. I greatly appreciate that he names the best purveyors and gives you the links.
Eliminating errands - I live in the countryside - this has probably already saved me 10 hours or more in the first week. I may have to give the UPS guy a nice Christmas present, but wow - a full day of my life back.
Thanks for this fantastic resource. I just bought one for my old mentor. He's very excited.
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