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Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier Paperback – April 3, 2014
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“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it is a real source of inspiration for rethinking our ideas about productivity in a way that is far removed from the outdated norms inherited from industrialism."
“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?
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read a lot of books of this kind, and Ari Meisel does a good job of explaining the value of greater personal automation and suggesting tools. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Hsu
A book about how to maximize your time and life. My wife found it fascinating and made me wait till she was done with it. No fluff in this book but true actionable itemsPublished 6 months ago by Sabu
I found this book to be very informative, enjoyable and fun. Ari does a great job of simplifying life's daily complications. Quick read but full of detail!Published 6 months ago by Scott Danner
I have read many productivity books but this is by far my favorite. Its an easy read and packed with lots of unique, practical tips and approaches to make life easier. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MsScarlett
Amazing how just a few small changes can add so much productivity. This book is all you need. It gives you everything you need to become incredibly efficient, more productive and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Campbell
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I first listened to it as an audiobook and realized I needed to write down too many of the websites so then bought it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leo
Ari Meisel provides a hands-on guide that teaches you how to simplify your life. Simplify things be streamlining your tasks, so you can focus on doing the important things.Published 8 months ago by TommyBrooklyn
Great information, but most of the online tools are fee-based.Published 9 months ago by Anthony S. Wallace
This was a great book--and the entire philosophy of Less Doing is spot-on for this day and age.
I've learned a lot, and just the tools from Chapter One were more than... Read more