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The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Business and in Life [Kindle Edition]

Leo Babauta
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Book Description

With the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it's amazing that we?re ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary ? freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.

The Power of Less will show you how to:

- Break any goal down into manageable tasks
- Focus on only a few tasks at a time
- Create new and productive habits
- Hone your focus
- Increase your efficiency

By setting limits for yourself and making the most of the resources you already have, you?ll finally be able work less, work smarter, and focus on living the life that you deserve.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

According to Babauta (Zen to Done), employing the power of less will propel readers from chaos to blissful and productive minimalism. Learning to set limitations, such as penning a three-item Most Important Task list every day and restricting e-mails to five lines, is a cornerstone for the authors plan for increased simplicity and satisfaction. With new boundaries in place, readers can discover flow, become wholly absorbed in tasks and live the paradox of doing less and achieving more. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Certainly one of the best and most practical books of its kind. The Scientific & Medical Network Review Just the thing when you're feeling overwhelmed, his strategies for organising stuff (email, admin, life generally) are easy to follow. Red Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401309704
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (December 24, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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236 of 246 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to have more with the Power of Less January 4, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My copy of Leo Babauta's new book, Power of Less, The: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Business and in Life, arrived Friday evening, and by late Friday I'd read it cover to cover. Now, on Sunday, I'm starting it again. It may be about "less", but is contains more than my brain could take in with a single read.

Leo, the owner of the wildly popular ZenHabits blog, has written one of those classics that apply to both our business and personal lives. In brief, The Power of Less is a treatise on the small steps (see my blog post on the Kaizen way) we can take to simplify our lives and in the doing find far more joy and success than all of our manic behavior could produce.

The book begins with Leo's own story of being an debt, overweight, smoking, workaholic who rarely saw his family. His life was chaotic and he never had time for the things and people he loves. (Sound familiar?) Then, he made the choice to simplify his life in small continuous ways; first he quit smoking by focusing all of his energy on that one goal.

Then, he attacked other goals, one at a time, like becoming a runner, eating healthier, starting a successful blog, and getting out of debt.

One by one the goals were met (and exceeded). Leo has run two marathons, has doubled his income, became a vegetarian, decluttered his home, lost 45 pounds, and spends quality time with his family. Today, Leo's blog is one of the top 50 blogs in the world, with more than two million readers a month. If that doesn't make you want to adopt his principles, nothing will!
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147 of 156 people found the following review helpful
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I love the Zen Habits blog and really connect with Leo's simple message of cutting the clutter and living a simpler life in order to do and achieve the things that are of real value, so I got a lot out of this book's simple reminders and encouragement.

I didn't like it in audio format, though, which I explain in my video review, so while the content deserves five stars, the robotic, slick narrator and the way the format of the book worked with being read aloud brought the star rating down.

One other minor quibble was that Leo mentioned "previous posts" and "later posts" in his book a lot. Some of the content was obviously written for a blog format and it wasn't edited vigorously enough to catch these mistakes.

Other than that, though, the content is exactly what I expected from reading Leo's blog and I enjoyed the book a lot. It's a good kick in the rear if you need help getting fired up to achieve your goals through simplicity.
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278 of 303 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is great -- but zen habits is great AND free January 3, 2009
By Dan S
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First, let me say this: The content in this book is worth 5 stars. Leo is the absolute best at making anyone realize what is important in the world, and act on it. If you've had it with other self-empowerment books, the kind that use phrases like "thrive off of synergy" and "discover the true version of yourself" and "unlock the millionaire within you" and other absurdities that clog the self-improvement industry of books, then The Power of Less will be an absolute relief. The general mantra is easy to swallow and understand: focus your efforts on one thing and you will be more effective.

The book is simple and direct with little fluff. It's aimed at everyone, not just the big-time business managers and the yuppie type. As a student and writer, I find that 7 Habits and Getting Things Done and the like, while they're great, just don't feel like they're aimed at me. The Power of Less is, though. And it's undiluted greatness. There's no New Age-y stuff in here, nothing really abstract. Just solid, practical approaches to the problems that everyone faces.

Here's the one catch, though: at least 85-90% of the content in this book is fundamentally equivalent to what's been posted on his blog, Zen Habits (zenhabits dot net). Leo's techniques rely on simplicity so much that there are really only so many ways you can spin it.

There are a lot of reasons to buy this book: it goes a little bit deeper in its explanations, it is a great summary and introduction to everything on Leo's site, it supports Leo after all of the hard work he has put in to helping your average Joe like me make his life and his world a little bit better, and it introduces his ideas in a logical order.
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79 of 91 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas but inconsistent August 6, 2009
First, let me say that the BIG ideas in this book - about single-tasking, focusing on completion, not taking on too many projects at once - are simple yet brilliant and very helpful. However, when Babauta gets down to specifics and his "system," things fall apart a bit. Ironically, this philosophy, based on simplicity, gets a bit convoluted, complicated, and at times doesn't seem completely thought-through. For example, the book prescribes that we focus on one habit at a time, focus on one goal at a time, focus on 3 projects a time, and work on only 3 tasks per day. That's a lot of confusion and multi-focus for a single-tasking book. Also, his strategies seem to fit better for someone, like him, who is self-employed and can work how and when he likes. As a teacher, I cannot focus on three projects at any one time, as I have 35 kids on my caseload with a multitude of needs. Not everything fits neatly into "projects" when you are not a free-lance writer. So, all in all, good ideals, not so great strategies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and easy to understand! I realy like this book.
Published 19 days ago by Jose Oscar Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars The best thing (out of a whole book of good things) ...
The best thing (out of a whole book of good things) was the concept of changing through tiny changes. I'm getting ready to start my 6th tiny commitment challenge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynne Hundley
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Published 2 months ago by louard
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful Read with Life Changing Potential
An absolutely excellent read.

Short and to the point (as you would expect from someone espousing minimalism)

You will read this and think two things at the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more!
Very good outline for slowing down but accomplishing more. Great motivation for anyone wanting to take back control of your life.
Published 3 months ago by Jeff Tussey
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for working smarter vs harder
on my 3rd listen, and I've gifted it to 3 people so far, this is something that will give you some clarity and efficiency in life.
Published 3 months ago by DER ICEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply to Amplify
Nothing ground breaking, but a useful approach to life and its opportunities. I did feel at peace reading Leo's disposition.
Published 3 months ago by Dustin Eimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent strategies on getting a grasp on all you want to do!
I immediately started employing some of the strategies outlined in this book and I feel less stressed, but more strategic and purposeful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lani
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings Perspect
This book helps bring perspective to a hectic lifestyle. Simple tips to help eliminate items not necessary and how to tweak others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read - delivery on time.
Published 6 months ago by Thomas Craig
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Leo Babauta is a simplicity author and creator of Zen Habits (, one of the most-read blogs in the world.

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I think the title makes a good point. We fall into the trap of believing that if we are busy we must be doing the right things; we must be successful. But how often are we up to our armpits in alligators and still feel lost, empty and wanting.

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