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The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential.in Business and in Life Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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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.)
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About the Author
Leo Babauta has been a reporter, editor, speechwriter, and freelance writer for the last 17 years. He founded ZenHabits.net with no funding in January 2007, and one year later it is a top 50 blog with about a million unique visitors per month. Using the methods he shars in THE POWER OF LESS over the last two years, he's trained and successfully completed a marathon, he's doubled his income, he's eliminated his debt, he's quit smoking, and he's written a novel.
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I never thought of the simple, yet totally logical, idea of getting more done by pursuing less goals at once. I combined this system with David Allen's Getting Things Done and it's been a very thorough, sustainable method. I use Getting Things Done to put all my aims out of my head and onto paper, but use Power of Less to make sure I only chase no more than three goals at a time. Everything else I put on my Someday/Maybe list.
What I have not seen said, however, is the main point of this book: **Living with less will make you a happier person.**
While Leo goes into great details about how to live with less, why it is good, how it can help, etc., the main point is that you will be happier. Not only by living with less things, but by adjusting your life and your mindset to desire less.
By clearing your life, body, mind, and spirit of all clutter, you can focus on things important to you, and take the time to enjoy your life. This book is not intended to be a `quick fix` for life, instead it should be read as a lifestyle guide. The principles outlined in the book are best applied slowly, one at a time, over long periods of time, in order to build long lasting habits and practices.
This book has profoundly changed my life, and I can do nothing but recommend it. If you're looking for an excellent eye-opening book on minimalism, read this one!
This book has saved me so much money. Helped me with the daily, monthly and annual planning. Realizing how I can limit my spending and suppress my desire for material things.
1) We all know that we should be doing the simplest most effective task at a particular time, but Leo's words helped motivate me to do what I already know I should be doing in this regard.
2) His approach on goal setting is a good reminder to set goals at sensible intervals. David Allen goes into this as well, but Babauta puts a slightly different spin on it and in a way that got me motivated to re-evaluate the granularity of my own goal setting all the way down to the "task" level.
3) Writing this review is not really the most important thing I should be working on right now, so back to the grind for me.
Short and to the point (as you would expect from someone espousing minimalism)
You will read this and think two things at the same time:
1 - Yeah this is common sense
2 - Why am I not doing this?
The principles and philosophy in this book have the potential to enrich your life.