Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book Review: The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

From Amazon.com

Product 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.

My Thoughts

A very simple book(go figure). Very short and to the point. One of my goals this past year has been to not get so overwhelmed with multiple project at school(teacher), life, hobbies, and with my family. I have been reading various books to help me learn how to take things, slim them down, and slowly eliminate the unnecessary things in my life and To Do list.

This book has proven to be a great help in helping me establish some patterns and habits. This summer for example I took a break from all school related ideas and just focused on my marathon training. With school starting up again I will have to add school to my daily life, but by working with just one thing I begun to realize the powerful energy of doing less.

I have been drafting my own book and many ideas that I was thinking about including in my own book were brought out in this book. One thing that I started writing about in my early draft of my book was just focusing on one goal and not multiple. This was suggested in this text and it works. I have been working on eliminating email and eliminating the clutter in other aspects of my life.

What is an even greater resource is the blog of Leo. This is another keeper of books. I have compiled several pages of notes from reading and rereading this book that I hope to continue to add to my daily routine.

Well worth taking the time to read to better your life.
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