The Power Of Less by Leo Babauta

The Power Of Less

With the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it's amazing that were 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 m...

Details The Power Of Less

TitleThe Power Of Less
Release DateJan 1st, 2009
PublisherHachette Books
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Productivity, Business, Personal Development

Reviews The Power Of Less

  • Sharon
    This book can change your life. It did mine before I was finished reading it, and that was totally unexpected by me. I thought the book was about paring down the material things in life, but it's only marginally about that. It's about finding what's important and essential in your life and getting back control and personal time to do the things you love. The book is easy to read and could be a fast read, but I suggest you take your time. Try out ...
  • Anna Bearne
    I have some problems with this book. The general principles seem pretty straightforward, but as you read deeper into it, you become confused. 'Pick one...', 'pick five...', 'make a list of three...', 'just one at the time', 'single task - when you showering or driving don't think about anything else', vs. 'use your driving time to think about...', 'write down' vs. 'go paperless' etc. It's all simple and useful, but for a book on setting limitatio...
  • Andy
    Although it is ridiculous on the face of it to take advice on how to simplify your life from a man who has fathered six children, this audiobook resonated with me right now and I've already implemented at least one thing from it this week that has been helpful. There's nothing new here. So what's the value added? First of all, it's just refreshing that the author doesn't make false claims about bringing us some amazing new science of whatever. Se...
  • Mike Gibbs
    While this was a pleasant and easy read, Babauta's approach to personal productivity is a little impractical for normal people. Much of his advice regarding the workplace requires a high degree of autonomy to implement. Additionally, much of his advice regarding the workplace will seem very familiar to those of you who have read anything by David Allen. Every page or two you encounter concepts like project lists, tickler files, one-way inboxes, b...
  • Fani *loves angst*
    3 starsI read a few books about minimalism lately, because truth is I tend to be both a hoarder and excessive buyer, habits I need to stop as they're wrecking havoc with my nerves every time I open my closet, as well as my finances. This book however is mainly about living with less commitments and not less stuff (even though cleaning your clutter is mentioned briefly). And of those commitments, two kinds are discussed in length: work commitments...
  • Nathan
    I read it in less than a week, and I loved every sentence of it. If you want something, get it. If you want everything get it all, just one thing at a time. Live in the moment, whatever you're doing, do that, and only that. Slow down, and be happy.
  • Manik Sukoco
    Since there are many other (excellent) reviews for this book, I won't repeat what has already been said more than this: this is a great book that explains how effective and powerful minimalism can be in your life.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 t...
  • Kimber
    A mindful approach to effectively simplifying your life. He has enough tips and ideas for just about anybody. This is about slowing down, yet getting more done by only focusing on the most essential things in your life. We can't do everything but we can do what we need to do in a calm state of mind, not a hectic one....I have already applied his ideas to my life and gotten more done by simplifying--even on the job I slowed down and yet got more d...
  • Ryan
    Leo Babauta writes: "There has never before been an age in which we could get so much done so quickly. There also has never before been an age in which we were so overwhelmed with information and tasks, so overloaded with e-mails and things to read and watch, so stressed by the incredible demands of our lives."For many people these days, work is a constant stream of e-mails, of news and requests, of phone calls and instant messages, of papers and...
  • Mark Hollingsworth
    This book takes the premise that we are so wrapped up in being busy (because being busy is the new status that everybody seeks, "I work ergo I have status") that we are in fact far less productive than we actually believe.The author tells a compelling personal story of how he de-cluttered and minimalized his own life and as a result became physically fitter, lost weight, gave up smoking, paid off his debt, and built financial security. The bulk o...
  • Jeff Yoak
    I've looked for some time for a good secular book that looks into notions of things like meditation, mindfulness and such without all the mysticism. This book is squarely non-mystical and glances that target. Unfortunately, I couldn't get all of the value out of the audiobook as much of what I think will be valuable are exercises to be written down and done, practices to include in 10k, 30k and 40k gtd reviews and other things that you can't simp...
  • Willian Molinari
    It's a good book. It's repetitive and a bit outdated (I heard Google reader somewhere) but all the hints here are still valid.To summarize: focus is everything. Chose something you want to do and do it. Remove everything else that's not moving you toward your priorities and do what you have to do. He lists some actionables that can help you on this journey, but there's no miracle here (as expected), you just have to focus and get things done.For ...
  • Lyle
    Leo addresses many important issues in improving your life, such as the power of habit, and how one should make only small changes at a time.I read this book already sold on becoming a minimalist, and wanted some practical advice. I like Leo's writing style - very friendly and helpful, and shows the wisdom of experience.However, despite his emphasis on making small changes, it isn't clear how to get started with his program. Each chapter gives a ...
  • Caitlin
    I think this one is really worth 3 1/2 stars, but of course that's not an option here. It's not a bad book, it's just that I think there are better and more practical productivity books out there. I think it's most effective when read as an addition to more rigorous, perhaps method-based productivity books, or if, in spite of having a system, things are still overwhelming you.It has it's good parts - Babauta makes good points about slowing down l...
  • Alissa Thorne
    This book espouses a philosophy that I acknowledge the wisdom of: focus your attention on the things that really matter, in part by cutting the things that matter less. There were some solid chapters with good material--one that summed up a lot of the most valuable aspects of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and another chapter or on forming or changing habits. That being said, I didn't feel as though I walked away with t...
  • Bill
    As always with this type of book, there are a few good ideas that I'll try, and quite a few more that make me scratch my head and ask, "who could get away with this?"I certainly want to simplify and focus in the new year (2016) and probably the major idea I like from this book is that of choosing the three most important things I want to accomplish at the very start of the day. My job revolves around a lot of interruptions, changes, and new tasks...
  • Mary
    A typical pep-talk exhortation--nothing wrong with it, but not much new, either. Doesn't solve the problem of motivation, but then, who has solved that?One suggestion about dealing with communication on one's own schedule--how about the folks on the other end?Read this for a library book group--otherwise wouldn't have finished it.
  • Donna Smallin Kuper
    I read this book for my Personal Development book club and honestly, didn't learn a whole lot of anything new as someone who has been on a mission to simplify my life and the lives of others. Still, the book is very well-written and served as a reminder to determine and then focus on priorities and let go of the rest.
  • Stella
    There was nothing new here for me, however, i read a lot of books on this subject, so it wouldn't be fair to blame the book for it.There is a lot of useful advice here for sure.
  • LynnDee (The Library Lush)
    The author was extremely repetitive but he had a lot of good points and tips that I am willing to try.
  • Cara
    Ironically, a book about simplicity and "limiting yourself to the essential" has become the eighth addition to my currently-reading list! But I know other people have holds on it, so I only have two weeks to read it before it has to go back to the library.I read Leo Babauta's Zen Habits blog ( all the time, and find it challenging and inspiring. Interestingly, earlier this year I was reading Ten Natural Laws of Success and T...
  • Lacey Louwagie
    It's sort of ironic that my main criticism of this book is that it could have been a little shorter.Still, it IS a very helpful book in producing more productive habits, and I've been more productive since reading it and applying some of its techniques in my life. Leo Babauta's premise, that by trying to do too much, we actually accomplish less, is completely sound. His admonition to focus in a world full of distractions and multi-tasking is defi...
  • Bonnie
    This book was very obvious. While I picked up one or two good tips, the overall message was pretty common sense.
  • Meaningless
    Tired of Cliched self-help books... I think i should write an Anti-Self help book
  • Debra
    OK, so I have to admit that when I first picked this up I thought this would be more about minimalism and having less in the home but this turned out to be a book about breaking down your tasks (taking in less) and being more productive, which wasn't a bad thing as I was definitely interested in learning more about this too. What I liked about this book was that there was not a lot of 'fluff'. When I say fluff, I mean using long words that you ha...
  • Diana Sung
    I'm a big fan of ZenHabits, Babauta's website. The suggestions and content in this book were very helpful. However, I felt that the structure was a bit all over the place for my tastes. He seemed to vacillate between optimizing your life through less and work-specific habits. But then he kinda wandered into exercise, which didn't ring true to his usual brand. It's still useful, and I have been employing many of the suggestions he makes about focu...
  • Alex F├╝rstenau
    All in all a good and valuable read. I like the mantra of less because it can help in many areas (as he points out in the book). It's somewhat repetitive and you will know quite a lot if you are familiar with minimalism.
  • Anne Egros
    I used both the book and the audio book and it really helps to be more productive.The tools and processes are simple, yet it takes practice to adopt them but it is really changing lives.
  • Ashley
    I waited a bit to write this review, to try the stuff out and see how it worked for me. This is one I will end up checking out over and over, and maybe eventually buying. He has some good ideas about lowering the stress in your life and not being overwhelmed by it all. This is a big problem for me, and as I've tried some of his suggestions, I have noticed a difference (for good) in my stress level. I'm a big "list" person and find myself being re...