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The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential | [Leo Babauta]

The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

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
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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.

    ©2008 Leo Babauta; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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      Fran Portland, OR, United States 04-14-14
      Fran Portland, OR, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2015

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      "Completely unoriginal"

      I always like a pep talk, so I knew going in that some of the material in "The Power of Less" would be familiar. But I wasn't prepared for Babauta's "gee-whiz, look what I discovered about myself" naiveté. It's like he's the first person EVER to notice the power of living in the present. His insights were so banal as to be useless. I already know multitasking is a myth. I've already streamlined my life. Of course organization is important. I couldn't finish listening to this book, sorry.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      marie Wapella, SK, Canada 02-26-15
      marie Wapella, SK, Canada 02-26-15 Member Since 2012
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      "A plan"

      This is a good book to motivate me to get into gear! Good tips and practiblle.
      I liked it and will listen again at a later date when I need to get motivated

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Janet 08-26-14
      Janet 08-26-14
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      "WONDERFUL"
      Where does The Power of Less rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      Top of the hill ~!~


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      The list of ideas he gives


      What does Fred Stella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      He reads faster then I do with expression. It's nice to have someone read to me...I fall asleep when I read a book. I can sit on the computer and listen and get work done also.


      What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

      Oh where do I start...the habits, focusing, etc. Leo takes the pressure off and gives power to change where you are with what you can handle.


      Any additional comments?

      This book is simply life changing ~!!!~

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Kyle 06-18-14
      Kyle 06-18-14

      "One can never be overdressed or overeducated" Oscar Wilde

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      "Poorly Done. Very Gimmicky."
      Would you try another book from Leo Babauta and/or Fred Stella?

      Not if I can help it. The content was very subjective and lacked substance.


      Has The Power of Less turned you off from other books in this genre?

      I like books that help to reflect upon, or better scrutinize, life habits and developed personal mentalities, but this failed to truly do either of those for me.


      How could the performance have been better?

      If there were more substantiation of the content beyond personal testimony or unreferenced others who were successful, it would have been more compelling.


      What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

      Disappointment. What seemed to have reasonable potentially really failed to unearth anything worth sharing.


      Any additional comments?

      Save yourself the time and money and don't get this book.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      michael philadelphia, pa, United States 02-14-14
      michael philadelphia, pa, United States 02-14-14
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      What disappointed you about The Power of Less?

      Narration... sounds computer generated.
      This is a passionate personal subject...personal growth, self improvement, inspirational story. It comes across very very flat. If I had read the book instead I think i would have had an entirely different experience.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      n/a


      How could the performance have been better?

      Perhaps the author should have read his own story.


      What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

      Pain and boredom. Like i was listening to the most boring lecture.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-16-14
      Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2013
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      "Not bad, just not great"

      The Power of Less is a good book for limiting tasks and controlling time management. It is not a good guide for controlling clutter.

      The author spends a lot of time discussing ways to limit email and other electronic "interruptions". He also gives some good advice about controlling your attention span with mindfulness. If you're looking for a decent book about how to organize your time, particularly at work, then this book may have some good ideas for you. I felt that the title misadvertised the book as a guide to reducing clutter, so maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it as much.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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