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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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      Dany Petach TikvaIsrael 04-13-10
      Dany Petach TikvaIsrael 04-13-10
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      "I enjoyed it very much"

      I have enjoyed all the chapters.The book is comprehesive and all the techniques are very practical if you feel overwhelmed in your life.The advice how to de-clutter your office and home and how to organize your email are helpful and effective.I was surprised by the advice how to stay motivated and achieve your goals-the list compiled here contains some special items and is very compresive.I loved also the performance by Fred Stella.I recommend warmly! It can change your life!

      17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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      G WINDERMERE, FL, United States 09-29-10
      G WINDERMERE, FL, United States 09-29-10
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      "Worth having"

      I was already familiar with some of the concepts written by Leo Babauta, but in this audiobook the ideas are presented in a larger context. It's a refreshing book and addresses many situations that are familiar to anyone trying to get things done. The book will pay for itself manyfold when you act on its recommendations.

      11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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      James Sping Hill, TN, USA 03-08-10
      James Sping Hill, TN, USA 03-08-10
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      "Great material does not make a good audiobook."

      The material is great, but the production for this is lacking - making me wonder if its even the type of thing that should be an audiobook. i found that the speaker/audio editor/whomever of this did not allow enough space between things to really allow a separation of content. the idea of different sections, chapter, and parts are not effectively communicated through effective use of pauses or emphasis. it all flows together too much and interferes with concentration on what is being said. i found that to be such a problem that i went ahead purchased the kindle for pc version so i could process this more efficiently. its a short book and i feel that the material is best presented that way. one way or another check out the material because its great, but you have been forewarned...

      26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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      donna United States 04-30-12
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      "Less is more. Simple Life"
      What made the experience of listening to The Power of Less the most enjoyable?

      Understanding that less is better. We buy so much and waste so much money, energy on things we don't need.


      What did you like best about this story?

      Understanding that we can live with less and that by doing so we get rid of a lot of stress it causes.


      Have you listened to any of Fred Stella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

      No.


      Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

      I did then listened again.


      Any additional comments?

      We should all do this. Live with less. Be more in present and use what we need and not waste so much.

      4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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      Ruthanne Fairfield, NJ, United States 01-31-12
      Ruthanne Fairfield, NJ, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2010
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      "Really Helpful"
      What did you love best about The Power of Less?

      Great for time management, stuff management and life management. Very straightforward and to the point (as a book so titled should be!). Detailed steps for how to get from here to there.


      4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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      Igor Chisinau, Moldova, Republic of 04-04-11
      Igor Chisinau, Moldova, Republic of 04-04-11 Member Since 2010

      I love. I pray. I brew. I code

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      "Dear Leo, thank you for this book!"

      Dear Leo, I love this book and your blog. Thank you.
      If you feel overwhelmed by tasks, work, or if you're just curious how doing less actually means doing more, definitely check this book out.

      3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Lucas Rockwood Koh Samui, Thailand 09-05-10
      Lucas Rockwood Koh Samui, Thailand 09-05-10
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      "Could be an Essay"

      Like 90% of non-fiction these days, a simple essay would deliver the same idea just as effectively as an entire book. Same here... great ideas, but no need for a book. 1 to 2 chapters could have done it.

      18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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      Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-26-14
      Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2008

      caffeinated

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      "A series of blog posts does not a book make."

      Listy, redundant and padded with common-sense that is more common than sensible, this book falls flat. Sure, there are some good ideas here, and some solid advice. But the good is overshadowed by the bad editing and lack of any kind of narrative. Mr. Babuta would have done better to cite some other experts on the subject while delivering some real-world examples and success stories. Instead, what we get is a lot of his own opinions base on his own experiences, many of which contradict one another. Perhaps most aggravating of all is the fact that the author spends only a little time supporting the title's premise and then goes off on tangents of dieting advice and decluttering one's desk.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Breian Melbourne, Australia 12-20-11
      Breian Melbourne, Australia 12-20-11 Member Since 2011
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      "Excellent philosophy"

      If you ever feel out of control in your life, this will help you take back that control. Busy life does not have to be stressful. If you follow the philosophy of this book, it will make sure that you don't crash and burnt through your busy life.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Yetanotherguy Damnyankee, Mass USA 01-26-14
      Yetanotherguy Damnyankee, Mass USA 01-26-14 Member Since 2012
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      "A fair review I think"
      Would you try another book from Leo Babauta and/or Fred Stella?

      The narration was okay - it was the material I had problems with.


      Any additional comments?

      I could never give anyone a 1 star review - a person gets 2 stars in my book just for getting up in the morning and earns three for attempting something like writing a book.The book's recommendations can be summed up in a short phrase "Reduce the things you do to 3 things", which I have done for years - but primarily because it was intuitive that much more than this would dilute my effort. As someone who's been a practicing Buddhist for about 20 years, much of what the author was offering was basically some really simple Buddhist practice. I won't fault the author for that as a large amount of self improvement books are basically Buddhist practices without crediting the source, but the author lacked much understanding into the depth of it - or at least failed to communicate it - and in my opinion on some subtle points was just wrong. All in all, I try to give every book a fair shot - and listen to them all the way through and try to do it without passing judgement - often some great dharma presents itself after hours of filler - but this was so painful I just couldn't wait for it to end and alas left me with unfulfilled hopes. If you are of similar experience to me in Buddhism or meditative practices - keep walking - make the author happy by not leaving reviews like this - and press on to find more useful material. If not, maybe you will find the material not so simplistic and obvious.

      4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      "The first thing to cut out is this book."

      I have very much enjoyed Leo's blog about minimalism, and I too live a minimalistic life. I like the message. I think people should hear it. But not through this book. This book is too thin on the research behind minimalism, leaving the reader questioning the authenticity of the author. These are just one person's private views rather than researched material. Sorry. Try harder next time.

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