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The Power of Less Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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      Breian Melbourne, Australia 12-20-11
      Breian Melbourne, Australia 12-20-11
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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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      Trish GRESHAM, OR, US 06-14-17
      Trish GRESHAM, OR, US 06-14-17 Member Since 2015
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      "might be useful for some."

      Nothing new here for me. Repeats in some locations that seem unnecessary. if you are new to books on efficiency you might find some useful items.

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      Philip Williams 05-26-17
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      "Everything you need is in the first 20 minutes- after that the entire book can be summed up by "Scope Creep""

      What a waste of time... the concept of setting goals and managing your priorities are good and appropriate. Unfortunately, the author loses sight of the purpose of his book by becoming a personal trainer (which he obviously isn't), telling you how to manage your work projects (tell your boss that you're only able to work on 3 projects at a time), etc.

      I understand the point of this book - also that it isn't meant to be taken literally at every point. However, it would appear that the author had an idea and then didn't want to make it a 30 minute audio book.

      Nothing you can't find anywhere else on the interwebs...

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      A. Brito RI, USA 02-18-17
      A. Brito RI, USA 02-18-17 Member Since 2017
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      "Rave Reviews from a family therapist"

      I loved listening to this book. I'm a family therapist and I will not only use some of the suggestions in my personal life but also with my clients. People struggle often when they have so many things to work on but this gives me a different perspective and I will start using this approach with them as well.

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      Atma Khalsa 02-03-17
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      "Great and informative"

      The book has a lot of specific detail and advice, which is both helpful and charming at times. At first, the narrator sounds a bit movie-commercial-like, but you get used to it; personally, I grew to like it. Listened on 1.25-1.5x and it helped. Overall good book.

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      Picky Shopper 01-29-17 Member Since 2014
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      "Spot on advice for increasing productivity"

      Having been in a slump for a few weeks, I was looking for a motivational read. This book was just the ticket in that it offers ideas on how to control your time, chart/plan big projects and tackle the basics like decluttering and exercising that will make you feel better. A bonus is how he pointed out what steals our time and how to avoid mindlessly losing hours or days to unproductive activities. Really enjoyed this book.

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      Andre Dick Miami, Florida United States 01-17-17
      Andre Dick Miami, Florida United States 01-17-17 Member Since 2014
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      "Good, a bit unoriginal"

      The ideas and advice are mostly solid, but Getting Things Done advocates would recognize many similar concepts. This doesn't diminish the message, it's quite succinct and is easier to internalize the methodology.
      Without spoiling the listen, the final chapters don't have the same clarity and sharpness that the initial chapters do, but overall... a useful contribution to order, peace and sanity in today's world!

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      Zebedee 05-08-16
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      "Good, but repetitive in a good way."

      The Power of Less is one part minimalism and one part mindfulness. The repetition is effective and key to teaching the material, which is easy to read (listen to) but much harder to put into practice. The repetition may put off some readers, but it's by design and well intended by the author. I recommend you actively listen and take notes to get the most out of The Power of Less.

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      Steve Senatori 10-28-15 Member Since 2014
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      "This book got progressively better chapter by chapter; I plan to listen to it again"

      I though I understood this subject throughly already. Leo proved me wrong again. Thanks Leo. Hope to meet some day. -s.

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      Kevin 07-20-15
      Kevin 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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      "More of a self-help book..."
      Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

      I'm afraid this reads more like a series of self-help pieces done in a zen style.

      If that's what you're after, it's good for you. I'm afraid I was expecting a bit more than a self-help plan for various complaints. For example, I wasn't looking for an exercise or weight-loss plan, so those chapter were rather lost on me. Instead of the concept of "less" you get a "minimalist" get fit plan. Not quite what I was expecting.


      Any additional comments?

      The audio quality of this production could be better, too much bass resulting in a "cotton wool" type audio that's lightly muffled.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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