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The Power of Less

The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential ... in Business and in Life

By Leo Babauta
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The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential ... in Business and in Life by Leo Babauta

The Power of Less introduces Leo Babauta’s ideal of productive minimalism. His approach focuses mainly on the development of good habits as the key to long-term changes.

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If you want to concentrate on what’s necessary, get your priorities straight.

If you want to concentrate on the essential, you have to figure out exactly what things are essential to you. As soon as you know what you find indispensable, you can begin to get rid of all the things in your life that are superfluous.

How can you tell what’s essential? By judging how things change your life and whether they match up with your long-term goals. When doing so, it’s helpful to ask yourself the right questions, for example:

  • What are my values and goals?
  • What’s important to me? What do I love?
  • What has the biggest influence on my life?
  • What things have the biggest influence in the long term?
  • What do I really need? What are just desires?

In order to become clear about these things, make a habit of taking the time to take a step back and observe your life from the outside.

That goes for all areas of life. You can also ask yourself:

  • What are my main goals?
  • Which of my obligations are really essential?
  • Which of my projects match up with my long-term goals?
  • How much email do I really need in my life?
  • What possessions do I really need?

If you know your priorities, you can judge how important all your tasks, projects and other obligations really are. It’s worth investing time to gain a clear idea about these important questions.

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