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.
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:
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:
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.