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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 by Leo Babauta
Synopsis

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 work effectively, limit yourself to the essential.

In today’s world, all of us do, consume and produce more than ever before. Day after day, we’re bombarded with information and receive dozens, even hundreds, of emails and phone calls prompting us to do something.

Many of us use our energy to take care of everything and be everywhere without differentiating between the essential and the inessential. Productivity techniques are designed to help us take care of as much of everything as possible every day.

But having a lot to do isn’t the same as actually getting a lot done. Most of the time, people who have a lot to do end up doing a lot of unimportant, unnecessary things.

In order to stop that from happening, we have to set limits for ourselves and force ourselves to focus on the essential things.

And by limiting ourselves to the essential, we manage to achieve the greatest impact with the least amount of effort.

People who limit themselves learn to concentrate on what’s truly important to them in all areas of life. By consciously tackling fewer things in a day, they can do a good job of taking care of what’s truly important. Because limiting our focus to our most important projects – as opposed to working on 20 projects at once – will enable us to finish these few projects quickly and successfully.

Deliberately limiting ourselves forces us to work effectively on the things that will really help us move forward.

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