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Ari Meisel

Make Everything in Life Easier

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Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel offers tips and techniques to help readers optimize their productivity, minimize stress, and create more time for the things that matter. It emphasizes the importance of outsourcing, automating, and simplifying tasks in order to achieve more with less effort.

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    Track your life to learn where you can start saving time.

    Do you know about the 80-20 rule? If you don’t, here’s a recap. The 80/20 rule states that 80 percent of what you accomplish results from just 20 percent of all your time and energy. And this rule is the case for pretty much everything you do – this includes your studies, your work, and your exercise routines. 

    As the rule suggests, you should spend most of your focus on this vital 20 percent. But how do you figure out what 20 percent of time and tasks you need to focus on?

    You need to start tracking. By tracking your work and your time, you’ll get a good idea of where it’s being spent well and where it isn’t.

    Now, this sounds great! But who’s got time to live their busy schedule and observe it at the same time? Luckily, there are a few resources which can make tracking your time much easier.

    First, there’s RescueTime. It’s a program that monitors what you’re actually doing on your computer all day. If you use it, you’ll be able to spot which websites or applications are stealing your day away. RescueTime will then help you block access to them. Problem solved!

    RescueTime is a great way to track your productivity. But, what if you want to track your health as well?

    One great way to track your health is to go back to basics with an old-school paper journal. In your journal, record everything you eat during the day. As well as this, you could get your hands on a pedometer or smartwatch to count all the steps you take and you should also make an effort to weigh yourself each day. It might seem like a lot, but the more you know about your health each day, the sooner you’ll be able to improve it. 

    When you’ve tracked your life, and gained an idea of where you’re spending your time wisely and where you’re wasting it, it’s time to optimize it. But how do you do this? How do you craft a daily routine that works? Well, you should think of it as optimizing your processes. For a role model, look to IKEA. Each IKEA product comes with highly optimized instruction manuals for assembling each product, whether it’s a coffee table or geometric lamp. These instructions have been boiled down to their very essence – a few language-independent, easy-to-follow steps. 

    Approach your life like IKEA approaches its manuals. Whatever the task, whether it’s writing emails or organizing meetings, you should minimize the fuss and get it done in as few steps as possible.

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    What is Less Doing, More Living about?

    Less Doing, More Living (2014) guides you through nine fundamental steps on your journey toward becoming more effective. In these blinks, the author shares his favorite tools and techniques for optimizing, automating, and outsourcing everything on that pesky to-do list, thus giving you time for the things that are most important in your life.

    Less Doing, More Living Review

    Less Doing, More Living (2014) by Ari Meisel is a book that offers valuable strategies for optimizing your life and increasing productivity. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides practical techniques and helpful tips that can be implemented immediately, helping you streamline your tasks and free up more time for the things you love.
    • By focusing on the concept of outsourcing and automating, the book empowers readers to delegate tasks and effectively manage their workload, leading to increased efficiency.
    • Meisel's personal experiences and examples bring the content to life, making it relatable and engaging, ensuring that the book is far from boring.

    Who should read Less Doing, More Living?

    • Anyone who feels like they’re losing time
    • Personal trainers
    • People who want to lead a happier lifestyle

    About the Author

    Ari Meisel is an author and entrepreneur. He advises businesses, leaders, and others on how to add value to both their endeavors and lives by employing effective time-management strategies.

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    The main message of Less Doing, More Living is to streamline your life and optimize your productivity to create more time for what truly matters.

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    Less Doing, More Living is a valuable read for anyone looking to optimize their productivity and lead a more fulfilling life. It offers practical strategies and insights to transform your approach to work and life.

    Who is the author of Less Doing, More Living?

    The author of Less Doing, More Living is Ari Meisel.

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