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The Power of Less (book review)

The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...in Business and in Life. This book had been on my to-read shelf for a long time. I started reading Leo Babauta's blog a few years ago, stopped and then recently started again with my new fascination with minimalism. The book promotes to "Do less. Get more done" and I do see the effects of that but the book didn't resonate with me for two reasons.

First, I've read a lot of the content directly from Babauta's blog and it wasn't fresh for me. Often with authors who write a blog then a book you'll see a lot of the book riffing off the blog (sometimes this can be done well like @jfm's, A Day in the Life of a Minimalist) and Babauta's book didn't seem to have the same benefit of translation from one medium to another.

Second, I've already done a lot of what Babauta suggests so the impact of the changes wasn't there. I've scaled back checking email and simplified my phone among other things. That said there were some good parts in a book where things are chunked nicely together. If this book sounds interesting then check it out because there are areas (work, life, email, routines, time management) Babauta focuses on which do contain good tips.

The book begins with a reason for less.

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