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.
1. Identify the essential.
2. Eliminate the rest.
The book draws from these two ideas, and it makes sense that a book about less would be based on such a simple premise.
Instead of a chapter by chapter summary which I've done for other books and feels boring to write (and probably to read) I'll include my favorite quotes instead.
On setting limits.
Our problem is living without limits. It's like going shopping without spending limits - you tend to go overboard and end up with a bunch of stuff you don't need or really want much. But if you have a budget (say one hundred dollars), you'll choose only the things that matter, and you'll end up with much less junk.
A quote from Emerson
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
Start small. Follow this principle with everything you do: with any goal, with any habit changes, with any change in your life.
Not much jumped out at me from this book but not much of it was novel. My principle pull away from the book is to regularly focus on the essential and eliminate the rest. Areas I need to do this are my reading and writing, what I want my kids to learn, my relationship with my wife, and any new ventures I begin.