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Most people feel as if they don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done. Productivity expert Ari Meisel offers practical suggestions about how to better use the time you do have, work more effectively and live more efficiently. He earned his knowledge the hard way, developing his system through “a process of data collection, self-tracking and analysis” on the road to beating Crohn’s disease and becoming a triathlete. Now, he offers tested advice as he guides you to worthwhile online tools – some free – for saving time and being more productive. Meisel unfortunately shares impractical ideas along with the gems. His suggestion to spend 80% of your energies on “rest and self-improvement” doesn’t exactly help a tired parent who’s working two jobs. And his assertion that as a young man he worked “on construction sites 18 to 20 hours a day” rings untrue to anyone who has worked in construction and knows that even half that time is about the physical limit, even for a strong person. Despite a few gaffs like these, many of Meisel’s methods are sound and easy to apply, and his attitude is in the right place. getAbstract recommends his approach to anyone who is pressed for time.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to reduce the stress in your life; and
  • How to put the nine principles of the “Less Doing, More Living” philosophy to work.

About the Author

Ari Meisel is an author, speaker, consultant and coach.



The “Less Doing” Philosophy
To eliminate stress, preserve your time so you can spend it more efficiently on the people and activities that matter most to you. Begin by “optimizing, automating and outsourcing” your professional and personal tasks. Using this approach, you can save tiny ...

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