Summary of The Power of Less

The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

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The Power of Less book summary
You don’t have to live in the fast lane to succeed: how to gain control and be more productive and happy


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The next time you’re sitting at a red light, note how many of the drivers around you are talking on cellphones or text messaging. Do your co-workers scurry about, occasionally pausing to converse, even though they’re clearly preoccupied? Most people seem resigned to living in the fast lane, where stress and multitasking are unavoidable realities. Not Leo Babauta, even though he is the father of six children. Babauta believes you can stop the insanity by simplifying your life. His strategy for restoring order is based on six productivity principles, starting with setting limits, since it’s impossible to do everything. If you examine your core beliefs, values and goals, Babauta says you can begin trimming away things that complicate your life and focus on what’s really important (even if a three-item main project list seems a little short to you). Although the author does not break new ground, getAbstract believes his suggestions and ideas are reassuring and helpful. Plus, it's nice to know that someone has conquered the daily chaos.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why living with limits will improve your life
  • How to do less and still be productive
  • How to focus on what’s really important and get it done


Why Less Is More
Many people focus on time management to beat the hectic pace of modern life. You may think you can fit more into a 24-hour day, but that approach never yields satisfactory results. You inevitably will get overstressed and will spend too much time performing relatively ...
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About the Author

Leo Babauta, the creator of, a widely read blog, lives in Guam with his family. He is the author of Zen to Done.

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