Power-of-Less

The Power of Less by Leo Babauta and My Thoughts

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This is the fourth book in the series Learning Together and Leading Together where we are going through the Personal MBA plan curated by Josh Kaufman.

Josh has been kind enough to write a summary of this book and breaks down the book into 10 points. Here are the points:

  1. Simplicity means identifying what’s essential, then eliminating the rest.
  2. Focusing on the essential produces the most results for the least effort.
  3. You must set limits – they don’t set themselves.
  4. Focus on only one thing at a time.
  5. Limit your active goals and projects to no more than 3-4 at a time.
  6. Establish three Most Important Tasks (MITs) every day, and do those before working on anything else.
  7. Batch similar tasks together to preserve your focus.
  8. Installing positive habits is easiest when you start small, then build on your early success.
  9. Consciously minimize your active commitments, and don’t be afraid to say “no” to new ones.
  10. Slow down, pay attention, and enjoy the process.

When reading through this I kept saying to myself that I must be an idiot. This book truly is the opposite of me when it comes to business. Just take Josh’s point of number 5. Active goals or projects that I am trying to accomplish right now is probably around 30. One of those includes writing this post.

I should learn a lot from this book. The problem is that learning it in my head and putting it into practice in my life is to totally different things. Do I need to slow down? Yes. Do I need to focus on one thing at a time? Yes. Will I do that over the next 3 months. Realistically… Probably not.

I don’t think my problem is saying No. I say no a lot to a lot of people. I think my biggest problem is setting limits. What do you see as your biggest problem concerning this book?

If you want another resource besides this book then I would pick up a book written by my good friend, Jeff Shinabarger. That book is called More or Less. Jeff speaks to the power of generosity when you come to grips with the power of less. It really would be a nice extension to this book. You can find it here:

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