I recently finished the unabridged audio book edition of “The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta. Babauta is the author of the Zen Habits blog and two successful eBooks. If you’re not familiar with his work, “The Power of Less” (which I will refer to as TPOL for the remainder of this review) is a nice introduction to what Babauta normally covers on his blog. The book stemmed from many folks asking him to put his blog posts together into a book.
TPOL is a guide to living a simple, organized, and less stressful life. In the first part of the book, Babauta explains his “Six Principles” for implementing change in your life. These principles are: Set Limitations, Choose the Essential, Simplify, Focus, Create Habits, and Start Small. The remainder of the book explains these principles within the context of real life examples of life change. Along the way, Babauta shares his ideas for setting and reaching goals, removing clutter from your living space, and beginning a new diet and exercise program the sensible way. In all, the audio book version of TPOL took a bit more than four hours to listen to which isn’t that long. I was able to finish the book within a few days during my regular workouts.
The thing I liked best about TPOL (and Babauta’s writing in general) is that he gives you doable steps to implement what he’s talking about. Some of his ideas in this book were duplicated from his eBooks so I had some familiarity with his direction for each chapter. Still, there was plenty of new information here for me to consider and I think if you’re looking for a way to begin the process of cutting the busy “noise” out of your life, you’ll like TOPL.
The video above is one that Babauta put together nearly 18 months ago when the book was in its very early development stages. It will give you a brief idea of what you can expect when you pick this one up at the bookstore of your local library. Overall, I give this book a solid recommendation for all who are seeking real life change and improvement.