The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

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I have returned from Phoenix and am at home in London which, at the moment, is not very sunny. I will be sharing with you the book “The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta, of which I wrote the preface.

Leo Babauta is the author of the English-speaking blog “Zen Habits”; which I translate into French under the name “Habitudes Zen”.

I translate Leo’s work and I wrote the preface to his book “The Power of Less” in French; because I am a big fan of his work, and he has helped me out a lot.

What will The Power of Less offer you?

The Power of Less

If you sometimes or often feel stressed out, overwhelmed by the number of activities you have, the number of demands you have, the number of things you have to do in a day that you can’t seem to fit in; if you would like every now and then to have some time to yourself, just to be able to enjoy life in peace without never-ending interruptions, never-ending stress, a never-ending to-do list, this book is for you.

It’s short and easy to read. Some people can read it in an hour, maybe two, including the preface.

It just offers you very simple, very concrete things for having more calm and serenity in your life. It explains how to declutter your life. This is really the major theme of the book The Power of Less.

How to declutter your life? How to declutter your environment, the space in which you will live? And how to declutter your agenda? How to declutter your mind to be more serene, happier, calmer; and be able to enjoy life more rather than to let it slip through your fingers?

If you look at the table of contents, the word that comes up most often is “Simplify”: simplify your task, simplify the management of your time, simplify email, simplify the Internet, simplify archiving, simplify your obligations.

You are really in a book that has a focus on minimalism. Basically, this philosophy says, there’s no point in being productive at something that you hate or that doesn’t bring you anything, or that will just add stress to your life. The first thing for being productive and serene is to eliminate everything superfluous.

The Power of Less is really great for helping you spot what is superfluous in your life and focus more on what is essential. This is one of the inspirations that led me, when I moved to London; to get rid of 95% of my stuff.

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