I just finished reading the Power of Less by Leo Babauta, who is also the creator of the Zen Habits blog. The idea is to maximize productivity while simplifying your life. This is based on the following six principles:
Choose the essential.
By setting limitations, we must choose the essential. So in everything you do set limitations. By choosing the essential, we create great impact with minimal resources. Always choose the essential to maximize your time and energy.
By following the first two principles we are on the path to simplifying and accomplishing more. Every thing else in the book is really just an extension of these two principles. Depending on, where you are in life, each person will get something different out of this book.
What stood out to me, was using my time more wisely and simplifying the clutter in my life. I really like the idea of deciding which goals are actually important, in my life, and then breaking them down to smaller more accomplishable tasks.
In order to get the important things done we need to focus on one task at a time, and do the most important things first. If you want to create a new habit in your life choose one new habit for a thirty day period, make it easy, and measurable, after thirty days you can move on to the next habit.
I also like the concept of breaking difficult tasks into easier, small tasks, that can actually get accomplished. Another tip, I picked up from the book was to set filters on my email. Now those PayPal receipts and newsletters, automatically get filed away in their own folders.
Having the Power of Less, to refer to, will help motivate me to focus, when things begin to get out of hand. My first task after reading this, is to finally organize the papers in my office, and some closets and drawers, I’ve been neglecting.
I believe it was Oprah, who once said, “success is being ready when an opportunity presents itself.” When you get rid of distractions and learn to focus on what is important, you will be ready when an opportunity presents itself. Thanks Leo, for a great book, with such an inspiring message.