Monday, 28 September 2009

The Power of Less

Book Review

The Power of Less, by Leo Babauta

Hay House Publishers 2009, 170 pp., £8.99, p/b.

At a time when our lives are becoming fuller and faster and we tend to
accumulate more and more stuff, this book comes as a refreshing breath
of air. It encourages readers to identify the essential and eliminate the
rest, using six principles: set limitations, choose the essential, simplify,
focus, create habits and start small. There is a wealth of practical advice
about how to implement these principles in terms of time management,
e-mails, Internet, filing, daily routine, decluttering workspace and taking up
healthy habits. Many of the suggestions are easy to implement, but like
all similar books, persistence and self-discipline are required to follow these
through. This is certainly one of the best and most practical books of its kind.