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The Power of Less


On the first of every month, our library lists the newly acquired reading materials on their website. Thanks to my two hour long daily commute on public transit, I read two to three books a week. Our library is small. The pickings are slim. I’ve read almost every audio book they have.

In desperation for new reading material, I picked up ‘The Power of Less’ by Leo Babauta.

I nearly stopped reading by the end of the first chapter. The author talked about being a marathoner, a father of 6 children, an author of many books, a man with two jobs, a healthy eater, and a perfectly organized person. For someone who can hardly be trusted to make my bed in the morning, this seemed a bit out of my league.

But I struggled through the first few chapters and actually started to enjoy it. He shared some helpful tips on simplifying life. He suggests starting VERY slowly. Exercise 5 minutes a day, or de-clutter one drawer of the hideous mess you like to call a home office. As I listened to the book, I wanted to go home and clean out a drawer and trust me…

I never get excited about cleaning out office drawers – especially when Grey’s Anatomy is on.

While he doesn’t talk about reducing debt, I appreciated his suggestions on how to spend less. When it comes to getting money under control, he suggests placing any non-necessity purchases on a list and waiting 30 days to buy it. If I did this only 1 out of every 5 times I went to Target, I’d be in a better place.

This is the kind of book I will re-read in a few months. The author is fabulously motivational and if all I get out of it is a cleaned desk drawer, I still come out ahead. It’s a quick read and I’d recommend it.


  • Reply Hilary |

    I just did a search on this book, and there is a free PDF download of his Companion EBook called Thriving on Less. I am about to get started on reading it.

    p.s. Thanks for writing my new favorite blog!!! I look forward to your posts and everyones comments. Together, we can all do it!

  • Reply Beks |

    Laura – I visited the website but haven’t had time to read it yet. I plan to take a look this weekend.

    Joe Dirt – You sound like my husband. He says it doesn’t count as ‘reading’ unless you have a real book.

  • Reply Susan |

    That’s funny – we had a discussion about that at work this week – do you “read” or “listen to” an audio book. We decided it’s easier to just say “read” – otherwise there’s just too much explanation to people who might be familiar with the audio book.

  • Reply Maria |

    Thanks for the suggestion–this sounds like a book I’d like and I’m going to request it from my library.

  • Reply Georgia Plodder |

    I’m always looking for something new to read and I love organiziational books. Thanks for the suggestion! Mona’s right — you might like FlyLady.

  • Reply Georgia Plodder |

    Beks – Is it The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life OR The Power of Less: The 6 Essential Productivity Principles That Will Change Your Life? Thanks…

  • Reply Brian |

    I’ve been meaning to check out his book. I’ve read his site off and on, and find it interesting.

    Two hours on public transit seems like the perfect time to read non-audio books as well. your library probably has a larger selection of those.

  • Reply Mar |

    Thanks for the recommendation. I just place it on hold with the library.

    Brian, if Beks is anything like me, if she reads 5 words while the vehicle is in motion, she’ll be sick as a dog!

  • Reply Beks |

    Hilary – Thanks!

    Mona & Maria – Wow. She’s cool! I have a feeling I’ll be visiting that site often!

    Georgia – It’s The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life

    Susan – It is so confusing to try to explain ‘reading’ audio books. I’m glad someone else struggles with the same dilema!

    Brian – Mar is right, I get sick just thinking about reading in moving vehicles.

  • Reply Beks |

    Liz – Yeah, that part annoyed me a little too. I felt like telling him to get over himself a few times.

  • Reply Josh Moore |

    I really want to read this book. I have read Leo’s blog for over a year now and love much of what he has to say on various topics.

    Good work on the blog here Beks, keep it up 🙂

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