Start small. In Part II of this book, the Power of Less in Practice, we'll take a look at practical tips for implementing these principles in key areas, from your work to your personal life. This isn't a how-to manual to do any of that.
This is a how-to manual on how to simplify and focus on the essential. How to do less while accomplishing more. How to focus and use that focus to achieve your goals, no matter what they are. It's about limitations rather than volume. Each chapter of this book is designed to teach you how to focus on less and to use that focus to be more powerful in different areas of your life. You'll learn to simplify what you do, to reduce the volume of your tasks and projects and communication and information.
You'll learn to reduce the clutter in your life so that you're less stressed and more productive. You'll learn how simplicity can be extremely powerful and how to use that to accomplish your goals, one at a time. You'll learn how to create a more tranquil workday and environment, no matter where you work. This is a book about less, and how focusing on less can transform your life. And it's not an abstract book, either: It will give you very practical advice about how to put the concept of less into action, every day.
We are after more money, to buy bigger houses and cars, and more clothes and gadgets and furniture. We need bigger shopping malls rather than the small shops of yesterday. We consume more, and we produce more, and we do more than ever before. At some point, however, we run into limits. There is only so much we can do or consume.
There are a finite number of hours in a day, and once we reach that limit to our production, we can't do more. Many people see these limits as problems, while others see them as a challenge: How can I squeeze more into my day? If I manage my time effectively and learn to be more productive, can I get more done in the limited number of hours available to me?
The problem with constantly trying to increase volume is that it doesn't always produce the best results. Doing a huge number of things doesn't mean you're getting anything meaningful done. In fact, it's so hit-and-miss that it's almost like playing a game of roulette: If you do enough tasks, one of them is bound to pay off big. It doesn't work that way. Doing more things means you're likely to do a lot of unimportant things, and you'll be overworked and stressed at the same time.
Imagine two reporters working at a newspaper: One goes for a high volume of articles each week, and the other decides to do only one. The reporter writing thirty articles a week scans a vast amount of sources for any little bit of information that's remotely interesting, turning each into a short, quick, and fairly limited article that doesn't get much attention. His editor is pleased by the amount of work he's doing, and he gets rewarded with praise.
The second reporter decides that if he's just going to do one article this week, he'd better make it count. He spends half of the first day researching and brainstorming and thinking until he chooses a high-impact story that he knows will knock people's socks off. It'll be an article that wins awards. He spends two days researching it and another couple days writing it and checking facts. Guess what happens? Not only does he produce the best article of the week, but it becomes an award-winning article, one that the readers love and that gets him a promotion and long-term and widespread recognition.
From that article, and others like it, he can build a career. The first reporter was thinking high-volume, but short-term. The second reporter focused on less, but it did much more over the long term. That's the Power of Less. The haiku, as you may know, is usually a nature-related poem of just seventeen syllables, written in three lines five syllables, then seven, then five. A poet writing a haiku must work with those limitations, must express an entire idea or image in only that number of syllables.
It can be a daunting task if you have something important to convey. So the haiku poet has a couple of choices: He can quickly whip out seventeen syllables and have a completed haiku in a short amount of time; or he can carefully choose only the essential words and images needed to convey his idea.
And this second choice is what creates some of the most powerful poetry in such a limited form—choosing only the essential. So the lessons we can pick up from the haiku are the first two principles of simple productivity: Principle 1: By setting limitations, we must choose the essential.
So in everything you do, learn to set limitations. Principle 2: By choosing the essential, we create great impact with minimal resources. Always choose the essential to maximize your time and energy. These two lessons form the key to this book. They are the Power of Less in two sentences. Everything after this is simply an exploration of these concepts, or practical ways to apply them to many areas of your life.
People like to see hard workers who will handle anything thrown at them. However, we can make another choice: We can be like the second reporter and choose to do fewer things, but things with the most impact.
What does that mean, "the most impact"? A task or project could be ''high-impact" in a number of different ways. These are just some examples—you can probably think of other ways a task or project can be high-impact.
How can you determine which tasks have the most impact? There are generally two good ways of doing this. Examine your task list. Take a look at everything on your list and ask yourself the following questions about each one: Will this have an impact that will last beyond this week or this month? How will it change my job, my career, my life? How will this further a long-term goal of mine?
How important is that goal? From these answers, you can determine which items will have the most impact over the long term. While this sounds like a tedious process, it actually gets very easy with practice, and soon you'll be able to do it in just a few minutes. Start with your goals. If you start by identifying the things you really want to accomplish in the next year, you can plan your tasks so that you are doing things each day to further those goals along.
Let's say you have three long-term goals— each day, choose a task from your list that will move you closer to those goals. This will ensure that you are completing the tasks with the most impact, because they relate directly to a long-term goal. Which of these two methods should you use? Whichever method works for you. You can try a combination of both of the above methods, and in fact, I think that's necessary.
You can do your best to plan for your goals, but even the best of us has tasks outside of those goals that must be completed. All your tasks will pile up in a long list if you're careful to write them down and the non-goal tasks can easily push back your goal tasks.
What you'll need to do is do a review of your task list method number one above to choose the high-impact tasks, instead of trying to tackle everything regardless of how meaningful the tasks are to your life.
If there's any area of your life that is overwhelming you, and that you'd like to simplify, apply limitations. Have too many e-mails in your in-box? Apply a limitation: You'll only check e-mail twice a day, and only respond to five e-mails each time. You'll be forced to work more effectively, and only write important e-mails. Have too many projects? Limit them to three.
Have too much stuff in your house? Limit yourself to two hundred items. You get the idea. These are just preliminary questions for now; we'll explore this in more detail and figure out what's essential and what isn't as we get into the following chapters. The Art of Setting Limits Most OF us lead lives filled with too much stuff, too much information, too many papers, too much to do, too much clutter. Unfortunately, our time and space is limited, and having too much of everything is like trying to cram a library into a single box: It can't be done, it's hard to enjoy the books, and sooner or later the box will break.
Our problem is living without limits. It's like going shopping without spending limits—you tend to go overboard and end up with a bunch of stuff you don't need or really want much. But if you have a budget say one hundred dollars , you'll choose only the things that matter, and you'll end up with much less junk. Our entire lives are like this: We live without limits. And while that freedom can seem fun at first, after a while it gets to be too much. We don't have enough room for everything.
We can't handle the stress of trying to do everything. We just can't fit it in our lives, no matter how much we'd like to do so. It weakens us in so many ways. It dilutes our power and effectiveness.
It spreads us too thin. It tires us out so that we don't have the energy to handle the important stuff. A life without limits is taking a cup of red dye and pouring it into the ocean, and watching the color dilute into nothingness.
Limited focus is putting that same cup of dye into a gallon of water. Limitless is the pitcher who pitches nine innings every three days, throwing as many pitches as he can, as hard as he can. Soon he's too tired to pitch very hard, if at all. The real power is when that same pitcher comes in for one inning every three days and can mow down the batters every time. Limitless is trying to excavate an entire acre of land with a single shovel. Limited focus is digging with that same shovel in one spot until you hit water.
Limitless is weak. Learn to focus yourself with limits, and you'll increase your strength. In this chapter, we'll explore Principle 1. Setting Limits. Your life becomes more manageable and less stressful. Instead of diluting yourself, you focus your energy on a smaller number of things. Instead of trying to do everything and not having enough time for the important things in your life, you do only what's important to you.
That's an incredible change for most people. Many times, when we are spread too thin, we only make incremental progress on important projects and goals. But if we focus on just a few important things, we can actually complete them. You'll achieve much more by focusing on the essential. When we try to take on everything that comes our way, the people around us get the message that their time is more important than ours, that we'll say yes to whatever requests they have.
If, however, we have firm limits on what we do, we send the message that we value our time and our priorities. Others will value your time in return.
By doing less of the busy-work, and more of the important work, you are spinning your wheels less and using your limited time and energy on something with lasting impact.
That helps you make the best use of your time, and eliminates much of the nonessential in your life. Everything that you feel is in any way overloaded.
Every area that you'd like to improve. You don't need to revamp your entire life all at once. That's a sure recipe for failure, actually.
Taking on too much at once is the antithesis of this book—to succeed at setting limits, you should start with one area at a time, and preferably an area with a great likelihood of success.
Where should you start? That can't be prescribed, as each person's life is different, and you'll need to do what works for you. Take a few minutes to think about your life—what areas take up too much time, or seem overloaded? What would you like to simplify?
You'll slowly be expanding into other areas. Focus on one change at a time until it becomes a part of your routine, and you're comfortable with the limit. However, setting limits isn't just pulling a random number out of a hat—it's based on your experience with that type of activity, and based on what you think your ideal is. For example, when you first set a limit on the number of times you plan to check your e-mail, if you just randomly select a number, it could be well over a thousand.
But you know from experience that that would obviously be too high a limit, so you'll likely choose from a range that's reasonable based on your years of experience in checking e- mail.
Let's say you normally check e-mail ten to fifteen times a day, and that seems like too much for you. You're spending most of your day in e-mail, instead of getting your other work done.
So you might choose from a range of one to five times, as that seems ideal. Maybe you'll try twice a day—once in the morning and once before you leave work. The next step is to test it out, to see if that limit works for you. Is it a limit you can reasonably stick to? Is it hurting your communication with others in an appreciable way? Are you able to get much more work done with this limit? Think of your first week with that limit as an experiment. If it doesn't work for you and there's no single limit that works for everyone , then adjust it a bit.
If twice a day isn't often enough, try three times a day. If you think you can get by with even less, try once a day. Then test that new limit out until you find what works for you, and until you make that limit a part of your daily routine.
Once it's a habit, you can move on to the next area of your life. So setting limits for anything else will work the same way: 1. Analyze your current usage levels how many times do you do something a day? Test it out for about a week, and then analyze whether that's working for you.
If it doesn't work, adjust to a new level you think might work better, and test that out for about a week. Continue to adjust until you find the right level and until you make it a habit. Once you've learned to set limits, you will then learn to make the most of those limits—by choosing the essential and then simplifying. That's when the power of limits can really be seen: when the limits force you to reduce yourself to only the essentials.
We'll discuss this in the next chapter. Choosing the essential is the key to simplifying—you have to choose the essential before you simplify, or you're just cutting things out without ensuring that you're keeping the important things. How do you know what's essential? That's the key question. Once you know that, the rest is easy. Once you know what's essential, you can reduce your projects, your tasks, your stream of incoming information, your commitments, your clutter.
You just have to eliminate everything that's not essential. It's like the old joke: how do you carve a statue of an elephant? Just chip away everything that doesn't look like an elephant. Well, first you have to know what the elephant looks like. They'll tell you how to get the urgent tasks done, and how to handle a mass of assignments and information coming at you, but these systems don't do a good job of discriminating between what's important and what's not, and you end up doing everything that's thrown at you.
That puts you at the mercy of the flow of tasks and information coming at you—in other words, at the mercy of anyone's whim or requests. Instead, you must ask yourself in everything you do, what is essential? Whether that's asking yourself what you want to do today, or this week, or this year, or in your life in general, ask yourself what is essential.
Whether that be deciding which e-mails to reply to, what you can buy this month with your limited budget, how to declutter your desk or your house—ask yourself what the essentials are. That puts the horse before the cart, instead of after it—you're identifying the essential, and then accomplishing those essentials.
Once you get the hang of it, you won't need these questions anymore—they'll become automatic. What are your values? Values are simply knowing what things are most important to you. Think about the things that really matter to you, the qualities you want to have, the principles you want to live your life by. Once you've identified these values, everything you do and choose should follow from those.
What are your goals? What do you want to achieve in life? How about over the next year? How about this month? And today? If you know what you're trying to achieve, you can determine if an action or item will help you achieve it. What do you love? Think about what you love, who you love to spend time with, what you love doing. What is important to you? Along the same lines, make a list of the most important things in your life, in your work, or in whatever area you're thinking about.
What has the biggest impact? If you have a choice to make between a list of projects or tasks, think about which project or task will make the biggest difference in your life or career. What will have the biggest effect on everything else? For example, if you have a choice between making some calls, having a meeting, and writing a report, think about the impact each task will have: the calls are to clients who spend perhaps one hundred dollars each on your company, the meeting is with a client who will bring in ten thousand dollars in business if you can close the deal, and the report is something that might not even be read.
The meeting, in this example, has the biggest impact, and is therefore the most essential. What has the most long-term impact? There's a difference between the size of an impact and its long-term value. For example, a meeting with a client might bring in ten thousand dollars next week, but a long-term marketing campaign might bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next year. The impact doesn't have to be in terms of money—it could be anything that's valuable to you.
Needs vs. This is a good criteria to use when you're trying to decide whether to spend on certain items: Which items do you actually need, and which ones are just things you want? Babauta's lessons enable readers to do less, be more effective, get more done, and simplify their lives. Previews available in: English. Add another edition? Copy and paste this code into your Wikipedia page. Need help? See what's new with book lending at the Internet Archive.
The power of less Leo Babauta. Building on momentum makes it much easier to make the habit stick. Whatever you do, focus on ONE and only one habit at a time. Practice that habit until it becomes second-nature, requiring no thought or willpower to do every day. Then, and only then, should you choose another habit to install. Life can quickly pass us by unless we choose to slow down.
Slowing down is the best gift you can give yourself, your friends, and your loved ones. When all is said and done, no one really cares how many zeros you have in your bank balance, what your job title is, or how many followers you have on Twitter.
Recent research indicates that memorable experiences do impact your happiness and life satisfaction, so it pays to focus on ways to create memorable experiences. Slowing down and mindfully enjoying your daily experience of life is simple, effective, and free. A world-class business education in a single volume. Faster previews. Personalized experience. Get started with a FREE account. Consider making a step-by-step list of how you can achieve your goal, and each step is a mini sub-goal.
This way, you only have to focus on one step at a time and everything will feel much more achievable. By achieving steps more regularly your motivation will remain high. Every week, assess your goals and identify what steps you will take each day to reach the end goal.
Breaking your goals down like this will mean that you can keep crossing things off your list and visibly feel like you are making progress.
Remember that you need to stick with this goal until it is complete. Have a clear deadline and understand exactly what it is you want to achieve. Babauta stresses the importance of identifying your most important tasks MITs each day. The goal you should have each day is to complete all three MITs. Anything else you achieve can be considered a bonus. Babauta also recommends having one of your MITs dedicated to your own goal, the other two can be work-related.
The best way to ensure that these tasks are achieved daily is to do them first. Never leave them until the end f the day. A lot of productivity authors recommend scheduling your entire day and relying on your calendar. But for a lot of people, this can be overwhelming.
Babauta actually recommends living in the moment rather than being ruled by a calendar. If you understand your priorities, and only ever have a few MITs and goals going at one time, you should be in a position to make decisions on what work needs to be done and where. Reducing your tasks is a good way to manage your time better, delegate anything you can and eliminate the unnecessary.
Continue to simplify and reduce your tasks. The less you have to do, the less you have to organise. Babauta also recommends batching tasks together for optimum effectiveness. Many people have multiple email addresses or chat services that deliver messages and information all day. Babauta explains that limiting your inboxes is going to be extremely beneficial in increasing your effectiveness.
Do you really need more than one email address? Consider which sources of messages are the most important and eliminate the rest. Also, only check your emails and messages twice a day, no more. Babauta recommends doing this at 10 am and 4 pm. The best way to do this is from the bottom to the top. Take action on each email, never leave them sitting in the inbox.
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