Monday, February 17, 2014

Less Doing, More Living

Title: Less Doing, More Living
Author:  Ari Meisel
Publication Information:  Tarcher/Penguin, Penguin Group LLC. 2014. 124 pages.
ISBN:  0399168524 / 978-0399168529

Book Source:  I received this book through a publisher's giveaway free of cost in exchange for an honest review. The book arrived as a paperback uncorrected proof.

Favorite Quote:  "The ides of Less Doing is to reclaim your time and - more importantly - your mind, so you can do the things you want to do. Even little bits of time are important. It all adds up."

The concept of Less Doing began as a set of productivity hacks and has led to the development of TED talks, online courses, and a coaching framework to help individuals and companies make the most of out of their time.

The author defines the keys to less doing as optimizing, automating, and outsourcing. The book goes through different tenets for each element and presents listings and descriptions of many tools that can be used in the process. The tools range from apps for your computer and electronic devices to virtual assistants to online shopping.

This is a small and a short book. The physical book itself is about a seven inch square, and it is only 124 pages. That makes it a very quick read. It has a detailed table of contents and a cumulative list of resources presented by topic at the end. This leads to the books being a usable tool.

The usefulness of the advice and the tools will vary from person to person depending on you particular situation. A reader may or may not agree with the paradigm presented. It really does not matter. This book has done the work of searching out useful tools for different productivity problems. That gives it its value regardless of whether or not you agree with the author's philosophy. So, use the book as a reference. Incorporate into your life what works for you and leave the rest.

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