Book Review – The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

The Power of LessThere are books you read that leave you with an indelible experience, for me this is one of those books. The book does not contain anything I have not read about before, but I’ve read this book at a time when I needed to take a hard look at the principles discussed by the author and think seriously about how to inculcate some of them into my own life. The Power of Less is a simple yet profound book that advices us on how to do less, yet achieve more. It is a book which encourages us to focus on the essentials while getting rid of the unnecessary. No doubt the author is writing from a personal experience and I even visited his blog to learn more about him and his philosophy. Leo Babauta centres the book around six core principles: set limitations, choose the essential, simplify, focus, create habits and start small.

These concepts are repeated over and over again throughout the book as the author deals with day to day issues such as time management, projects, e-mail, internet and filing. The book which has 18 short chapters is separated into two parts. In just 170 pages, this book packs a punch which can help us to make some life changes and so earns a 4.5 out of 5 rating from me. Following is a brief review of the book

Part 1 – The Principles: In this part of the book Babauta introduces the six principles that the book is based on. Following is a brief description of the six principles: Continue reading

Book Review – The Time Chunking Method by Damon Zahariades

Time chunkingThe Time Chunking Method by Damon Zahariades, discusses how we can use the time chunking method to improve our productivity. In 10 sections Damon describes how we can become adept at using the time chunking method to improve our productivity. He tells us what it is and how to get the best from it. Though this is not a big book, it is full of practical tips that work and are easy to implement.

Following is a top-level review of each section.

STEP 1 – LIST THE WAYS CHUNKING WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE


How will chunking improve your life? Why do you want use it? Those are the questions you have to answer in this first section. So what things do you want to achieve that chunking can help you with. Make sure you are clear about them. As Damon says, reason drives action. So here you are encouraged to list ways that chunking can help to improve your life. Continue reading

Book Review – Pocket Mentor: Managing Time

Managing TimeThis book was written by Melissa Raffoni, who is the founder of Professional Skills Alliance. As is the case with the pocket mentor series , there are no chapters and the content is split across a number of topical sections, each of which I have briefly reviewed below. This book has just 92 pages of content which include the main topics and a separate section with tips and tools that I have also reviewed below.

Following are the topics and a brief review of each one.

 

Section 1 – How to leverage your time: asses and plan

This section contain three sub-topics.

How to look at the big picture

Two questions are answered here which are:

  • What’s the value of leveraging your time?
  • Why do we do what we do?

Also the importance of looking strategically at the big picture is discussed. Time leveraging is described as spending time wisely on activities that move you closer to your goals and is differentiated from managing time which are the day to day processes used to leverage time. The first step in leveraging time is to define one’s priorities and added to that is to be clear about why you do what you do. Answering questions such as, are you using your time to accomplish what you want? Are you simply running in place?, can help with this. Continue reading

Book Review – Managing Time

Managing TimeIntroduction

Managing Time is part of the Harvard Press Pocket Mentor series. The book written by Melissa Raffoni looks at some key time management principles which a lot of people will already know about. As is the custom with this series, the book is short and straight to the point and covers topics such as assessing how you use your time, prioritizing and delegating. Altogether the book has 94 pages which includes the content for reading, frequently asked questions, templates that help with managing time, a test to help readers review their understanding of the content and some suggestions for learning more. The book has two parts, each with a number of chapters.

Following is a quick chapter by chapter review. Continue reading