I got a copy of LESS – Accomplishing More by Doing Less by Marc Lesser at Øredev 2009. The book is described like this:
Discusses the benefits of doing less in a world that has increasingly embraced more – more desire, more activity, more things, more exhaustion. This book is about stopping, as well as the possibility of finding composure in the midst of activity. It is also about the power of accomplishing more by doing less.
I like this book, it is well written and it’s summed up nicely in the epilogue:
This book is a collection of tools as well as a manual for doing more of what is important and less of what isn’t.
Another quote from the book that descibes what it’s about:
You will accomplish more of what matters to you. Doing less and accomplishing more is about aligning your actions with your values and your particular passions.
The book is about the Less Manifesto and has chapters on its five categories:
I like the way Marc writes about these categories, I found inspiration and tools to work with. Marc brings up meditation and mindfulness as useful tools. The book also has some interesting exercises, questions to work with. Under busyness Marc writes that:
A life of busyness is often the result of trying to escape facing our fears.
One part of the book that stuck with me is about paradoxes, like Marc’s own example “I am shy and solitary, and I love speaking in front of people.” It’s an interesting way of seeing that it’s not either-or, we can be both without conflicts.
Embrace paradox and you increase self-acceptance, tolerance of others and your own possibilities.
A question from the book that’s worth thinking about:
What is one change you could make in your life today that would have an impact on the quality of your day?