Friday, January 01, 2010

Mini review of "The Power of LESS" by Leo Babauta

Personal productivitiy systems have been very popular the latest years, kickstarted by David Allen's massive success "Getting Things Done". The book probably made Allen a very rich man and started a cult of GTD followers. Every follower had their own little twist of change to what Allen wrote in his book and websites and blogs like 43 folders and lifehacker introduced readers to new systems on how to adapt to GTD. Leo Babauta also started his own site Zen Habbits where he wrote about his own experiences with GTD.

I first found Zen Habbits about a year ago, when I was looking for other GTDers stories about how they made GTD work for them. I had been an avid user of the system about two years then, and was looking for a new GTD software system to change to.

Leo Babauta identified some flaws with Allen's orignal system. The most important ones being the lack of priorities amongst different projects and thus the lack of focus on each individual task. Even though Allen have suggestions for selecting projects based on long term goals and a "someday maybe list" for those projects you cannot work with right now, he never seem to mention anything about minimizing the amount of simultaneous projects and reducing the number of tasks you are saying yes to. I think Leo Babauta is into something when he asks you to limit yourself to the essentials in order to get the maximum out of everything you do.

Ok, so I was about to tell you about feelings about the book "The Power of Less". It would be impossible to write something about it without the former introduction. If you allready are a user of GTD today I would say that you can find everything extra you need to know from reading the most important articles at Zen Habits. I have a slight feeling that some of the articles might be word by word the same as on the web site. If you are new to GTD or don't know about Zen Habits on the other hand, I would highly recommend you pick up the book and start reading. It is a quick read (about a day for me) and adds good wisdom in today's fast lane society.