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The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life By Leo Babauta Book Review – Minimalism, Self Improvement, Organization, Efficiency

Leo Babauta Simple Guide Minimalist LifeThe Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life
By Leo Babauta
Minimalism, Self Improvement, Organization, Efficiency

“What is a minimalist life?

It’s one that is stripped of the unnecessary, to make room for that which gives you joy.

It’s a removal of clutter in all its forms, leaving you with peace and freedom and lightness.[...]

A minimalist values quality, not quantity, in all forms”
- from The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life by Leo Babauta

About The Author – Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta is well known as a productivity expert and author. You may already be familiar with his work: he has previously authored three ebooks

In addition, Leo Babauta is a published author – in 2009 he published his first physical book, The Power Of Less. Leo is a recognized expert in the field of productivity, and has built a large following of loyal readers with his philosophy of simple productivity.

Summary of The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life was recently released, and is in some ways a companion to Leo Babauta’s previous book, The Power Of Less.  The goals of theThe Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life include:

Plan your ideal day. Then strip your life of the non-essentials, to make room for this ideal day, for the things and people you love. This book is meant to help you find that path.

  • Minimizing and Reducing your possessions by clearing out clutter and unnecessary physical items
  • Figuring out how to be content with less
  • Living a less stressful live. Strategies include simplifying your schedule and work
  • Creating a minimalist lifestyle. This include a minimalist workspace, a minimalist home, minimalist computer, minimalist financial life, and minimalist (simple, effective) diet and fitness program
  • In line with a minimalist workspace, Leo discusses a minimalist paperless home office

The opening pages provide an overview of Leo’s philosophy on the essential qualities in a minimalist life.

  1. Omit needless things. Notice this doesn’t say to omit everything. Just needless things.
  2. Identify the essential. What’s most important to you? What makes you happy? What will have the highest impact on your life, your career?
  3. Make everything count. Whatever you do or keep in your life, make it worthy of keeping. Make it really count.
  4. Fill your life with joy. Don’t just empty your life. Put something wonderful in it.
  5. Edit, edit. Minimalism isn’t an end point. It’s a constant process of editing, revisiting, editing some more.

My Personal Review of The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

The whole book reads quickly and easily – I read it on my ebook reader during a plane flight and it was a breeze.

I’ll admit, I initially thought minimalism was all about physical possessions – but this book contains so much more than that.  It contains philosophies and actionable tips for simplifying your schedules, your travel, your commitments and even your wardrobe.  While I enjoyed the specific tips Leo gave, the part I enjoyed most about the book were his discussions on minimalist philosophy – and how it applies not just to physical items, but rather is a lifestyle decision to minimize quantity and maximize quality.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:

“Figure out what makes you happy. Get rid of the rest, so you have room for those important things. It’s not a life of nothing, of boringness. It’s a life of richness, in less.”

“Plan your ideal day. Then strip your life of the non-essentials, to make room for this ideal day, for the things and people you love. This book is meant to help you find that path.”

“If you can focus on doing things that make you happy, you’ll have less of a need for stuff.”

“Living a minimalist life isn’t just about eliminating physical clutter. It’s about reducing the clutter of your busy schedule, your work life, all the running around you might normally do.

It’s about doing only what’s necessary, so you have time for what makes you truly happy.”

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Recommendation – A Great Introduction To Simplifying Your Life

This book is an excellent introduction for those new to minimalism, and for those looking for practical suggestions on how to simplify your life.  The book flows smoothly and contains practical suggestions that you can begin incorporating immediately.  As mentioned above, I also enjoyed Leo’s thoughts on what minimalism is, and why he believes it is a path for a richer life.

Bonus – Proceeds Go To a Good Cause

If you’re on the fence, as an added bonus Leo is donating a portion of the proceeds The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life to help save Guampedia. You can read more about it on Leo’s page about The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

Chapter Listing The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

  • What is a minimalist life?
  • Overall minimalist principles
  • How to become a minimalist
  • Contentedness
  • Rethinking necessities
  • Simplify what you do
  • Clearing clutter
  • Minimalist home
  • Minimalist workspace
  • Minimalist computer
  • Going paperless, digitizing
  • Minimalist travel
  • Wardrobe and grooming
  • Minimalist food
  • Minimalist fitness
  • Minimalist finances
  • Minimalism is the end of organizing

Free Preview Of The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

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By Sid Savara
Published April 14th 2014
4.8 Stars
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