Friday, October 28, 2011

Focus By Leo Babauta

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Focus
By Leo Babauta

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Product Description

A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction. Focus shows us how to find the focus among all the digital distractions in our world, so that we can create, focus on what's important, and find time for quiet and contemplation.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #23304 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2010-10-21
  • Released on: 2010-10-21
  • Format: Kindle eBook
  • Number of items: 1
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful.
5Disconnect from the Internet and connect to the world around you... it will make a change.
By Floris van Eck
Disclaimer: I am a passionate follower of Leo Babauta's blog, Zen Habits.

My friends call me inspector gadget. I have always been a pioneer, an early adopter... always living on the edge in terms of technology. However, the more I got connected, the emptier I felt in side. A few years ago, I stumbled upon Leo's blog, Zenhabits. I read an article now and then and thought "hey, this guys knows what he's talking about." Over the years, I have completely changed my lifestyle, and most of that knowledge came from Zenhabits and affiliates (guest authors that lead me to other blogs I am following now). Nowadays, I have a inbox zero policy, I got rid of television, don't follow the news actively anymore, minimized my RSS subscriptions and declutter my home (still not as much as I would like).

Because Leo has become my lifestyle Guru, I decided to support him by buying his book. And I can tell you this: this book, Focus Manifesto, accumulates all the knowledge from 3 years of Zenhabits in one easy to read, to the point book that should be thought in every high school. After reading this book, I decided to seriously cut down my time on the internet. I don't even go on the Internet till late in the afternoon, so my mornings are productive and creative and I am not distracted by e-mails, feeds and notifications. I am even considering a Digibattical or disconnecting the Internet in weekends. I think I am again at the front, many people will drop-out in the near future.... the Internet and television are draining all of us and we will pay the bill if we don't take care.

I can recommend this book to everyone... and if you combine it with David Allen's Getting Things Done (for some tasks, not everything in you life... it will make a difference.

To make a long story short: Highly recommend for everyone.

Leo, I wish you all the best. You are my guru, and I am sure I am not the only one who sees you that way. You did change my life more than anybody else. Thank you so much.

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
5one of the best books you'll read on controlling your own life
By arvind s grover
Leo, thank you for this book. I am the Director of Technology at a school with a 1:1 laptop program for students and teachers. I am keenly aware of how technology can contribute to people's lack of focus.

This book is thoughtful, fun, and easy to read. The advice is clear, and if you can even take up a few practices you will feel amazingly free. If you can do more than a few then you will feel truly blessed.

I have been working recently to help people use technology more effectively e.g. not be on e-mail all day long, but rather working on the things that are of greatest importance. Leo's book should be required reading in schools, particularly for teachers who are often pulled in so many directions simultaneously.

I must also say that if you are compelled by Leo's book, please read Tony Schwartz's "The Way We're Working Isn't Working." It is a higher-level book about optimizing one's life, but Leo and Tony have very similar ways of structuring change in small pieces that anyone can do.

My only critique of this book is that Leo doesn't cite any sources. Much of his thoughts seems to come from other books and studies I've read, but I didn't see them mentioned anywhere.

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
5Perhaps the most important book you will read all year.
By Adam Boettiger
In "Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction", Leo Babauta goes in-depth on what will likely become known as one of the most prevalent and critical issues affecting our lives in the 21st century: Distraction.

This book is well-written, easy to read and priceless. If you read one book all year, this is it.

I wouldn't be surprised if, 20 years from now, we look back on this time and see that this has become one of the most important topics (and books) of our lives, a book that clearly defined the "Aha" moment for us and empowered us to profoundly change our lives in a powerful and positive way.

Five Stars. Six if I could. Destined to be a best-seller.

Adam Boettiger
adamboettiger dot com

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