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June 16, 2009 / jadettman

No Love for Less

I finished reading The Power of Less by Leo Babauta yesterday. Meh.

I’ve been reading more of these productivity/self-improvement books lately and they just feel like a waste of time. Much of what they say is repetitive and, in many cases, obvious. If I want to accomplish something I should reduce distractions and try to focus more? You don’t say.

Also, it may just be the books that I’ve been choosing but they seem to be primarily focused on the office work-space and that doesn’t actually help me much.

Anyone out there know of a good productivity book for people that work in retail and try to do creative work in their spare time?



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  1. Britt / Jun 16 2009 4:20 pm

    Any book based on a blog is probably a waste of time IMHO.

    In a blog, the repetition is significantly less annoying because several days have passed since you last heard something, and the content is really intended to be consumed in little snippets while you’re bouncing from one place to another.

    But blog-based books (and a shameful amount of other nonfiction, IMHO) written in the same manner are just condescending to the reader. You are not expected to be able to digest any idea that takes more than four paragraphs to describe, and the main points are hammered over and over and over again because your attention is expected to wander.

    I think I’m going to swear off any book that within the first chapter demonstrates that it is written for readers with the cognitive capacity of a goldfish. “Look! A productivity tip! Look! A castle! Look! The same productivity tip! Look! A castle!”

  2. J.A. Dettman / Jun 16 2009 8:17 pm

    I didn’t know that the book was based on a blog when I picked it up. In the future, I think I’ll have a similar policy about the first chapter of such books.

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