Focus – A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction by Leo Babauta (Book Review)

I’m often asked to read books and post my reviews on this blog. I enjoy reading, so spending a little extra time sharing my thoughts about a book is easy to do. I didn’t have to be asked to offer a review of this book about focus by Leo Babauta. Its impact has the potential to change lives for the better, so sharing my review was something I wanted to do (without being asked).

First of all, the book is not copyrighted. Babauta makes the book available for free if you want to download it and share with others. I chose to pay the $9 for the Kindle version, so I could easily read it when I’m on travel using the Kindle app on my Droid smartphone. Unlike most purchases, I felt good about paying for the book. Something about paying for something even when you don’t have to makes the purchase easier and more pleasant.

Most of the practical steps seem pretty simple, even common sense; and this is the genius behind Babauta’s writing. He’s not sharing with us anything we don’t already instinctively know, but it’s like putting the advice into a book gives us permission, or at least a good reason, to put the simple, common-sense ideas into practice.

I really liked how unassuming and unpretentious Babauta writes. He gives the reader examples of how to make positive change, but always reminds the reader that ultimately he or she should choose those changes that work best for them.

The only criticism I can offer is that some of the information seemed a little redundant throughout the book. This may have been intentional for those readers who choose to skim, rather than read the book in its entirety. I read every page and took notes throughout, so perhaps this is why I felt as though some of the information was repetitious in later chapters.

This book is for anyone willing to consider change in order to improve their ability to focus on the simple, yet most important things in life.

The advice offered by Babauta will help those who want to make drastic changes or those who are looking for smaller changes that may help improve their ability to focus on what matters most. Regardless of whether you’re looking for large changes, small changes or something in between, I recommend checking out Focus – A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction by Leo Babauta. If you choose the free version the only cost will be your time. If you put into practice just one of Babauta’s tips you’ll realize a positive return on your investment. I suspect after reading a sample of the book, you’ll want to purchase the book, and you’ll feel good doing so.

You can learn more about Leo Babauta at or

This book review was completed by Alvin Plexico, PhD. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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