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How Did I Get So Busy?: The 28-day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most [Kindle Edition]

Valorie Burton
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Book Description

Do you feel stressed, overworked, like you’re running on empty? Are you caught in the race to get it all done—with little time to enjoy the rewards life has to offer?

There’s no doubt about it: these days we are just too busy. With the conveniences of technology, we’re compelled to get more done in less time and end up constantly striving for the next thing – rarely stopping to consider if it’s something we even want. As a result, we end up missing out on the things that truly matter: our relationships, the activities we love, quiet time to reflect and replenish our energy.

Valorie Burton’s How Did I Get So Busy? is the solution for anyone who feels perpetually overwhelmed and overworked: a simple, effective 28-day program to help you rediscover your true priorities, shift out of overdrive, and reclaim your life and schedule. Built around Burton’s “Ten Commandments of Self-Care,” each day presents an easy-to-follow task to help you strip away the meaningless activities that occupy your time and make room for what nourishes you--mind, body, and spirit. The tasks are simple but yield big rewards:

Take a full hour for lunch
Set “no-email” periods
Add fun goals to your to-do list
End your day “on purpose” – meaning that you decide when to leave the office, head home, and fall asleep.

Uplifting and inspiring, How Did I Get So Busy? offers an easy way to be rid of the busywork that fills our days and rediscover the life you’ve always wanted.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Burton, a certified professional coach (What's Really Holding You Back?), addresses the problem of rushed and overloaded lives in sympathetic, persuasive language, confessing that she, too, was once part of the busyness epidemic. She draws a firm distinction between being successful (reaping financial gain or status) and being fulfilled (living, working and loving in a way that brings you emotional and spiritual satisfaction). Above all, she believes busyness is often based in fear and interferes with the primary job of life: making authentic connections with others. Burton pushes the reader to make deep but simple shifts : taking all your vacation days every year and leaving the office for at least a half-hour during the day will allow you to set healthy boundaries. She outlines what she calls a self-care lifestyle, which promotes living well and in balance. Exercise, good health habits and pampering are crucial, she says. Each of the 28 short chapters ends with a challenge, a five-minute journal exercise and a one-minute meditation. Burton's book is a wakeup call, an effective and inspiring plan for change.
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"A personal development expert offers convincing advice on how to get more out of life by slowing down, planning more carefully, and doing more of the things that please you. Burton’s Christian roots give the lesson a values context without weighing it down. Her spiritual foundation and optimistic personality make her ideas sound loving and easy to warm up to. Further, her enjoyable voice and warm reading style contribute to the program's pleasant, helpful tone. She adds meditations in this audio edition and brings to life her 28 recommendations (one for each day of her plan) with positive narratives from her life and those of many of her clients. An uplifting guide for anyone who wants to live with less stress and more personal balance." 
T.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

Product Details

  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (December 26, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W969A4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Did I Get So Busy January 26, 2008
Valorie Burton has done an outstanding job of providing pratical tips to get us back on track to what matters most while showing each of us that God wants what's best for us so that we can fullfill our purpose and his. Although many of us may know this information it is provided in such a way that its not all about us. The fact of the matter is that God cares about every aspect of our lives including if we are overbooked and disconnected. I think this is the perfect book to move you forward without making you feel bad, honestly it will make you laugh, cry and feel free well before the end of the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Look at Time Management January 22, 2008
How Did I Get So Busy: The 28-Day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclain Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most by Valorie Burton

A time-management book with a spiritual twist. Many of the ideas presented here are in every other time-management book or seminar. However, this author discusses more of the spiritual/emotional side of being "busy."

She recommends slowing down, making a daily heart-to-heart connection, developing a self-care plan, creating daily rituals, being led by the spirit, etc. There are definite new age ideas at play here.

Even if you find one or two things that help in the battle to be less busy, or ways to find more time for yourself, it's worth a read.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I got this book from the library with high hopes but I am disappointed in it. There are many instances I felt the author was just bragging about herself, in the guise of "sharing". By that, I mean she makes opportunities to "share" her own story, but somehow even her so-called problems seem contrived to promote herself. For example, in one part of the book, she was relating that she thinks her own tendency to be busy all the time started in childhood, when her mother put her in kindergarten at the age of four. She then goes on to say she was trying to prove to the world she is "smart" by getting her masters degree at age 21. Well, that does prove she is smart, and surely she knows it, but by the time she is done with telling the story, I was annoyed by the obvious self-promotion. In another segment, she relates of how she and her husband took a leap and bought a home that "nourishes" them physically, emotionally and spiritually. She then gushes about how lovely it is to walk in the streets near her home, how happy she is they took the leap and bought it. Well, that's great, but in these economic times, that sure does seem like bragging.

I got the feeling the author led something of a life of priviledge, and cannot relate to why many of us are busy. She never mentions having children and as a busy mom, I can say a large part of why I am overly busy is the care of my children. Like many moms, I was looking for advice on things like how to slow down without shortchanging the kids, but kids were never really addressed in this book. That is a glaring omission, because kids (or the care of adult parents, or both) add tremendously to one's busyness and most women are in some sort of caregiving role for a large part of their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I Have Found On This Topic March 8, 2008
I bought this book on a busy week while at an airport. I immediately "took" to many of the ideas presented in this book. They are presented in a helpful, non-judgmental way, and address the importance of balancing one's work/school and personal life. Also, many of the ideas presented helped me to "normalize" that what I am and am not doing well is similiar to the challenges of others, such as not always getting to all those items on a to do list. The author, regarding to do lists, presents a different way of approaching these lists anyway. I guess there are some so-called new age ideas here, but I think it just has more to do with recognizing the value of remembering to have a spiritual life as well. My only suggestion for a better book would be to allow more room for writing out the brief exercises in the book itself. The author suggests a journal. I found room in the book for writing, but a little more room would have been helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic way to get your life on track October 19, 2008
I was not looking for this type of a book when I bought it but when I saw the title and read the note from the author of "Dear reader, I trust that our paths have crossed for a reason" I knew that I was meant to read it.
I first read this book about a year ago and have since read it three more times. I recently started using it as a discussion book for our church adult education program that I am leading due to being inspired by this book's message.
I am not going to say that this book will give you free time that you won't know what to do with but it will help you to prioritize you busy schedule so that you have more times for the foundation of fullfilment, that being your focus on "Faith, Family and Friends"
Although I feel that it is a faith-based book, I did not find it preachy and merely made you focus on what is really important in your life and spending quaility time where it is important.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb for guidance on prioritizing your life!!!!! January 28, 2008
Our church's women's group has just started to dive into "How Did I Get So Busy?" and we are loving it. The introduction of the book has already impacted us in such a way that I am definitely restructing areas in my life to cause me to become more intentional and purposeful in my daily activities!!! Whatever you do - don't stop reading because every day will bring about gradual to astounding results, only if you choose to be deligent in wanting to create a more calm and stress-free lifestyle. If you've been desiring a change or need a change: READ the book!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life!!
If you are overworked, overstressed, over-tired and desire some type of change but aren't sure where to begin or if it's even possible this book will change your life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sherman322
5.0 out of 5 stars read it
i already read it once through and now i am reading it again. i am having a tough time with it though.
Published 21 months ago by Ashley Rene Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Read, Reflect and Create your own Action Plan
In this book, the author has managed to cover good ground. The primary references relate to her counselling work with clients, handling her personal challenges and references from... Read more
Published on August 26, 2012 by V Sridhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Insightful
This is the fourth copy of this book that I have purchased. I've benefitted from it so much that I have given it as gifts. It is practical and very insightful. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by NanMarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Grace-filled, Spirit-led, and very freeing!
I must have read at least 6 other books about this subject...or at least TRIED to read them before I became overwhelmed and cast them aside. Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Tracy Chard
4.0 out of 5 stars How Did I Get So Busy?
I thought this was a great book to help us bring our lives back on track and focus on our priorities. Read more
Published on March 10, 2011 by Joanne Kanute
4.0 out of 5 stars When things get a little too whirly-swirly, read this:
As the author, life coach Valorie Burton rightly assumes in her introduction, I picked up this small book for a reason. Read more
Published on December 23, 2009 by Leisa A. Hammett
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by God
Work, Kids, Girl Scouts, Church Activities, Marriage, Social Networking, email & the Internet, Phone calls, Television shows and Reading Books... Read more
Published on March 6, 2009 by Deltareviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow down...and get this book!
This is an inspiring book about how to identify those things that keep us overly busy in life. Valorie Burton addressed various aspects and effects of busyness that spiritually,... Read more
Published on October 27, 2008 by A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful!
When I first saw "How Did I Get So Busy?" I knew it was a book I needed to read. Even with all that was going on in my life that contributed to my busy-ness (wife, mother,... Read more
Published on September 17, 2008 by Davida Arnold
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Valorie Burton is a bestselling author and speaker who helps people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of their lives. As a Certified Personal and Executive Coach, Valorie has served hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries, and is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CAPP) Institute. For more than a decade, her books, speaking engagements and media appearances, have inspired and equipped readers and audiences to:

* Make major life changes that are exciting and scary at the same time.
* Be happier and have more fun, even when life seems routine.
* Navigate setbacks and disappointments in a way that makes life better, not bitter.
* Go from a scattered to focused mind to feel and be more productive.
* Speak up with confidence rather than settling for less.
* Go to sleep at night feeling peace about decisions.
* Conquer emotions that cause procrastination, emotional spending, and the sabotage of success.

In the summer of 1999, Valorie had an epiphany that confirmed her life purpose to inspire women to live more fulfilling lives. She was on a career path that looked successful but was unfulfilling, and despite her fears, Valorie took a leap of faith to pursue her dreams. The transformation has led her to write eight books, including Successful Women Think Differently, What's Really Holding You Back?, and Your 5-Minute Personal Coach.

Valorie helps readers and leaders discover their purpose and create a vision that's true to who they are. She helps people persevere until they reach their goals, even in the face of challenges, fears, and doubts. Her expertise shows how to coach yourself by saying "yes" to what matters and "no" more often. The result? People find the freedom to live the life they previously only imagined.

Valorie's transparency and blend of personal stories, faith, and psychological research is engaging and practical. She is a columnist for Ebony Magazine and a frequent media contributor who has appeared in and on CNN, HLN, Dr. Oz, Oprah Magazine, Oprah Radio, The 700 Club, Essence, The Los Angeles Times, and many more. She has co-hosted two national television programs - The Potter's Touch with T.D. Jakes and Aspiring Women, winning two regional Emmy nominations. She has a master's degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in journalism from Florida A&M University and a BA from Florida State University.

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