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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 Paperback – December 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767926226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767926225
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

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.

Let Valorie help you get unstuck and be unstoppable. Subscribe to her free weekly coaching newsletter at www.ValorieBurton.com.

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This is the fourth copy of this book that I have purchased.
NanMarie
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for simple, practical ways to slow down, re-evaluate their busy schedule and enjoy life again.
A Reader
Valorie tied the Biblical aspect together with the practical very well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Lewis on January 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By Kerry Johnson-struif on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By yet another reader on June 26, 2008
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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 By Brent Metzker on October 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By Grace Lynn on March 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By Kimberly Edwards on January 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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