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The One Who Is Not Busy: Connecting with Work in a Deeply Satisfying Way Hardcover – March 12, 2004

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Introduction: The Problem of Busyness Chapter 1: The Ones Who Are Busy Chapter 2: The Problem of Busyness is a Problem of Focus Chapter 3: Training the Busy Ones Chapter 4: Exercises That Cultivate the Skill of "Simultaneous Inclusion" Chapter 5: Living Seamlessly Chapter 6: A Question of Values Chapter 7: Conclusion Endnotes

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Do you: *Ever feel like you consistently take on more that you have time to do? *Ever wish you could not only get things done, but also enjoy doing them? *Feel like you're barely making it through one ragged week to the next? *Live only for weekends and a chance to put your feet up and close your eyes? "Busyness" is the problem. Knowing how to manage it is the solution.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher; First Edition first Printing edition (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586852515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586852511
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward Mills on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Darlene Cohen's The One Who Is Not Busy, provides a fresh take on the concept of multitasking. She points out, accurately, that the reason we get overwhelmed is because we are focusing on too many things at one time. Darlene encourages us to use the Buddhist practice of one-pointed-attention to focus on what we are doing in each moment.

She provides a number of exercises to help you increase your ability to stay focused. One of the most helpful concepts for me was the idea of narrowing and expanding your focus at will. By bringing consciousness to your focus you can choose when to focus on a single tree and when to take in the entire forest.

Admittedly, some of the exercises seem like they would be better suited to a workshop setting than a book. And her writing style is a tad serious for my taste. But overall this book has been very helpful for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oxenrider on October 4, 2012
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I was surprised at how this book was able to make me feel better about all that craziness that's around us. It really helped me to stop and smell the roses. I'm not sure how productive it made me, but it helps me get into that state where I can really appreciate life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori Gertz on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The kicker on this book title says it all.

Connecting with work in a deeply satisfying way...

We don't need to view our work and leisure worlds (if they exist) as fundamentally different. When we give anything we approach with our full attention we are continually connected to our own feelings, thoughts and sensations...One needs to ask without these elements of life, where is the joy? This book gives a multitude of tools to encourage this connection through very simple meditative approaches to everything from sitting at a desk to breathing during a conference call. As a lifelong multitasker, my curiousity was piqued by it's premise. I enjoyed reading it and have begun incorporating many of the tools into my daily practice of work and life.
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