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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312570481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312570484
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Power of Slow is a welcome riposte to our fast-forward culture. With wit and wisdom, Hohlbaum shows us how to reset our metronomes and reinvent our lives."

--Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure

"Thanks to The Power of Slow, I am now a recovering ‘speed addict.’ This book brilliantly showed me that my over-scheduled, multi-tasking, uber-busy lifestyle has not only made me less productive and less effective, it gently taught me ways to shift into a more flowing, creative and ultimately more successful life." --Arielle Ford, creator, www.everythingyoushouldknow.com and author of The Soulmate Secret

 
The Power of Slow is a life-changing book. Far from stating the obvious, Christine Hohlbaum provides new insights and persuasive arguments for reshaping our time and changing our lives for the better. A must read in our over-scheduled world!”--Wendy Walker, author of Social Lives, Four Wives, and Chicken Soup for the Soul - Power Moms

“In the fast-paced world of Blackberrys, Iphones, and Twitter, it’s hard to find one’s footing. In an easy-to-read style, Ms. Hohlbaum has described a process of slowing down that is so very important to our wholeness, balance, and well being. She does so in a poetic and sometimes humorous way. She has captured a heavy topic with a light touch and yet we learn many lessons.  I highly recommend this book to help anyone who wants to stay healthy, sane, and enjoy life more fully.”--Bonnie Michaels, work-life balance expert and author of Solving the Work/Family Puzzle and A Journey of Work-Life Renewal

“This book presents a convincing case for slowing down in a multi-tasking world:  to reboot one’s natural rhythm for the sake of health and happiness. It’s time to take an adult time-out to achieve greater balance and improve life quality. Christine makes it practical and easy. What are you waiting for? Slow Down.…” --Debbie Mandel, author of Addicted to Stress
 
" [Hohlbaum] offers thought-provoking commentaries on efficiency and expectations while providing concrete tips for saying no with kindness, taking time out, and breaking habits." -- Library Journal

About the Author

Christine Louise Hohlbaum is a public relations professional, freelance writer, and the author of S.A.H.M. I Am and Diary of a Mother. She lives near Munich, Germany, with her husband and two children.

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Christine Hohlbaum teaches us how to bring it down a notch in our insanely fast paced lives.
Beverly Solomon
With tongue-in-cheek, I'll submit that one of the challenges to readers of self-help books, is the authors themselves.
M. Petruzzi
I came up with a time abundance plan that I've been implementing and tweaking, one that is truly changing my life.
O. Brown

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
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Is it possible to create time abundance? To cultivate an attitude of experiencing time as slow, time as a friend...as there being more than enough time to accomplish everything that the day should hold? I think that it is possible, and this is what I'm doing, thanks to this wonderful book that takes a fresh and practical look at befriending time and slowing down your life.

Unlike many of the books I've read on this subject, this book goes beyond the philosophy of time abundance and the whole Slow Movement and into practical and concrete ways of implementing mindfulness and the philosophy of slow with a special emphasis on different ways of dealing with technology and information overload. The book covers useful, modern issues such as cell phone multi-tasking, creative ways of handling call-waiting, dealing with time suckers and addictive behaviors, delegating, managing expectations, and so much more. This book is not so much about time management as it is about life management so that each of us can best use the limited and uncertain amount of time that we each have. Since I have viewed time as something to race against, and have felt like time's victim, this appealed enormously to me.

I began to read The Power of Slow with my journal next to me, keeping a list of everything that struck me that I'd want to do differently or think about differently. I came up with a time abundance plan that I've been implementing and tweaking, one that is truly changing my life. If you have been looking for a practical tool that addresses your real-life concerns, look no further. You'll get far more than just a list of 101 things, however.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Leon on July 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The pace of modern life is fast. We want fast transportation, fast communication, fast computers, fast photos, fast music, fast foods, and so on.

But does fast always mean the best? Does it mean that we can achieve our goals? Does it ensure that we have a happy, healthy, and satisfied life? Does it ensure that we get enough time to spend with our family or indulge in our favorite hobbies? If you want to find out the answers to the above questions then you should read the book The Power of Slow.

Are you running the mad race to survive and thrive? Is your time controlled by others? Are you always chasing deadlines and milestones? Do you ever get time to spend time on activities that you want to do? Do you get time to do nothing or do a bit of self reflection? Do you have time for your family and friends? Are you always busy, work all the time, go to bed late only to get up early and work even more? Do you always feel frustrated, depressed, or dejected? If the answer to most of the above questions is `Yes,' then you should read the book The Power of Slow.

If you want to stay on top of your life, if you want to take control of your time rather than being controlled, if you want to manage and balance your work and personal lives, if you want to set your goals and achieve them comfortably, if you want to manage your expectations about yourself and others and also handle other people's expectations about you, if you want to create time by delegation, if you want to say `No' to thing you don't want to do, and if you want a calm, peaceful, happy yet successful life, then also you should read the book The Power of Slow.

The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World is a book that will revolutionize, reorganize and change your life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Petruzzi on January 23, 2010
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With tongue-in-cheek, I'll submit that one of the challenges to readers of self-help books, is the authors themselves.

What I am getting at is, not every reader is going to have the same focus and passion for personal or life change as the author they are reading. A book might represent a quantum leap, when what the reader could really use is smaller, more doable steps. Too often I've seen it where a reader feels brimming with possibility and potential while s/he is reading a book, but sure enough, once s/he completes it, the book goes on the shelf with the other self-help books of similar type and format... and the feelin's gone...

If this seems like an all-too-familiar pattern to you, well, read on. I am betting that your experience with "The Power of Slow" will go differently.

Reading "The Power of Slow," you get the feeling that you and author Christine Hohlbaum are a pair of friends who are out for a walk together. You are casually discussing lots of small, doable things that you can do each day to take your life back. All these "small, doable things" add up. A lot of small, doable things is exactly how you gave your life away in the first place.

What am I talking about?

I am of the school of thought that *we* are accountable for our choices, and many of our choices (and some of the most important) have to do with how we choose to manage and spend our time. Many of us wake up one day (and then probably every day after that) and ask, "Where did all the time go?" Just replace "time" with "life" and you have my point. That's how it feels when you're always racing the clock: "Where did all the *life* go?" We gave it away--choice by choice.
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Christine Louise Hohlbaum is an American author of several books, including The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World. She is a proven thought leader in the area of time management and often conducts Webinars for ExecSense. She works as a PR consultant for various international companies and lives in Germany with her two children. Occasionally, she appears in TV shows and feature films, playing smaller roles to satisfy her inner thespian. Writing and acting are her passion. Her biggest dream is to change the world through words.