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CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life Paperback – March 27, 2007
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We have all been multitasking since before our ancestors came down from the trees, but our attention is now constantly being distracted by a host of new inputs: email, text messaging, instant messaging and a hundred other things. Just think of those news broadcasts that since 2001 have regularly had more than one item at a time on the screen. Many of us have learned to give only partial attention to the task before us. The downside of this is that the myth that we can all be competent multitaskers ("Look mom, I can do ten things at once!") is an illusion. If you are only working on a project with 10% of your attention, not only is it going to take much longer to get it done, but errors are far more likely to occur.
Edward Hallowell is well qualified to write this important book. He is a psychiatrist who tells us that he has also been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, and he has spent years working on practical solutions for his patients. He then realized that many of the strategies that he designed for sufferers of the disorder could also help people being overloaded by too many demands on their time and energy.
This is a well written book by someone with a personal interest in finding strategies that work, and who has test-driven and refined them in his practice for years. What I particularly like about his approach is that although he offers a number of suggestions for quick fixes, he also goes to the next step, and discusses how being busy, overloaded and forced into ineffective multitasking can present us with an opportunity.Read more ›
The author's chapter on why women have it harder than men is exactly one and one quarter pages long and he gives his wife a lot of credit for managing his three kids, the house and himself. However he admits he has no idea how she does it all! Frankly, I doubt he would be willing to take on what she does. After all, it would probably cut into his book-writing time. What about the book SHE might want to write?
The section on scheduling sex was just funny...he says that by knowing you will have sex on A given day, we have all week to anticipate it. Okay, maybe if you are a man....but a lot of working moms I know see it as yet another chore. How do we change our lifestyles enough to actually enjoy things again instead of just finding time to squeeze them in? The only answer I can think of is to hire household help...and that is not an option for most of us.. I will go back and re- read Tolle's A New Earth so I can just learn to accept this stuff more easily.
Moms, skip this book and get in your car...baseball practice is in 15 minutes.
This book gives "ideas about monitoring your mood at work, being systematic about how you invest your time and pushing your brain's reset button." The subtitle (Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap!) certainly described my feelings and those of many workers today. The strategies in this book may save your life.
The author's previous work with attention deficit disorder gives him insight into coping with the information overload and the pulled-in-all-directions feeling that goes with it.
It's worth the money and the time to read this book.
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I found it to be a realistic view of our life in today's western world. It starts out kind of slow but I think he makes a great point later on by asking the reader,"Are you... Read morePublished 22 months ago by partner tracker 2011
Need more about how to cope with the onslaught of information and the understaffed, overworked business environment.
Overall a good read
I loved this book. Dr. Hallowell takes a balanced view on how crazy busy our lives have become. He understands we can't all just unplug or go back to a simpler time, nor would we... Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Linda Lochridge
I'm an vocal artist, a father, a toolmaker, poet, storyteller, radio personality and my life can get; crazy. I have to work, I need to perform and I must get paid. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by Buck P Creacy
I felt the book was written from my life story and I could relate to it completely. As I felt better that I am not alone I found good suggestions and tools to improve my life. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Ehsan
This book gives an excellent description of the shape our modern lives have formed and how to wrangle in our time and "busyness" Hallowell offers some suggestions for... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Gary
Excellent book I myself am a busy professional and spent too much time on unimportant tasks ., this book helped me regain control over some parts of my lifePublished on March 31, 2013 by R. Bhatt
What a great down to earth book. It makes being busy take on a whole new meaning. I will recommend for anyone with time management issues... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Arkansas girl