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Greater Expectations, Paperback (Frames Series): Succeed (and Stay Sane) in an On-Demand, All-Access, Always-On Age Paperback – January 7, 2014
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Claire Diaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker, and Silicon Valley innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, Inc., and still works at the company. She holds an MBA and other degrees from Oxford and Stanford, and is the co-founder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization serving AIDS orphanages in Kenya. She has been widely written about in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business Week, Fast Company, and Forbes. Find her at her blog www.ClaireDiazOrtiz.com or @claire on Twitter.
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In this FRAME, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, an employee of Twitter and author of Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time, shares her ideas on how we can live a sustainable and successful life, enhanced by digital tools (but not overwhelmed by them).
The research isn’t so shocking in this FRAME- we’re overwhelmed and on the edge of burnout.
"Americans are so stressed, in fact, that when asked to rank a list of life objectives, the top desire adults expressed is a good night’s rest. This inability to rest is perhaps a side effect of an inability to set boundaries. Four in ten Americans admit they cannot say ‘no’ to additional activities."
The research confirms what we already know about ourselves, our family, our friends, and our co-workers. Too much stuff, too little time. Claire Diaz-Ortiz shares her PRESENT principle to help us find and create margin in our lives. Some of what she shares simply goes back to the basic spiritual disciplines of silence, prayer, study, etc. BUT, she also offers some helpful tips on scheduling, journaling, and tracking our days. Coming from a person whose job IS the internet, she’s a voice that we can trust to give helpful ideas while at the same time not wishing the internet and social media away (which is often the case in books like this).
While this book was helpful, I did find it hard to understand why this one and The Hyperlinked Life were written separately. Perhaps the intention was to talk about two different topics related to the digital age (maybe knowledge in general and social media specifically?), but I found that their wasn’t a hard distinction.
Why did I choose to review this? AND My Takeaway:
Of course, like last time, I can identify with the challenges that the research brings up. Overwhelmed at times, yes. Too much to do, yes. An inability to say no to good things, yes. In fact, I go looking for good things to do even when I know that I don’t have the time to do them. Claire’s challenge to say no, create margins, and do something nourishing everyday are great reminders of what is needed to nourish my soul and have a strong God-centered inner life. While this book doesn’t add a whole lot to what has already been said, it’d be a great manageable resource for small groups to read and process together.
On a more random note, today the author had a baby and kept everyone updated on Twitter, making news. My question is did she reserve twitter handles for all possible kid names that she likes? How does one get @Lucia as a Twitter handle these days? ;)
Questions I’m now asking:
What in the world do I give up to make margin in my life? I feel like I’m asking this question as a takeaway for everything these days. I see a theme! :)
What journaling style works for me? I’ve checked out a few books on journaling, hoping that I find something that is helpful to me. What I have going right now is not so interesting or useful to me.
The benefit of this new edition is its additional content on surviving in our "always-on" digital age.
As with any book done with the Barna Group, it comes front-loaded with stats that sober the reader into understanding the need and also some proposed solutions.
--Engaging info-graphics and an intro chapter put proof to what we all feel. Because most Americans are perpetually connected to their devices--and social media specifically--the quality of life has nosedived.
--Technology, which was supposed to give more margin and quality to life, has done just the opposite. Margin is squeezed out and quality seldom enters the scene.
The bulk of the book centers on Diaz's The Present Principle.
--I like her idea of the importance of scheduling a daily time to take care of yourself. I don't mean a time of selfishness, but a time of responsible self-maintenance that includes good input and honest evaluation.
--For me (like Claire Diaz-Ortiz), that time occurs by reading the Bible and praying in order to realign my priorities with God's. That takes a daily renewal of the mind.
Greater Expectations gives excellent, general advice that works well for singles or marrieds without children. I guess it could work for parents, given days of exception. That is, once you throw kids in the mix, the expectation of a consistent morning routine is pretty well shot.
If you want a good, quick read on how to organize your ideal morning, Claire has given it to you. Just do it before your kids wake up.
The RE/FRAME chapter by Diane Paddison is as helpful as it is brief. Her challenge to create realistic boundaries is really a call to establish priorities that promise a life of no regrets. I especially appreciated the permission to care for yourself, a priority that often gets misunderstood as selfishness but is nothing more than godly stewardship.