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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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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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From the opening pages where Burton lays out the "Ten Commandments of Self Care" to her advice about being busy vs. being productive, the book will give you things to ponder, things to consider and a daily "assignment" (takes no more than few minutes) to help move you along to a new way of living.
From the book - one of my favorite pages ...
"I created my own circumstances -- and then rebelled against them. I stacked up achievements but was not satisfied. I had friends but craved a deeper connection. I was working hard, but yearned to more money for my efforts. I valued achievement more highly than joy, which led to speeding toward the finish line of every project, goal or task without regard for the gift of the journey."
If these words resonate at all with you -- this book is a must read. I promise it will change you.
Burton encourages us to start with a reality check to determine exactly how busy you are. Then she asks that you take the next 28 days to get your life together. Some helpful tips are:
Schedule fun time
Cut back on internet/email/text messages/twitter
Eat right & exercise
Boost your personal hygiene
Reconnect with God
Celebrate your small successes
Create deliberate routines
Respect the pace of others
Enjoy the journey
Burton use real life case studies and personal experiences to explain that real change comes from God. The daily challenges, journal entries, thought provoking questions and one-minute meditations provide the information needed to free your schedule and give you time to smell the coffee. Remember that your life is a journey not a destination. You can take control, say no and have heart to heart connections with those that you love without rushing through every day.