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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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A time-management book with a spiritual twist. Many of the ideas presented here are in every other time-management book or seminar. However, this author discusses more of the spiritual/emotional side of being "busy."
She recommends slowing down, making a daily heart-to-heart connection, developing a self-care plan, creating daily rituals, being led by the spirit, etc. There are definite new age ideas at play here.
Even if you find one or two things that help in the battle to be less busy, or ways to find more time for yourself, it's worth a read.
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.
I got the feeling the author led something of a life of priviledge, and cannot relate to why many of us are busy. She never mentions having children and as a busy mom, I can say a large part of why I am overly busy is the care of my children. Like many moms, I was looking for advice on things like how to slow down without shortchanging the kids, but kids were never really addressed in this book. That is a glaring omission, because kids (or the care of adult parents, or both) add tremendously to one's busyness and most women are in some sort of caregiving role for a large part of their lives. It is very easy to make the adjustments listed in the book if you are a woman with few caregiving obligations, but if you have those issues, then many of the suggestions here will be difficult, if not impossible to put into practice.
The author lacks insight into the reasons why people are so busy, the very real obligations some of us face, and cannot simply reduce by self examination. Some of her points are good, but there appears to be a lack of understanding of the serious responsibilites many of us face.It is very easy to say "slow down" and "take time" but when one is faced with the care of parents and children, or working two jobs to save a home from foreclosure, such advice seems worse than trite.
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.