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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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Valerie Burton is one of my favorite life coaches. I have not personally been coached by her but I received her weekly emails. This book is full of practical advice. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Renee74
Audio CDs are great for me they help bring in new ideas and knowledge while I'm driving so I don't have to carve out "extra" time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by vgal
i already read it once through and now i am reading it again. i am having a tough time with it though.Published on March 8, 2013 by Ashley Rene Clark
In this book, the author has managed to cover good ground. The primary references relate to her counselling work with clients, handling her personal challenges and references from... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by V Sridhar
This is the fourth copy of this book that I have purchased. I've benefitted from it so much that I have given it as gifts. It is practical and very insightful. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by NanMarie
I must have read at least 6 other books about this subject...or at least TRIED to read them before I became overwhelmed and cast them aside. Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by Tracy Chard
I thought this was a great book to help us bring our lives back on track and focus on our priorities. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by Joanne Kanute