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The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work Hardcover – January 20, 2015
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“With all the agonizing about ‘having it all,’ UC Berkeley sociologist Christine Carter, PhD, blows us a breath of fresh air with her five-step, common-sense primer The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. Based on personal experiments with living life in what she calls the ‘pressure cooker,’ Dr. Carter offers advice in easily digestible nuggets.”—Working Mother
“Carter gives actionable ways to balance your life, your health, and your career. This book is packed with smart advice and hard-earned wisdom.”—Inc.
“Learn more about escaping the ‘busyness trap’ and uncovering a happier, less stressed you.”—Shape
“A highly readable, diligently researched advice book that offers concrete tips on how to get off the treadmill of busyness.”—Greater Good
“Carter’s transformation from overwhelmed working mom to productive and relaxed human being will inspire you. [The Sweet Spot] is chock-full of concrete tips on how to sharpen your focus, improve your efficiency, and use technology to your advantage.”—The Week
“Carter translates her knowledge of the psychology and neuroscience of happiness into practical advice for navigating the demands of modern life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Illuminates the simple and sustainable path toward a precious and happy balance.”—Deepak Chopra
“A gift, like a good friend drawing a personal road map out of the crazy busy swirl of our overloaded lives.”—Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed
“This book did something I thought was impossible: It seemed to give me more time.”—Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
“A page-turning thriller full of proven ways to have the life you want.”—Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness
“Timely, lively, and vital, The Sweet Spot is an immediately useful must-read.”—Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage
“The Sweet Spot inspired me to make immediate changes that have increased my productivity and lowered my stress.”—Dan Mulhern, president, Granholm Mulhern Associates
“Refreshing, timely, and inspiring, The Sweet Spot will help you focus on what really matters most.”—Renée Peterson Trudeau, author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal
“The Sweet Spot is worth finding, and Christine Carter teaches us how.”—Lucy Danziger, co-author of The Nine Rooms of Happiness
“A must-read for every overworked executive, overwrought parent, or overscheduled human being.”—Jennifer Granholm, governor of Michigan, 2003–11
“Compelling and practical . . . You will learn exactly how to create a much sweeter life!”—Christiane Northrup, M.D.
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|Length: 3:29 Mins|
Sweet Spot is broken down into five sections. I have many favorite tid-bits from each part, but, for the sake of brevity, I'll just hit the highlights. Part One emphasizes the importance of focused work and rest times--specifically how important it is to experience good, quality chunks of both--and then goes on to offer very practical advice on how to increase the number and intensity of positive emotions you feel in your life. (On a side note, I was really skeptical that striking a pose like Wonder Woman for two minutes would actually make me feel more confident, but it did!)
Parts Two and Three were by far my favorites. Part Two discusses the importance of transforming as many recurring actions, tasks, chores, etc., into automatic habits. I learned what a workhorse my subconscious is, how surprisingly capable it is of pulling much more weight if I just take 30 seconds to create a new habit that it can then just roll with. (I found the "formula" of "After I do THIS, then I will do THAT" to be a very effective and simple way of creating a habit. So, for example, "After I put the baby down for his nap in the afternoon, I will write for two hours" was all it took.Read more ›
I really appreciate Carter's analysis of habit formation ("Doing without Trying" and "Cracking the Habit Code") and its 3 components: the trigger, the routine, and the reward. Though I had read about these elsewhere, I found Carter's presentation very clear and thorough, and her suggestions easy to implement. I love the idea of the "minimum effective dose" as a starting point for activities like exercise, etc. It is so easy to get overwhelmed by the magnitude of a large project. Carter gives us various ways to think small and just get going. She cites many studies that support these suggestions, and writes about her own fallback two minute "better than nothing" routine for the toughest days. Her suggestions are specific and yet can be molded in many ways to suit individual needs.
I also very much appreciate her ideas for regulating smartphone use and technology in general: making commitments to use smartphones in certain places and during certain times, turning off the various alarms that notify us of texts, calls, and emails, etc.Read more ›
For example, if you watch a lot of TED talks or are interested in the science of thinking and emotion, you're likely already familiar with John Gottman (marriage researcher), strategic use of habit development to change your life/further your goals, and most of the other, related ideas that Carter suggests using to find your groove. Some readers will be more open and interested in her recommendations about meditation than others; if this is not something that interests you, some sections of the book will feel largely irrelevant.
The author has a personable, easy to read writing style and strikes a good balance between self-deprecation and professionalism (something many well intentioned authors do not). Her anecdotes and examples are concise and relevant, and the book is a relatively easy and enjoyable read. If you're not familiar with most of the subject matter, it would be a great introduction; if you are, it may or may not be welcome review.
Overall, I did not feel that the author broke any new ground. I also felt like her strong, organized framework deteriorated near the end.Read more ›
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I LOVE this book! I may be a geek when it comes to positivity, habit building, and making things easier, but this book is fantastic! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Sandler Inspire Nation Host
Inspirational without being preachy. There were a lot of useful concepts in this quick read.Published 7 months ago by JCS
I use helpful hints from this book every day. I bought the book for my mom somewhat sheepishly (how does it go over when you by your mom a self help book?). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Heidi
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I thought this was just one of those self-help books, but it is extremely well researched and I enjoyed reading it. Read more
I used to watch other women with busy, successful lives and who were able to accomplish several goals (writing a book while working a fulltime job and having kids with jealousy). Read morePublished 9 months ago by silhouette_of_enchantment
FIVE STARS PLUS!!!! I can't begin to describe how much I enjoyed this book. Only a few chapters in and I was recommending it to friends, coworkers, and clients within my... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dr. Bloom