Are you too busy? Do you feel overwhelmed by your constantly growing to-do list? Does it seem like as much as you try, unavoidable tasks just “pop up” during your work day and your plans fly out the window? I have to admit, I’ve felt this way many times despite the number of time-saving strategies I attempt to use in my life. Crazy Busy, by Dr. Edward Hallowell, M.D., an attention deficit disorder expert, analyzes the brain overload society has created and offers strategies for coping with the demands of modern life.
Dr. Hallowell was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for 20 years and is now the director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Mass. In Crazy Busy, he argues that being crazybusy has become the defining feature of our society. Smartphones, email around the clock, longer workdays, escalating demands, and higher expectations at home. All of these things culminate into a state of constant frenzy and deprive us of our creativity, humanity, mental well-being and the ability to focus on what really matters.
As Dr. Hallowell argues, the state of crazybusy can be properly managed and used to work in our favor. He goes step-by-step through the process of how to identify how you really want to spend your time – i.e. what is it that you find fulfilling? With Crazy Busy, we can teach ourselves to move from the “F-state” (frenzied, flailing, feaful, forgetful and furious) to the “C-state” (cool, calm, clear, consistent, curious and courteous).
“Life is a powerful accelerator these days;” says Dr. Hallowell, “what separates the successful from the frustrated is the quality of their brakes and their ability to use them.” Crazy Busy will help you find your “brakes” and learn how to use them more effectively than you could have imagined.
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