Busy

Busy

How to Thrive in A World of Too Much

Book - 2015
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Business psychologist Tony Crabbe outlines a unique four-step approach to combating one of the modern life's great problems: being too busy. BUSY is divided into four digestible sections -- Mastery, Differentiation, Engagement and Momentum -- that will teach readers how to switch from managing time to managing attention, how to transition toward a career strategy that doesn't hinge on productivity, how to think differently about success by re-engaging with what matters, and how to create the impetus, energy, and clarity to put all these changes into effect. Crabbe draws on entertaining psychological studies to show why we're getting it wrong at the moment and to develop a fresh new approach to taking back one's life from chaotic outside forces. Rarely has a book been more timely in both its scope and in its immediate impact.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455532988
1455532983
9781455532971
Characteristics: xxxv, 278 pages ; 22 cm

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kpelish
Jun 13, 2017

The author notes writing this book was a deeply personal journey, and it shows at times as he goes off on occasional tangents to explore a topic of interest. Overall, there are good tips and reflective questions on why people claim to be busy, what perpetual “busyness” can indicate, how to manage not just your time but also your values, upping your communications skills, and the importance of nurturing a close personal network of 15 or so people (as opposed to “collecting” friends or connections online.)

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diannehildebrand
Jan 27, 2017

A helpful and readable book about how to get your priorities straight. A few too many lists and summaries for my taste, but there are quite a few things in here that are sticking for me, e.g. a table of 30 values (or you can add your own) of which he challenges the reader to pick 2 or 3 (because if you pick more you won't remember them anyway) and then use them to guide your choices. I chose fun, peace, and making a difference. I looked hard at "speed" and realized it is a value I have, but it's not one I particularly want. My 15-year-old granddaughter laughed out loud when she saw "speed" in the chart. She couldn't imagine that being a value for anyone. I also remember "eat the frog" - if you eat the frog (e.g. do the hardest thing first thing in the morning) then everything else will taste OK for the rest of the day, and he stressed that downtime, thinking time, results in efficiency and good solutions and a better life. The #1 theme of the book: "Busy is not cool."

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mitchellpugh
Feb 29, 2016

I enjoyed the first half of the book, pointing out the long hours, busy schedules and multitasking is very unproductive and unhealthy. This is still what every business I have worked for seems to value above all else, always being busy, as though somehow that equals productive. Doing something simply for the sake of doing it, and not because it is needed, is pointless work. It depletes the quality and efficiency of the work that does need to be done when it arrives.

The last half of the book lost my interest. It focused on business, branding yourself and your products, and various other business jargon. Adopting the same philosophies of all other businesses and business schools cheapened the important of the first half. It was as if the author degenerated back into the same old way of doing things, the exact same thing the first half of the book spoke out against doing.

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