The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World

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Overwhelmed by electronic gadgets? Buried under an avalanche of e-mails? Juggling too many tasks and responsibilities? Desperately in need of a deep breath and a time-out? For all of us who answer yes to any of these questions, help is on the way. Getting to the heart of our hassled and over-scheduled existence, Christine Louise Hohlbaum cheerfully investigates 101 ways to increase our quality of life and productivity by reevaluating how we perceive and use time. Everyone has their own personal bank account of ...

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Overwhelmed by electronic gadgets? Buried under an avalanche of e-mails? Juggling too many tasks and responsibilities? Desperately in need of a deep breath and a time-out? For all of us who answer yes to any of these questions, help is on the way. Getting to the heart of our hassled and over-scheduled existence, Christine Louise Hohlbaum cheerfully investigates 101 ways to increase our quality of life and productivity by reevaluating how we perceive and use time. Everyone has their own personal bank account of time, and while we cannot control time itself, we can manage the activities with which we fill the time we have available to us. The Power of Slow gives readers practical, concise directions to change the relationship they have with time and debunks the myths of multitasking, speed, and urgency as the only ways to efficiency.

Tips include:

· When working on a project on your computer, close all the windows, with the exception of the one you need to do your job.

· Learn to say no in a polite and constructive way to favors, invitations, and requests.

· Manage your own expectations, as well as those of others, by clearly stating what is possible in the time frame given.

· Declare gadget-free zones (both geographical and temporal) to really enjoy your leisure time.

· Know when your plate is full.

· Make commitments to difficult tasks in five-minute increments and gradually increase the increments.

· Save your most favorite or the easiest tasks for last to avoid procrastination.

The Power of Slow will help readers identify areas in need of improvement and show them how to become more efficient and less frazzled at work and at home—-and live a better, more balanced life.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Hohlbaum (S.A.H.M. I Am) and Kroeker (The Contemplative Mom) offer advice for reclaiming control over time in order to enjoy family, friends, and life better. Hohlbaum debunks the myths of multi-tasking, speed, and urgency, asking readers to reevaluate how they perceive and use time. She offers thought-provoking commentaries on efficiency and expectations while providing concrete tips for saying no with kindness, taking time out, and breaking habits.
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"The Power of Slow is a welcome riposte to our fast-forward culture. With wit and wisdom, Hohlbaum shows us how to reset our metronomes and reinvent our lives."

—Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure

"Thanks to The Power of Slow, I am now a recovering ‘speed addict.’ This book brilliantly showed me that my over-scheduled, multi-tasking, uber-busy lifestyle has not only made me less productive and less effective, it gently taught me ways to shift into a more flowing, creative and ultimately more successful life." —Arielle Ford, creator, www.everythingyoushouldknow.com and author of The Soulmate Secret

The Power of Slow is a life-changing book. Far from stating the obvious, Christine Hohlbaum provides new insights and persuasive arguments for reshaping our time and changing our lives for the better. A must read in our over-scheduled world!”—Wendy Walker, author of Social Lives, Four Wives, and Chicken Soup for the Soul - Power Moms

“In the fast-paced world of Blackberrys, Iphones, and Twitter, it’s hard to find one’s footing. In an easy-to-read style, Ms. Hohlbaum has described a process of slowing down that is so very important to our wholeness, balance, and well being. She does so in a poetic and sometimes humorous way. She has captured a heavy topic with a light touch and yet we learn many lessons. I highly recommend this book to help anyone who wants to stay healthy, sane, and enjoy life more fully.”—Bonnie Michaels, work-life balance expert and author of Solving the Work/Family Puzzle and A Journey of Work-Life Renewal

“This book presents a convincing case for slowing down in a multi-tasking world: to reboot one’s natural rhythm for the sake of health and happiness. It’s time to take an adult time-out to achieve greater balance and improve life quality. Christine makes it practical and easy. What are you waiting for? Slow Down.…” —Debbie Mandel, author of Addicted to Stress

" [Hohlbaum] offers thought-provoking commentaries on efficiency and expectations while providing concrete tips for saying no with kindness, taking time out, and breaking habits." — Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250058591
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 462,447
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Louise Hohlbaum is a public relations professional, freelance writer, and the author of S.A.H.M. I Am and Diary of a Mother. She lives near Munich, Germany, with her husband and two children.

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Slow does not mean stop; it means to be mindful. The power of slow can be defined as the unmatchable force unleashed when you embrace your truest purpose in life. Mindfulness coupled with a positive relationship with time will make you unstoppable. This book is about harnessing your own power within and allowing it to unfurl. It offers you 101 ways to check in with your power without checking out of life. Time will help you do this, if you let it.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    Like Taking a Walk with a Knowledgeable Friend

    Not every reader has the same passion for personal or life change as the author they are reading. A book might represent a quantum leap, when what the reader could really use is smaller, more doable steps. Too often I've seen it where a reader feels brimming with possibility and potential while s/he is reading a book, but once s/he completes it, the book goes on the shelf with the other self-help books of similar type and format... and the feelin's gone...

    If this seems like an all-too-familiar pattern to you, well, read on. I am betting that your experience with "The Power of Slow" will go differently.

    Reading "The Power of Slow," you get the feeling that you and author Christine Hohlbaum are a pair of friends who are out for a walk together. You are casually discussing lots of small, doable things that you can do each day to take your life back. All these "small, doable things" add up. A lot of small, doable things is exactly how you gave your life away in the first place.

    What am I talking about?

    I believe that *we* are accountable for our choices, and many of our choices (and some of the most important) have to do with how we choose to manage and spend our time. Many of us wake up one day (and then probably every day after that) and ask, "Where did all the time go?" Just replace "time" with "life" and you have my point. That's how it feels when you're always racing the clock: "Where did all the *life* go?" We gave it away--choice by choice.

    "Walking" with Ms Hohlbaum through "The Power of Slow," you are gently directed to look here... and over there... and you begin to see where all the time (and life) went. Along the way you're asked questions and you get feedback. She offers suggestions neatly organized under "principles" like "The Rule of Full" and a personal fav, "Toss out the Blame Game."

    If you are tilting your head at the last sentence, by the time you read this one, you might be guessing this isn't just another time-management book. You'd be right. Ms. Hohlbaum looks at *investing* time to get a big time return (pun intended); she suggests ways to change your relationship with time through mindful living; she takes away excuses that we are grateful to give up for something else returned... more time... more life.

    If you are among those of us who have a challenge to our relationship with time, then chances are, you'll find help with yours in "The Power of Slow". I want to work on focus, and in the "Focus Factor" chapter, I found tools and techniques that I've already put into practice to my great advantage.

    "Focus Factor: 'Principle #8 Honor Setup Time.'" I am not going to give away any secrets here (sorry), but I will say that putting this principle into practice - especially when it means preparing *emotionally* for artistic expression like my writing or songwriting - has made a big difference for me - returning more time saved than invested up front.

    I'll wrap this up by bragging that I had the pleasure of meeting Christine Hohlbaum via Video Skype when she interviewed me for her blog. She laughs easily, thinks creatively, and comes across sincere. She is passionate about her topic, and she makes room - and time - for dialog. One could do worse than choosing to spend time with Ms. Hohlbaum. "Take a walk" with her in "The Power of Slow," and get some life back.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    So much more than just time management

    The Power of Slow - 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World is like a breath of fresh air reminding us that it is sometimes okay to just sit back and relax.

    Backed with insightful exercises, Hohlbaum first leads you to the realization that time and being busy may not be what you do but may have become what you are. Statements like "I don't have time , I'm out of time, No time today, I'm sooo busy, and We're going to be late" are examined to see the role of being busy takes in our lives and if we are truly happy by being constantly consumed by time.

    Written as a series of 11 chapters that build on each other, concepts covered include: Ten Ways to Improve Your Relationship to Time, Ten Ways to Move Forward When Your Just Don't Want To, and Ten Ways to Do What You Do Best So Others Can, Too. This handy book not only gives you exercises to recognize your adverse relationship with time but also gives you strategies on ways to cut back, slow down, and just say no.

    The Power of Slow goes beyond simple time management and tries instead to get to the root of behavior and in some cases, addiction to the rush of being under a time crunch. In the section of learning the importance of saying no, you are prompted to ask yourself the following questions before you agree to yet another obligation:

    1. Does the idea of saying yes to the project leave you breathless?
    2. Does the project make your heart sing or sink?
    3. If you are uncomfortable taking it on, locate the reasons for your discomfort. Are you fearful of tackling something new? Do you feel overwhelmed by the scope of the project?

    The Power of Slow not only discusses slowing down and prioritizing your expenditure of energy, it also covers taking care of yourself so that you have the energy to expend. Under the topic of Protect the American Dream - Take a Nap, Hohlbaum states:

    To quote Nancy Gibbs, "With too little sleep there are too few dreams." How can you pursue the American Dream if you aren't getting enough shut-eye to let that dream unfold? Sleep and fulfilled dreams go hand in hand.

    With simple and precise logic Hohlbaum leads us through a series of self-analysis exercises and questions that ultimately help us clearly see our relationship to time and identify what might be getting in the way of our getting things done.

    Christine Louise Hohlbaum is a public relations professional, freelance writer, and the author of S.A.H.M. I Am and Diary of a Mother. She lives near Munich Germany, with her husband and two children.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    TIME OUT

    This is the book that the world has been waiting for! Christine Hohlbaum teaches us how to bring it down a notch in our insanely fast paced lives. She explains what time really means to us in ten chapters and then breaks it down into 101 principals. I suggest reading one principal daily in the morning and then consciously work on that principal for the day. By the time you finish this book, you will be living a happier life on your own time.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Take a Step Back from the Rush and Stress of Your Life

    Christine Hohlbaum strikes a chord with anyone who lives in the fast paced 21st century. This book focuses on how we get caught up in the stress, tension and speed of today's world, and offers truly useful strategies for taking a step back, breathing and slowing down. She discusses the importance of relationships with people, and taking time out each day to be aware of yourself, your surroundings and your feelings. This book is a must read for anyone who lives life in the fast track, feels overwhelmed, out of control, stressed out, burnt out and feels like there aren't any other options available. Christine Hohlbaum describes with both humor and serious research the importance of "slowing down" and breathing in life. This is one book that needs to kept around as a reminder to unplug, and reconnect to what matters most in life.

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