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

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

by Christine Louise Hohlbaum
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.
Carl Honoré

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.
Arielle Ford

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.
Wendy Walker

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!
work-life balance expert and author of Solving the Bonnie Michaels

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.
author of Addicted to Stress Debbie Mandel

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.…

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429986687
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,180,544
File size:
1 MB

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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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