Do you wish you could stop the mayhem of work and life and just take a minute? Do you sense you could contribute more if there were a little more room in the day? Does busyness deprive you and your burnt-out team of the oxygen your talents need to catch fire?
Many have felt that way, yet taking a pause has seemed impossible—until now.
In A Minute to Think, Juliet Funt, a globally recognized warrior in the battle against busyness, provides a powerful guide that will give you the permission, framework, and specific direction you need to do the following:
- Regain control of your overloaded, caffeinated, inbox-worshiping workday
- Liberate yourself and your teams from burnout and busywork
- Reclaim creativity and focus despite the chaos around you
- Bring thoughtfulness into designing your next work norms
- Tame the beast of email and escape the mire of meetings
- Find your precious minute to think
You’re not alone in your yearning for freedom from constant reactivity. The global workforce today is so fried that it belongs in the food court of a county fair. We’re relentlessly behind the curve, dousing fires everywhere, and our 3 a.m. insomnia provides the only unscheduled thinking time of the day.
What we need reinserted in our lives is the missing element of white space—short periods of open, unscheduled time that, when recaptured, change the very nature of work. White space is the stepping back, the strategic pause, the oxygen that allows the sparks of our efforts to catch fire. White space has the power to radically—and simply—reinvent the way we approach work in this maxed-out, post-COVID 21st-century world.
With Juliet’s memorable stories, easy-to-use tools, and razor-sharp instruction, she carves for us an escape route from the overwhelming amount of low-value tasks and the daily avalanche of e-mails, meetings, decks, and reports. Using research, client stories, and a relatable voice, Juliet shows all of us how to reclaim time for thinking and make room for what truly matters. Whether you are an individual trying to build a more sane and humane flow of daily work, a team that wants new levels of efficiency and effectiveness, or an entire organization changing your culture toward thoughtfulness, this book will lead you there.
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Table of Contents
Prologue Racing to Nowhere 1
Part I The Culture of Insatiability
1 The Missing Element: Our Hidden Yearning for Space 7
2 The False God of Busyness: Why Work is so Much Work 31
Part II The White Space Way
3 The Strategic Pause: Making Space a Daily Reality 53
4 The Thieves of Time: Identifying the Forces Against Us 81
5 The Simplification Questions: Reclaiming the Best by Removing the Rest 101
6 Hallucinated Urgency: Unhooking from the Culture of Now 121
Part III Applying the Principles
7 The Tool that Turned on Us: Defeating the Email Beast 147
8 How the Best Teams Talk: Elevating Our Communication 169
9 Meetings Done Better Experiencing the Gains of Getting Together 193
10 The White Space Team: Creating New Norms Together 215
11 Life Beyond Work: Don't Miss the Ride 239
Epilogue Under the Limestone Mountain 261