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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff at Work (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)

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Millions of people have enjoyed Richard Carlson's national bestsellers that tell how not to let the small things in life get the best of them. Now, in Don't Sweat the Small Stuff At Work, he tells listeners how to interact more peaceably and joyfully with colleagues, clients, and bosses.

Spending forty hours or more a week in an office, along with rush dealings, heavy workl

Hardcover, 284 pages
Published March 20th 2010 by MJF Books (first published 1998)
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Ryan Dejonghe
Mar 11, 2014 Ryan Dejonghe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not one of those super-inspiring, revolutionary business books with catchy titles like “Who Moved My Cheese” or “Seven Habits”. This is one of those books that you get into your office early, flip on a low-light source, sip some coffee, and read a few chapters. It’ll inspire you to be a better person throughout the day. At least, that’s how I did it.

I think the author followed the same pattern in writing the book as I did reading it—in slow chunks, bit-by-bit. The chapters bounce fr
Sep 25, 2010 adllto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ologies, general
I've dipped into this book over the years and basic commonsense we need to hear especially when stressed. As I declutter it's time for this book to go out the front door, which is rather ironic.

Some pieces of wisdom I'd like to note. 1/ Dare to be Happy i.e. actually enjoy what you are doing. 2/ Make Friends with Your Receptionist i.e. there are key people who can make your life easier and less stressed who you may not think important. In my studies it has been often the librarian. 3/ Create a
Jul 03, 2011 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. Of course, some of it was common sense - but even the best of us need to be reminded of common sense sometimes! :-) Other portions were thought-provoking and made you look at the world or circumstances in a different way. As I have been reading the book and implementing some changes in my life, I have seen improvements in the way I deal with people and the way they respond. Now that I have completed the book, I can see myself reading a chapter a day as reminders (the ...more
Dave Donahoe
It took longer to read than I thought. But...hey, I'm not gonna sweat it.
Sujata Sahni
The book has a lot of simple formulae to make your everyday work less stressful and more meaningful. Learn to delegate, make someone else feel good, don't let your own thoughts sress you out, stop procastinating, let go of battles that cannot be won, see beyond the roles, when you solicit advice consider taking it, don't be too quick to comment, never ever backstab, stop scrambling, recover quickly, be aware of the potentially stressful effects of your promises, realise the powere of rapport, re ...more
Nov 29, 2009 Dene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting food for thought.

Easy to read (chapters are 2-3 pages on average) so can can read snippets over breakfast or during a break.

While a lot of it is what you might already (un)common sense, I would recommend it for reminding you so you don't have to think about it.
Nov 25, 2012 Laurel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been my first small stuff book. It has made such a difference in how I view my workday. I liked it so much I'm ordering the daily affirmations book. I need constant reminders or I WILL sweat the small stuff.
Patti Clement
Another great collection of wisdom by the author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff! Same format with 100 brief excerpts of wisdom for the workplace. My favorite is # 84....Make Peace with Chaos.....
Tim Gannon
Jan 15, 2013 Tim Gannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology-mind
This was written by Richard Carlson - he has written a number of books along the same line across the years - I was sad to just learn that he passed away in December 2006 of a pulmonary embolism - He had a PhD and also worked as a psychotherapist - I find his texts to be very useful and practical - I think they can enhance one's life, especially if you apply his suggestions - they can work equally well at helping your patients in their struggles with life - He is quite easy to read and understan ...more
Nov 14, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
"People who feel appreciated are happier, less-stressed, and more loyal than those who feel taken for granted. Overall, they are harder workers and are excellent team players. They quit less often, show up on time, get along with other, exhibit abundant creativity, and strive for excellence. Conversely, people who are (or even feel) unappreciated often feel resentful and lose their enthusiasm for their work..."

Richard Carlson breaks his advice regarding work and stress into 100 small chapters, e
Mike Sambuco
May 16, 2012 Mike Sambuco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't have any expectations about this starting off, but was quickly impressed and drawn into this book. For me it was a time of comparison and introspection dealing with many of the chapters. I liked the short chapters, which made great lunchtime reading at mid-day, while getting away from the work environment, but thinking about work issues. I got a lot out of it, and have changed some of my habits and thinking because of it, which has helped to improve my daily attitude and outlook -- whic ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jen by: Noelle
Shelves: work-related
I liked this one just as much as his other one Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life. He includes some simple techniques to help relax about certain situations at work and outside of work. There were others that sounded good, but will take time to figure out how to do.

If you're looking to be more content at your place of work, I recommend this book.
Dec 07, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 01, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't help but feel like watching Harry Potter after reading this book. I think it's because the way it is written reminds me of Gilderoy Lockhart. The book shares so many stories of what success he's had but they come across as "yeah right - you're just taking the credit." There are a few decent tips, but many are vague. "Reduce your stress." Duh - tell me how, not how perfect YOU are.

I started reading this a long time ago when some aspects of work were stressing me out. Those aspects have s
Nov 29, 2009 Dolly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like self-help books
This was the second "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" book I've read. They are fairly similar, and although I'm not a big fan, they do have a positive message. Of the 100 snippets of advice offered in this book, I'd say about 75 of them say pretty much the same thing. But it's a good book about staying positive and everyone can use a reminder of that once in awhile. And since each topic is only 2-4 short pages, I kept this book in my car and read it while waiting around or if I was stuck in a traffi ...more
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Afsha Makhani
Feb 05, 2016 Afsha Makhani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good advice but I found the author rather sheltered in terms of various workplaces. I found he also offered advice that was not useful but only made one more upset such as being kind to those who serve you--what if you are the server?? He also stated that most things aren't stressful but certain ones are and stated that being fired is one of them then goes on to explain how not to swear that other stuff-most people stress about work because they are afraid they will ultimately get fired!
Jan 02, 2014 Dean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good practical advice to get your through work. I know for me who was having a hard time coming to work every day, there were some valuable chapters that helped me be more positive. The book is good for skimming and picking out areas that apply to you.
Jul 01, 2012 Janine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I completely forgot I owned this book until I was looking for books to get rid of to use as kindling for my fire. I ended up re reading the book again and there are some really good points that I have realised I now use at work.
I don’t think it has really empowered me to feel better about my job situation but it has definitely helped me.
May 06, 2012 Bret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my employees recommended this book and I think I really needed to read this right now. My work has been quite stressful, and this was very useful to help me regain some balance and perspective. It is a fairly quick read put into small chapters - some of which you can skip if you don't have an interest in them. I really liked this book.
I tend to stress the small stuff. By taking time to read a tip or two each morning before starting the work day, I managed to reduce how often those little things would stress me out. While this book may not be for everyone, you are bound to learn a thing or two that can help make your response to workday stresses just a little bit easier.
Mrs. Riding
I enjoyed reading snippets over breakfast in an attempt to make it through the harrowing first few weeks of the new school year. After awhile though it seemed to repeat itself and became tiresome. I have enjoyed the Small Stuff Series, but I didn't really finish this one cover to cover. Gave me some good food for thought to start a few days.
There are actually quite a few really good tidbits in this one. There are a 100 tips, and some aren't great, as expected, but some are actually really good, and I have since applied them to my life to great success. I would just read one a day, or even every few days, so it took me a long time to finish it, but it was very worth it.
Jul 09, 2012 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book so helpful, I love to revisit it often, and go back to specific sections for guidance through various situations. If you manage people, then you SHOULD read this... If you want to change the people you work with, then first you must change yourself... Full of such beneficial wisdom that I proved worked every time.
The tip that really sticks out to me is to make room for incompetence. You can get mad about it and throw a fit and yell, but it's not going to change anything, you know? It's not saying incompetence is ok, but encountering it is inevitable and you should be ok with that.
Oct 04, 2010 Aileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long overdue in reading this one! It gave me a couple of ideas to carry into the office, and had some I've been doing for a while anyway. An enjoyable read, but if I spent my work day trying to practice everything in the book, I'd never get any work done!
Sheral Berrie
Apr 25, 2013 Sheral Berrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'v learned so much from this book. It's helped me in dealing with stress and in making the most of a day.

It's helped me to see my self defeating behaviors and how devastating a person's own mind talk can be.

It's well worth reading!
Aug 12, 2011 Nikita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thinking, self-help
This book is really amazing if you have problems at work. Mine are mostly self induced with conflicts with bosses and co-workers, so I feel this book helped to change my outlook and attitude. Worth having a read, for sure!
May 22, 2013 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't read it cover to cover but took away some helpful tips from what I did read. This is the kind of book to have lying around to dip into from time to time; it's a bit much to read cover to cover.
Troy Espe
Dec 20, 2012 Troy Espe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't discover my inner child by reading this book, but the commonsense advice got me through a rough patch at work. I still employ some of the simple strategies years later.
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Richard Carlson Ph.D. was an author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker, who rose to fame with the success of his best-selling book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff (1997).

He met and married Kristine Anderson (Kris Carlson) in 1981 while he was a student at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Carlson published his first book in 1985, but became famous when his Do
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