Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much
It's difficult to ask anybody 'How are you?' without hearing the word 'busy' somewhere in their response. We feel overwhelmed by busyness because of the demands on our time: our inbox and our to-do list are bulging, a huge amount of people expect things from us and our organisations are trying to do more with fewer people.
But it doesn't have to be that way. In reality, bu...more
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1- I didn't get bored or demotivated while reading, on contrary
2- I loved the reference stories that were related and inspiring
3- The book was divided well
4- At the end of each chapter, a summary was provided + a go do & an experiment to try
This is slowly but surely is opening my eyes on new things I'm excited to apply. ...more
Active resistance against the norm of mediocrity builds your commitment to your cause.
1. Use the Word “Because”
2. Switch Off
3. Turn Off the Notifier
4. Kill a Meeting
5. Think of the Time… and Double It
This is something known in psychology as the planning fallacy. We overestimate how much we can do, endowing ourselves with greater intellectual and focusing capabilities than we really have, and ignore all the contextual factors that could get in our way.
6. Watch the Clock
7. Finish on ...more
Ping Ping Ping... the world is calling, it demands our attention, and we can't ignore it. We have work to do, emails to write, calls to make. At home there are meals to make, shelves to fix, bins to put out. And when we relax we have people to see, films to watch, news to read. This is busyness, and it's a problem.
Crabbe takes us on a ...more
A must read for anyone that has ever felt there are too many things to do and not enough hours to do them.
With an engaging working style full of great anecdotes, Crabbe has crafted what will undoubtedly be a core book for business moving forward. Each chapter also has a gr ...more
Constantly putting real life studies and psychological terms in this book really made it stand out. He clearly shows that living an efficient life has nothing to do with how you manage your time, but clearly how you manage the things you spend your time on. It definitely lays down a clear path on how to rid all the unnecessary busyness in life. Great book if your looking to prioritize your time.
Thanks Tony Crabbe!
The first 1/3rd resonated with me with its focused message that I haven't read elsewhere. The middle 1/3rd descended at times into rehashing material that has been more thoroughly explored in other contemporary Pop-Sci books. Not the author's fault that I've read those books--I'm just personally burnt out o ...more
It contained lots of insight into how we can stop being so busy and live a more rewarding life which leaves time for the things that we really want to do.
A great read if you want to seriously look at changing your life to one which is much less busy.
- "We are not to blame when we can’t do it all. We should, however, blame ourselves if we allow our output to be externally driven. We are right to feel guilty when we get to the end of a day and have failed to work on what s important".
- "The truth is, every choice has a consequence. Each time you choose something, you unchoose something else".
- "I would a ...more
It's a very important book to anyone trying to improve their life in the 21st Century.
I first heard of the book via the Duct Tape Marketing podcast - Be Less Busy And More Productive when Tony Crabbe was interviewed.
Listen to the interview, then buy the book.
Most highly recommended. ...more
The problem I had with this book, is that I had just finished reading Jeff Sutherlands ‘Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time’. A book within the same world of thought though far superiorly written. J Sutherland was able to use the centre piece of his life’ ...more
Some of my favorites are his push back on productivity & time management. These are business buzz words, and have been for a long time, but they don’t really work for us. Tony instead recommends managing attention and bei ...more
This is a book about managing the modern scourge of business.
When you ask anybody how they are doing, they'll tell you they are ”busy”. The result is too many of us dashing around, doing too much and neglecting the important things in life - such as out health, friends and family.
The author shares advice on improving your productivity, and reducing your busyness, all backed by Scientific research.
This is an extremely well researched book. It ...more
Finally I decided to drop this book. It just took me too damn long to get through it and I did not enjoy reading it.
I feel like the tips in this book are only partially useful, are just not applicable for me at all. The general message of this book is to say "no" to more things at work: no at that annoying weekly meeting, no at taking your job home to work and no to notifications that pop-up at the corner of your screen. With these tips you should be able to create more time for the tasks th ...more
He gives tips on accomplishing things by creating good habits, making good choices and managing our attention rather than constantly striving to do more. He also points out t ...more
The research and referencing other people’s work is stong plus for me. There are very sensible point of work, some of them that I read before and therefore are validating for me quality of others. This can also lead to further research into point mentioned in the book.
It feels to me as ine of the books that have lengetivity. That you will read ...more
Otherwise, it is very likely the most useful applied psychology reading I have ever read. It is short, straight-to-the-point, and scientifically valid. Even his anecdotes are convincing. Not only that he covers a broad variety of issues with the same theme on well-being, every segment is a ...more
Particularly enjoyed the Engagement section, which really moved me - on how to be present with other people and our children. Made me feel a little sad about the times I have paused my young daughter in the past, rather than stopping the online task I was carrying out which really could have waited.
In some parts I found it repeated ...more
However, after reading books such as Flow, Thinking fast and slow, The happiness advantage or Getting things done it was not mind blowing.
Tony Crabbe does a great compilation of many books and shares extra ideas and personal experiences.
Throughout the pages you can find many insights on how to stop being busy living a more fulfilling and rewarding life.
Definitely a good choice in terms of personal development and inspiration both for personal and profession ...more
Some things that I’m definitely taking forward and overall a mantra that I think many people could benefit from considering.