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The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  3,023 ratings  ·  388 reviews
Every woman has had this experience: you get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you. And if you go days, weeks, or even months in this cycle, you begin to feel like you have lost a bit of yourself.

While life is busy with a litany of must-dos--work, child-rearing, keeping house, grocery shopping, laundry and on and on--women do not have to push their own
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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EDIT: as I'm still getting likes on this review, I would like to update it to say I had my first child in July 2018, so I am chock full of motherly and matronly wisdom, and this book still sucks.

This book just didn't click for me. It is probably because I don't have any children, and if I do have children some day I'm pretty sure I'll have zero compunction about telling them to go fuck off because I want some alone-time. My (stay-at-home) mom I know had little problem with this, she used to jus
May 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had a lot of thoughts and feelings after this book. But it isn't Turner's fault. She writes beautifully and the book made me feel better when I held it.

But it is hard when the lesson is being given by someone who actually still does it all. ALL. Turner is a formidable role model in the world of Supermom. Although she eschews the pop culture image, she kind of is the image. In fact, her bio short on her website says that she is guilty of juggling too much and loving it. I think I am tired of ju
I requested (and was given this advanced reading copy of) this book with a skeptical heart, as I do with most books. I knew and Jessica Turner's writing style since I have been following her blog and her social media sites for a few years. However, I was a bit skeptical on what she was going to write in so many thousands of words about the topic she chose for her first book. Honestly, this is probably the best topic she could have chosen.
Her book addresses to the over busy woman, the one that ha
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed listening to Jessica Turner be interviewed on two different podcasts and was inspired by what she had to say and agreed with her message. However, I did not find her book to be as inspiring as listening to her. I find this to be the case sometimes. I really enjoy a speaker but that doesn't transfer to their writing.

Perhaps this is because the first two sections were devoted to trying to persuade women that making time for their gifts is important. I already whole-heartedly agree with t
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this book. I agree with the message that we as women need to make time for ourselves and that we take on too much at a time. We lose sight of ourselves and spend our time taking care of everyone else at the expense of our own needs. This book was written as a means of overcoming that and finding the time we need or time for "self-care" as the author puts it. I totally agree and appreciate some of the suggestions Turner makes for how to do that.

As I read the book, how
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this first book from Jessica Turner. I have followed her blog and social media for years. The book is a pretty fast read and offers plenty of space to stop and think about how you can apply the concepts.

While I feel like I was already utilizing fringe hours (my daily 5am workouts!) Jessica helped me to see there are so many other fringe moments that I am not taking advantage off. The ten or fifteen minute pockets of time where I would normally waste on facebook could be better
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Here I am in some Fringe Hours doing something I love—taking time to think about what I’ve read and capture a few thoughts. I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the author, Jessica’s ideas about making time for important things, I actually do. I layer. I am never not prepared with something I enjoy doing if I have a spare minute. A book, or writing a note to someone, are my go tos. Purposeful multi-tasking is also something I enjoy…you will often find me folding laundry or doing cooking pre ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
2.0 Stars

I checked out this book because I love reading about time management and work-life balance. However, this book fell short of my expectations. I felt like the book didn't add any new ideas and most of the advice was very generalized. I did appreciate some sections, which hit home, such as the importance of saying 'no' and prioritizing the activities I most value.

The book included numerous quotes from the author's blog followers, which I found pretty uninteresting. If I wanted to read bl
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, 2014
Here's the deal. I don't really need to read books like this because I actually do most of what she suggests. And I didn't like the tone of the book. And how she kept referring to the survey.
However, I do think this book would be helpful for some women. But I prefer "168 Hours" as a better paradigm shift on using your time.
Kathleen E.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner, © 2015

Just because something is a good thing doesn’t mean it is good for this moment in your life.
--The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, 31

So much wisdom in this statement. We think we have to do it all. The seasons in your life will bring many pleasures. Don't get knotted in the "woulda', coulda', shoulda', oughta'" regrets and looking back, wishing a do-over. Enjoy your today, where you are. Don't sacrifice fa
Jaclyn Day
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
The message of this book is so important. Self-care: we need to do more of it. Though the book talks to mothers specifically, self-care is a global need. We need to try and find the time to make ourselves feel whole again. A great message. A noble message, even. Unfortunately, this book is too trite to do more than scratch the surface of the problem. It’s incredibly vanilla and also assumes pretty significant reader privilege–it reads like one long, Pinterest-friendly blog post. The thesis here ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise of the book is sound - people these days are trying to cram so much into their lives that the quietude of both diary and soul required to focus on re-creation is never found. There are a ton of books available on restructuring your life in order to achieve a sense of fulfilment, and most of them do the same thing - they give you lots of anecdotes and a bucket of homilies alongside instructions to write down memories of when you were happy, lists of things that you like, don't like, a ...more
Angela Sangalang
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
In this season of my life, a lot of Jessica Turner's suggestions do not apply to me, but I still found her book very helpful and know that it would continue to be a tremendous help as I move into different seasons of life. The parts that applied to me have helped me gain new perspectives on life and my attitudes on life. Turner did a lot of research and interviews for this book, which are incorporated seamlessly in the overall story she tells. It's great to read direct quotes from many women abo ...more
Sarah Swann
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this! I have noticed that during my daily routines, I'm recognizing my free time and how I'm spending my fringe hours. I'm making better decisions on what to do and when and really trying to eliminate my wasted time. Not all of these practices are a reality for me, but we are all different. I really did enjoy this! ...more
Sarah Paschall
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don’t think the book offers any revolutionary truths, at least for me and probably many of you. But it does make a solid case for why women need to carve out time to pursue their passions. This book would be great to place in the hands of a woman you know who gives, gives, gives without ever thinking of herself. A woman who might even consider it just wrong to do something for herself. This woman needs The Fringe Hours.

I have a couple issues with the book. One is that she repeatedly refers to
I once had a boss who said the way to measure whether or not it had been worth going to a conference was if at the end you walked away with even just one really good idea to put into practice. That's how I'll measure "The Fringe Hours."

The premise of the book centers on the notion that mothers MUST make time for their own pursuits and self-care, lest they completely burn-out. For some people this might be a revelation, but most of my contemporaries (and their partners) are on-board with this phi
Teri Underwood
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In The Fringe Hours, Jessica writes honestly about why it matters that we make time for ourselves and offers some very practical ideas for how to carve out that time in the fringe hours of our days. Early in the book she writes,

“When you make room in your schedule to breathe, you make room for you—and that is the key to discovering fringe hours.”

Making room in my schedule for time to breathe … I love that and I believe it is a truth more women need to embrace.

The Fringe Hours is like a conversat
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-faith
Several bloggers that I follow recommended this book and it was a good read, full of good reminders. Written for mothers, Turner emphasized the importance of self-care, rest, and pursuing what makes you come alive. Her book truly is comprehensive as she begins with exploring and discovering what you are passionate about and pursue "if only...". Then, she offers ideas for maximizing time spent towards restoring oneself or pursuing one's passions. She concludes with "living well" - sharing sentime ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Oh how I wish I had read this book as a young wife/mother! Jessica Turner identified the guilt, pressure, jealousy, comparisons and doubts that plague women today and how they influence the ways we spend our time. Those of us with several different roles to juggle sacrifice time for ourselves in order to "be everything for everyone else." Our interests, hobbies, the things that make our hearts beat in anticipation and joy become sacrifices made in futile efforts to be the ideal wife, the best mo ...more
Sarah Kesterson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to find my fringe hours by NOT finishing this book. Too much emphasis on being superwoman and using every moment, mostly to have more time for "self-care". (She used that term so many times, I wanted to stab myself in the eye.) I was looking for something to help me feel less overwhelmed, not feeling the pressure to use every second. Or the other option, which was to ignore it all to take care of myself. Except I already know how to do that, and it's not working. I also felt many of ex ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I often feel, as I'm sure plenty of people do, that there just aren't enough hours in the day and that I don't prioritize the things I want to do enough. This book gave great perspective on how important it is to set aside time for yourself, to spend in whatever way you see fit, while also giving great pointers on how to utilize down time, multitask, and be effective with the amount of time we're given with our busy schedules. The only problem I had with this book was that the majority of person ...more
Mary Kenyon
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I don't have time." Invariably in the writing workshops I teach, someone in the room will lament a lack of time for writing, usually a mom with young children. That is when I pull out a photo I had enlarged and laminated, and pass it around the room. There I am in 1994, sitting in front of a typewriter, a baby in a backpack peeking over my shoulder as I type away. This was the glamourous life of a writer; a homeschooling mom of five at the time (I went on to have three more children). I found t ...more
Jackie Linkous
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is, without a doubt, one of the most life-changing books I've ever read. I gobbled up every word and answered every question (in a separate notebook). I will read this book again and again - we are worth taking care of. Yes ladies, we need to take the time for self-care. We are worth it!

Step 1 for me is to set my craft table back up this weekend and commit to a project. Step 2 is to schedule time regularly to work on that project to fill my cup so I can continue to give to others!
Jan 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
For a book that promises so many things, it is a little sad that it barely delivers.

It's too long — the advice contained within it could have done without accompaniment from two to four women the author somehow interacted with — and preachy.

And, what saddened me most of all, the advice within the book is nothing earth-shattering or innovative, and overlaps eerily with a lot of Emilie Barnes's books.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first 1/3 was good, but the second 2/3 was not worth reading, suggesting I do such things as get more sleep and drink more water. I really liked her later book, "Stretched Too Thin", but now I'm going to go back to that one and figure out what was so different that I liked it so well. ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I’m not a huge fan of the self care terminology but this book provided some helpful and practical ways of maximizing the “fringe hours” of our day. It definitely helped motivate me to find those moments throughout the day to invest in myself and my interests/passions so that I am more filled up and have more to give back to those who need things from me. Solid 3.5 stars from me.
Abbi Strader
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote down my average weeks responsibilities and after 15 line items I quit. As a mom, wife, friend, co worker, I need to better understand the value of my fringe hours. Jessica Turner helped me evaluate where I could make changes, what was important and what to stop putting energy into. As Jessica says, “If it isn’t Heck Yes! Then it’s no.”
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Recommended to Relyn by: Who didn't. This book and the author were everywhere and on nearly every podcast I love.
For a book I heard about everywhere, I found this one to be... MEH. Just - Ho Hum.

In my opinion, save your own fringe hours for something more productive and/or pleasurable than this book. Try something by Gretchen Rubin, maybe.
Tiffany Anderson
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great, practical book that helps to analyze and discover what you love to do and helps in finding time to do it!
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Probably 3.5 stars. This is probably the third similar book I've read in the pandemic and initially I thought I was just going to be mad that my kids only go to school 2 days a week and how I can't get stuff done, but it turned out better to think about ways I can do the things that will recharge me. She had good suggestions and helpful ways to change how I look at my fringe hours. ...more
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