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This book is a very quick and easy read on a very important topic: time management, or more accurately, energy management. There are a lot of other books that go to great depths about this but if you're someone who wants ideas on what you could change without the theory, then this is a very useful book for you.
I am younger leader in his mid-thirties who is trying my best to navigate work, life, family, marriage etc… all in the shadow of post Covid-19 world. This book was a God-send for me. I’ve read tons of books and articles on self care, leadership, and time-management. And to be honest, I usually find those sorts of books leaving me feeling like I’m always going to fall short. NOT THIS BOOK! Nieuwhof writes from the place of vulnerability of his own burn out and struggle to escape the stress cycle. Nieuwhof helpfully pays attention to our limitations in a way that helps the reader hardest the gifts they have. If you’re looking for a book that will help you lead and work in your humanity— and not apart from it—- then this is the book.
I love what Carey puts out - whether podcasts, blogs, or in this case book. I have worked in leadership positions for many years but currently have begun homeschooling my children (twins 8 and 10 year old). As I began unpacking this book for myself, I realized the value of my kids learning these principles. I tailored the material for them and had them do the worksheets provided. We are actually restructuring our school day based on our green zones. Game changer! I love that I am giving my kids skills that will set them up for success as adults. Carey is an amazing communicator whose curiosity unlocks learning opportunities in unexpected places. Highly recommend this book and his podcast!
Having completed this book and listened to a number of Carey’s podcasts and interviews on the topic AND beginning to apply the principles I can see a monumental shift in my ability to not just cope with my life, but rather to get things done and enjoy time with my family. The key is so simple but the application can be tricky. Get your life back, do what he says!
Ich gehöre zu den Leuten, die ihr Leben sehr genau gestalten müssen, um alles auf die Reihe zu bekommen. Ich leite eine große Kirchengemeinde, möchte eine gute Zeit mit meiner Familie und meinen Freunden verbringen und zugleich meinen Interessen nachgehen. Auf eine Empfehlung habe ich dieses Buch wahrgenommen und gelesen. Da ich bereits sehr bewusst mein Leben gestalte, habe ich nicht mehr so viele neue Impulse erwartet. Hier und da eine Optimierung. Aber das Buch ist wirklich gut und sehr inspirierend geschrieben. Es hat mir geholfen, noch einmal mein Sein und Tun zu reflektieren. Sicherlich zu diesem Thema eines der besten Bücher, die es auf dem internationalen Markt gibt.
Last year, the time management genre added two highly acclaimed books to its repertoire — Redeeming Your Time and At Your Best. Still, on a high from reading Jordan Raynor’s Redeeming Your Time masterpiece, I was hopeful that Carey Nieuwhof’s At Your Best would live up to the hype as well. Unfortunately, it did not shine quite so brightly.
"The wrong things will always want your attention. It’s your job to focus on the right things." ~ Carey Nieuwhof
For years, Carey Nieuwhof found himself burning out with his many responsibilities as pastor, father, husband, employer, counselor, and more. He wondered how he could get everything done with so many hats to dawn in a day. “There’s just not enough time in the day,” he would say. However, after realizing that he had the same amount of time in the day as, say, the President of the United States or his greatest role model, Carey learned that it’s not so much about how much time we have but how we’re utilizing our energy to complete specific tasks each day. Believing that he has cracked the code of burnout and time management, Carey Nieuwhof complied his discoveries into At Your Best so others could benefit as well…
"The first step to focusing your time is to start telling the truth about time. Stop saying you don’t have the time. Start admitting you didn’t make the time... I had the time. I just didn’t take it. I was time rich. But I felt like I was broke." ~ Carey Nieuwhof
I think it was pretty presumptuous for Carey to preach that this book would radically change everyone’s lives. Don’t get me wrong, there were some great pearls to find, and I’m sure many people have benefited from reading At Your Best; however, I couldn’t help noticing the lack of the Holy Spirit in his writing and examples. Considering that Carey Nieuwhof was a pastor for so many years, I was surprised at his desire to reach all audiences rather than explain how God has used these revelations for His glory. I feel like there could’ve been more depth and connection within the pages had this been Carey’s approach.
"Doing what you’re best at when you’re at your best unlocks potential and freedom on a scale that shocks a lot of people who try it. It has the potential to change everything." ~ Carey Nieuwhof
While I wasn’t enthralled by this book, I did enjoy Carey Nieuwhof‘s points on being aware of your energy levels and using the time when your energy is at its highest to complete your top priorities rather than waste it on small jobs that take little to no energy or brain power. I also liked his section on recognizing that most people don’t consider your time when needing something, so boundaries are essential because our time has worth and shouldn’t be dictated by other people’s agendas. That said, we should always be open to the Lord’s interruptions and have grace when we are taken away from our tasks. It’s okay to serve others over ourselves, but we need to be aware when people start to take advantage and think our time is not as precious as theirs!
"Hijacked priorities happen when you allow other people to determine what you get done." ~ Carey Nieuwhof
So, what are my overall thoughts on At Your Best? I liked reading it with my accountability group and discussing the topics with them every other week. Nevertheless, you won’t find me raving about this book. In my eyes, the reigning champion of the time management genre remains Redeeming Your Time, though there are always pearls to find in whatever we read, listen to, or watch.
"In the end, who you’re becoming is so much more important than what you’re doing." ~ Carey Nieuwhof