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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!
When we say we ought learn from our mistakes and then go to say the wise learn from others, well it takes generous people to share their mistakes and more importantly how they have grown and corrected them.
That is this book. Mismanaging our time, energy, passions and resources and sleeping in the bed of those consequences is common to just about everyone. So we all stand to learn (and I have learned and begun implementing) what this book says.
The advice here is written with humility and a teaching heart that says, "let's learn from my mistakes".
Very good, very good value. Thank you for writing it.
I've read productivity books regularly since I was in my 20s, and this is the first new concept I've come across in a long time. I first encountered Carey Nieuwhof's "energy management" approach in an online course he offered a few years ago. It has taken time to live into this new way of thinking, but I can confirm that it has been revolutionary for my life. I now work with a spreadsheet open next to me to plan the best use of my ebbing and flowing energy and am amazed at how my "green zone," well used, makes even my yellow and red zones more productive.
Even though I was already familiar with the material, in this book, these ideas reach their finest form. Not only has the concept reached a beautiful maturity, but the quality of the writing is superb. As one who writes regularly myself, part of the joy of this book was admiring the craft.