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Juliet Funt names the busyness epidemic that is rampant, especially in North America. And she gives very practical advice and tools in how to counter it. Specifically, creating 'white space', as she calls it, in our lives.
I have already begun to implement some of the practises and tools in order to take back my life and work. As a supervisor, I’ve invited a couple of my team members to read through this book in September so that, together, we can think about some habits we can change in our team in order to have a positive impact in our organization.
I think this is a book that I will come back to regularly, to remind myself of the tools and practices and to be inspired to change.
While this concept seems so easy to understand, the challenge is in the execution. Juliet gives the reader clear and deliberate tools to reclaim time in our busy lives. These tools and rules are simplified to be implemented in our professional and personal lives with the promise of being more present and productive.
By providing examples from her own life and revealing the ah-ha moments that helped her identify and shape these tools, she gives the reader assurance that they too can create more moments to think.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who just can't seem to find the time. It will help you assess your current state and guide you to evaluate and understand how to be more purposeful with the time you have and create space and time in places you thought impossible.
This book is thought-provoking (made me take a “minute to think”), useful (the frameworks are awesome for your work and personal life), and entertaining (I couldn’t put it down!). This is a must read for your personal and work life and a perfect toolset for any organization.
As someone who supports front line staff and leadership in health care, I'll be recommending this book to all my clients! Her elegant and practical approach to creating intentional moments is so critically needed for all of us. Her 'strategic pause' reference and insights can help those who feel the need to be productive and efficient while practicing self-care. I thoroughly enjoyed Juliet's content and writing style which is easy to digest and apply!
This book is a game-changer. It puts our addiction to busyness back into its proper place.
"A Minute To Think" identifies the source of and solution to the broad-based burnout that is plaguing our workplaces and provides us actionable steps to save our sanity and improve the quality of our work.
Juliet Funt is onto something simple and yet so profoundly needed. Take a minute to think, and you will make a greater impact.
Buy this book and get extra copies for every frenzied workoholic in your life.
Here is your chance to calm down the chaos, and reclaim your focus on your priorities. This book is full of ideas, but it’s also written in a very easy to learn manner. I would use a highlighter and dog-ear pages for this book, there will be tips to apply to your life. What does our busyness get us? I love the chapter summaries, “take a moment to think”, lists some key takeaways from the chapter, and also asks a reflective question. This makes the book very interactive amd applicable. Also, the footnotes at the end are amazing references, if you want to learn more about a topic it will be very easy to track down. One very actionable tip could transform meetings. She recommends that we model meetings at 45 or 50 minutes, versus 60. This gives travel time to the next meeting, time for a bio break, and potentially a few minutes of white space. This is great for you, but it’s also great for your team members and colleagues. This book is an excellent resource and reference. It will continue to be helpful for years to come. I think my minute for review is up!
Since reading this book I am beginning to see white space available all around me. Overlooked, I now literally see it in the printed page that makes the words visible to my reading eye. More importantly, I see white space available in the ways I engage with people and actually with myself.
Juliet observes reality with all its challenges. She uses picturesque words to brighten clarity, deepen understanding and bring hope for change at work and home. As I care for my forgetful 96 year old mother in her own home, I am challenged to use this time to create honorable moments in her present (sic) and build memories that I can carry on to my children (4) and grandchildren (16).