Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Busy - Tony Grabbe

My review of Tony Crabbe's Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much first appeared as a starred review for Shelf Awareness for Readers. I am posting it here today with their permission. This is a must for everyone who's ever felt they just had too much to do. Hope you enjoy!

First line: "How long does it take you to reach for your first shot of email each day?"

"Busy is a terrible brand," business psychologist Tony Crabbe advises in his profoundly motivational first book. In a world where people are continually inundated with more information, more demands, more opportunities, Crabbe says, "we should be consciously and deliberately choosing not to do things, killing off options in our lives and work to allow a greater focus on fewer things. Instead of choosing more, we should choose less, instead of gray, we should choose color." Busy proposes a realistic guide to undertaking less in order achieve a calmer, slower, more vibrantly fulfilling life.

The world has changed dramatically since the Industrial Age but people's strategies for coping and succeeding have not; Busy functions as a personal workbook encouraging the necessary adaptations for the Information Age. Crabbe advocates focusing on attention, core values, innovation and reconnecting while he discourages popular ideas such as time management and multi-tasking.

Presented in three sections: Mastery, Differentiation and Engagement, Busy offers wisdom from recognized studies, highly successful organizations and other research as well as Crabbe's own personal experiences and anecdotes. In addition to self-examination exercises throughout, including identifying core values and formulating a personal brand, each chapter ends with a summation of the big messages as well as constructive activities readers can do and experiment with in order to practice the concepts in their own lives.

Anyone who claims, "I'm too busy" can benefit from Crabbe's insights. Practical, concise and accessible, Busy is a book well worth making time for.

Busy is available in hardcover from Grand Central Publishing (9781455532988) and as an unabridged audio (9781478956440), narrated by the author, from Hachette Audio.

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