How Did I Get So Busy?: The 28-day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most

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Crown/Archetype, Dec 26, 2007 - Self-Help - 256 pages
Do you feel stressed, overworked, like you’re running on empty? Are you caught in the race to get it all done—with little time to enjoy the rewards life has to offer?

There’s no doubt about it: these days we are just too busy. With the conveniences of technology, we’re compelled to get more done in less time and end up constantly striving for the next thing – rarely stopping to consider if it’s something we even want. As a result, we end up missing out on the things that truly matter: our relationships, the activities we love, quiet time to reflect and replenish our energy.

Valorie Burton’s How Did I Get So Busy? is the solution for anyone who feels perpetually overwhelmed and overworked: a simple, effective 28-day program to help you rediscover your true priorities, shift out of overdrive, and reclaim your life and schedule. Built around Burton’s “Ten Commandments of Self-Care,” each day presents an easy-to-follow task to help you strip away the meaningless activities that occupy your time and make room for what nourishes you--mind, body, and spirit. The tasks are simple but yield big rewards:

Take a full hour for lunch
Set “no-email” periods
Add fun goals to your to-do list
End your day “on purpose” – meaning that you decide when to leave the office, head home, and fall asleep.

Uplifting and inspiring, How Did I Get So Busy? offers an easy way to be rid of the busywork that fills our days and rediscover the life you’ve always wanted.

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I couldn't wait to get through the 28 day journey that this book took me on. Valerie's message is powerful and life changing. Going through the book was equivalent to meeting with a life coach, but so ... Read full review

How did I get so busy?: the 28-day plan to free your time, reclaim your schedule, and reconnect with what matters most

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Rather than offer a quick fix, author and life coach Burton (What's Really Holding You Back?: Closing the Gap Between Where You Are and Where You Want To Be) proposes a self-care lifestyle in which ... Read full review


Introduction Ilow Busy Are You
Assess Your Situation
Create Deliberate Daily Rituals
Tame Your ToDo List
Set Your Personal Priority Criteria l51
Take Time to Gain Perspective
Celebrate Your Milestones
Respect the Pace of Others
Being Busy Being Significant
Allow Space for What You Want
Stop Striving Start Trusting
Day Z7 Dont Fight Every Battle
Dont Miss the joumey
Conclusion A New Lifestyle

Stop So You Can Catch
Finally Break Your Procrastination Habit
I Learn to Manage Your Household j Automate and Delegate
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Valorie Burton is a personal life coach and motivational speaker, and the author of Listen to Your Life, What’s Really Holding You Back, Why Not You? and Rich Minds, Rich Rewards. She has served clients in more than thirty states and seven countries and appeared widely in the national media. Visit her at

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