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The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

Tekijä: Christine Carter

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Psychology. Self-Improvement. Nonfiction. HTML:Learn how to achieve more by doing less! Live in that zone youve glimpsed but cant seem to hold on tothe sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.

Not long ago, Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeleys Greater Good Science Center and a speaker, writer, and mother, found herself exasperated by the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniquesprioritizing, multitasking, delegating, even nappingbut none really worked. Determined to create a less stressful life for herselfwithout giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at homeshe road-tested every research-based tactic that promised to bring more ease into her life. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest research related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, she followed every strategy that promised to give her more energyor that could make her more efficient, creative, or intelligent.

Her trials and errors are our reward. In The Sweet Spot, Carter shares the combination of practices that transformed her life from overwhelmed and exhausting to joyful, relaxed, and productive. From instituting daily micro-habits that save time to bigger picture shifts that convert stress into productive and creative energy, The Sweet Spot shows us how to

say no strategically and when to say yes with abandon
make decisions about routine things once to free our minds to focus on higher priorities
stop multitasking and gain efficiency
take recess in sync with the brains need for rest
use technology in ways that bolster, instead of sap, energy
increase your ratio of positive to negative emotions

Complete with practical easiest thing tips for instant relief as well as stories from Carters own experience of putting The Sweet Spot into action, this timely and inspiring book will inoculate you against The Overwhelm, letting you in on the possibilities for joy and freedom that come when you stop trying to do everything rightand start doing the right things.

ONE OF GREATER GOODS FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

[For fans] of a certain kind of self-improvement bookthe kind, like The Happiness Project or 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think or Getting Things Done, that offers up strategies for making certain areas of life work better without requiring that you embrace a new belief system.KJ DellAntonia, The New York Times (Motherlode blog)

A breath of fresh air . . . Based on personal experiments with living life in what she calls the pressure cooker, Dr. Carter offers advice in easily digestible nuggets.Working Mother

Carter gives actionable ways to balance your life, your health, and your career. This book is packed with smart advice and hard-earned wisdom.Inc.

Learn more about escaping the busyness trap and uncovering a happier, less stressed you.Shape

A highly readable, diligently researched advice book that offers concrete tips on how to get off the treadmill of busyness.Greater Good

Chock-full of concrete tips on how to sharpen your focus, improve your efficiency,...
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I found the first half pretty helpful, with good tips for how to evaluate and set up your time so that you spend less time on things you're less interested in doing and more time on the things that really matter. I was inspired to buy a small treadmill for under my desk so that I can walk while I work, a totally doable thing that solves a major problem for me (no perceived time to exercise).

I started chafing at the section about cultivating relationships. The author tries to connect this and other sections that are essentially about happiness to the theme of productivity by arguing that happier people are more efficient people, but it seemed like a stretch for this book as it is titled. The section on relationships gives you LOTS more to do: loving-kindness meditations, giving away money, and if you have no money to give, no problem – you can just raise some money to give. Do five-minute favors AND fifteen-minute favors. Write a gratitude letter. I was totally exhausted just reading about it. But that’s probably why I’m not very good at relationships. ( )
  Crae | Aug 25, 2022 |
Christine Carter is a happiness expert, in breadth. She covers a lot of ground in topics and studies. She has a lot of techniques and tricks to find that sweet spot. Her positivity shines from her writing. Still, I would not call her a happiness expert, in depth. The ideas felt basic. I get the idea she could have shared more or explored the ideas more. Nothing really wrong with the book. But to get to 4 stars, I require something more meaty for me to learn. ( )
  wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
this has some nice ideas, although many of them are for the more privileged set (maybe if you're reading this at all you're automatically in that group?) and really and truly wouldn't work for everyone. (i was hoping for a little more focused on managing work time, but just leaving when you run a business isn't really feasible. a lot of the suggestions aren't feasible for anyone who doesn't work a traditional job.) i know that the point is that it's hard to change patterns and make things different in your life, but so much of this just doesn't work for a lot of people.

and lots of it would. it's also nice that she puts in easy small steps that will help get someone started. so if you're resistant (as it would seem that i am) to the bigger changes or are unsure how to do them or make them work, she gives examples of small things that probably everyone really can do, and even if that's all that gets done, it's an improvement.

there's a lot of cited research, some of which i've seen around before. it's a nice compilation, actually, of some studies and reminders of some of them.

a lot of this came at a good time for me. there was some stuff about getting over grief or obstacles, about feeling your emotions and moving past things that are holding you back. i've felt almost completely paralyzed for the last 2 weeks so this was good to read, anyway.

"'We are all dying, some sooner, some later. The real exception is to truly live.' - Lee Lipsenthal, Enjoy Every Sandwich"

"...the Chinese symbol for busy is composed of two characters: heart and killing. In other words, busyness is devastating to our soul."

for a computerize gratitude journal, the app Happier.

"We humans are hardwired to remain with the herd even when we know, on some level, that the herd is leading us in the wrong direction. Say a researcher shows us two lines on a piece of paper, and one line is clearly shorter than the other. Then she asks us which line is longer. Alone, we will, of course, point to the obviously longer line: It's not a difficult question or a visual trick. But, if we are in a group of people who have already indicated to us that the shorter line is longer, three-quarters of us will not only say that the shorter line is longer but actually believe that the wrong answer is right." kind of how fox news and obviously fake news stories worked in this election cycle.

i also like the loving-kindness meditation that she suggests and walks us through, and will be trying to use, especially as i have a lot of opposite emotions about a lot of people right now, that's definitely interfering with my mood, level of engagement in the world and my life, and my happiness. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Nov 24, 2016 |
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Psychology. Self-Improvement. Nonfiction. HTML:Learn how to achieve more by doing less! Live in that zone youve glimpsed but cant seem to hold on tothe sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.

Not long ago, Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeleys Greater Good Science Center and a speaker, writer, and mother, found herself exasperated by the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniquesprioritizing, multitasking, delegating, even nappingbut none really worked. Determined to create a less stressful life for herselfwithout giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at homeshe road-tested every research-based tactic that promised to bring more ease into her life. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest research related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, she followed every strategy that promised to give her more energyor that could make her more efficient, creative, or intelligent.

Her trials and errors are our reward. In The Sweet Spot, Carter shares the combination of practices that transformed her life from overwhelmed and exhausting to joyful, relaxed, and productive. From instituting daily micro-habits that save time to bigger picture shifts that convert stress into productive and creative energy, The Sweet Spot shows us how to

say no strategically and when to say yes with abandon
make decisions about routine things once to free our minds to focus on higher priorities
stop multitasking and gain efficiency
take recess in sync with the brains need for rest
use technology in ways that bolster, instead of sap, energy
increase your ratio of positive to negative emotions

Complete with practical easiest thing tips for instant relief as well as stories from Carters own experience of putting The Sweet Spot into action, this timely and inspiring book will inoculate you against The Overwhelm, letting you in on the possibilities for joy and freedom that come when you stop trying to do everything rightand start doing the right things.

ONE OF GREATER GOODS FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

[For fans] of a certain kind of self-improvement bookthe kind, like The Happiness Project or 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think or Getting Things Done, that offers up strategies for making certain areas of life work better without requiring that you embrace a new belief system.KJ DellAntonia, The New York Times (Motherlode blog)

A breath of fresh air . . . Based on personal experiments with living life in what she calls the pressure cooker, Dr. Carter offers advice in easily digestible nuggets.Working Mother

Carter gives actionable ways to balance your life, your health, and your career. This book is packed with smart advice and hard-earned wisdom.Inc.

Learn more about escaping the busyness trap and uncovering a happier, less stressed you.Shape

A highly readable, diligently researched advice book that offers concrete tips on how to get off the treadmill of busyness.Greater Good

Chock-full of concrete tips on how to sharpen your focus, improve your efficiency,...

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