Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination, and the Endless Pursuit of Balance

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9780972203562: Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination, and the Endless Pursuit of Balance

We say we want to better manage our time but what do we really mean? Do we mean we seek to tame the daily chaos? Are we afraid of how time seems to fly?

Author Julia Scatliff O'Grady set out on a journey to discover how we might experience the gift of time on our own terms. She met with many settling on 10 singular people with a variety of professions and life circumstances. She listened and she questioned and she listened some more. What she heard was not just a clock ticking, but something perhaps even promising, something as prescriptive as it is philosophical.

The key could be as these profiles of 10 GOOD BUSY people attest to name our own philosophies of being GOOD BUSY.

Among the 10 approaches to being GOOD BUSY:

TUNNEL Live by a metaphor.

SLIVER Move beyond procrastination.

GEOLOGICAL Take the long view.

HUNT Discover the source of your business.

From these 10 approaches, we may borrow directly, cobble together, or, better yet, become inspired to identify and name our own approach to being GOOD BUSY.

PRAISE FOR GOOD BUSY:

Julia Scatliff O'Grady made the time to step back and think deeply about how we use time itself. She helps us see that much of the change we d like to create in our lives and in the world around us begins with changing how we think about time. O'Grady packs the book with learnings that are personal, provocative, practical, and ultimately deeply spiritual. What more can a great book do than help you think anew about how to live your life?
—Bill Shore, The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back

O'Grady has assembled a true diversity of folks to enlighten us in GOOD BUSY. Their lessons learned about time, rendered in precise and elegant language, make this book an absolute treasure that will captivate anyone who has ever wondered: Why don t I have more time?
—Faulkner Fox, Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life

In a world of constant change, growing distractions, and information deluge, it is so easy to end up multi-tasking ourselves into exhaustion. Julia s book has some important reminders and practical lessons on how to shift the balance in our lives from bad busy to good busy.
—Heather McLeod Grant, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High Impact Non-Profits

O'Grady s beautifully drawn portraits of 10 busy people were a mirror for my own busyness. I learned a lot and I am sure you will too.
—Mark Gerzon, Leading Through Conflict and American Citizen, Global Citizen

O'Grady cuts right to the heart of the matter of time and how we live our lives. GOOD BUSY is full of truths that speak to wherever we are on the journeys and whoever we are. Some of the practices already leapt off the page and seared themselves into my daily life.
—Claudia Horwitz, The Spiritual Activist

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About the Author:

Julia Scatliff O'Grady s abiding interest in time may owe in part to her great aunts and great uncles, who worked on the Elgin Watch factory assembly line during the early days of the wristwatch. As a young college graduate, O'Grady traveled to campuses throughout the United States, recruiting volunteers who would become the catalysts for Americorps. She heard as much enthusiasm as she heard another chorus: "I'm not sure I have the time." The PhD candidate in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, now a mother of two children, found a calling: to discover the source of our busyness and understand what it might mean to be GOOD BUSY.

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