A Success Best Book of 2015
Business psychologist Tony Crabbe outlines a unique three-step approach to combating one of the modern life's great problems: being too busy. BUSY is divided into four digestible sections-Mastery, Differentiation, and Engagement-that will teach readers how to switch from managing time to managing attention, how to transition toward a career strategy that doesn't hinge on productivity, how to think differently about success by re-engaging with what matters, and how to create the impetus, energy, and clarity to put all these changes into effect. Crabbe draws on entertaining psychological studies to show why we're getting it wrong at the moment and to develop a fresh new approach to taking back one's life from chaotic outside forces. Rarely has a book been more timely in both its scope and in its immediate impact.
Business psychologist Crabbe draws an amicably accessible blueprint for escaping a state of extreme activity. According to Crabbe, our lives have become increasingly cluttered thanks to technological and social advances. The concept of choice is key. As he writes, chronically busy people can choose to let go of the need to control every aspect of their lives and instead prioritize various aspects over others. Being busy is for Crabbe more construct than reality, and so changing a pattern of endless activity involves changes in thinking. The book's format is itself somewhat busy: information is presented in small chunks, which can make for an interrupted reading experience. However, the content is more organized in the catchy summaries that conclude each chapter. A business focus becomes somewhat too important to Crabbe's thesis, as if busy, overscheduled modern lives are necessarily attached to high-paying corporate jobs. Nevertheless, for anyone juggling an ever-expanding schedule in or outside the corporate world, this book might be worth fitting in.