Discover the eternal value of your finite time—and intentionally choose the meaningful over the urgent every single day.
Our culture makes it so that even the most organized and efficient among us feels the pressure of the ticking clock and the possibility and regret of missing out. Modern life has evolved in a way that sets us up for stress, pressure, and overload. New norms and attitudes tap into deeply-wired psychological impulses that make it harder than ever to take control of your time. Many of us also have innate personality traits that make the struggle even worse.
No wonder time can become a tyrant that leaves us chronically stressed and discontented. Unlock an approach to life that bestselling author Valorie Burton calls “living timelessly.” You will come to understand
1) the gradual changes that have led us to a place where having too much to do and too little time to do it is the norm,
2) the vision for what it could look like if you were free from the stress of time and how to blast through the obstacles to those possibilities, and
3) the practical steps to choosing the meaningful over the urgent so that your life is unhurried yet purposeful and reflects the values and impact that are unique to you.
It’s About Time helps you reimagine a life that is meaningful, at a pace that is natural, with a load that is doable and equips you with the tools to make it happen.
Burton (Successful Women Think Differently), cofounder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, hits the mark with this practical guide to changing how one views and spends time. Burton begins with an overview of how the human relationship to time has evolved from a home-centric, manual labor intensive culture that began to slowly give way (Burton marks the shift as coinciding with the Industrial Revolution of the early 1800s) to the tech-dependent, consumer-driven culture of today. After laying this groundwork, she helps readers identify habits that foster a feeling of "time poverty," where what's urgent takes precedence over what's meaningful. While Burton uses Christian scripture minimally, she stresses the need for balance between the everyday and the "eternal" (activities that reinvigorate the soul). She provides plenty of practical tools, including quizzes that assess core time vulnerabilities, "Meaningful Minute" meditations, and a variety of tips to help readers develop positive "time affluent" habits (eating slower, remembering to breathe deeply, and "doing a body scan" for emotional or physical pain). Burton's upbeat writing style and doable recommendations make this a winning resource for readers wishing to slow down and regain control of their time.