Without intending for it to happen or knowing how, when, or why it got started, many people now find that they live in a rush they never wanted. If you feel busier than you've ever been and wonder how this happened and how you can keep up the pace much longer, you are hardly alone.
Crazy? Maybe not. Dysfunctional? Yes, indeed. We all have more to do than ever before, and less time to do it. In this highly listenable audiobook, the foremost expert on ADD, Ed Hallowell, explores the society-wide phenomenon of culturally induced ADD.
Being busy may very well keep you from doing what matters most, or it may lead you to do things you deem unwise (like getting angry, for example). Being busy is a problem for almost all of us. This audiobook is about both the opportunity and the problem, where this peculiar life comes from and how to turn it to your advantage. Offering solutions to this difficult, complex problem that might work for you, most importantly, CrazyBusy may prompt you to create solutions of your own.
©2006 Edward Hallowell; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"The roadmap Hallowell offers is helpful." (Publishers Weekly)
Edward Hallowell, an expert in ADD, tries in this book to broaden his horizons to include the rest of the world. I am ADD, have loved all Hallowell's previous books and found a lot of good information in them. In this one, I found a description of our "crazy busy" world built on a lot of Hallowell-created terms and little helpful information.
If your goal is to understand our modern world or to assure yourself that you are no crazier than the rest of us, this books is for you. If you are looking for practical suggestions to get control of the madness, they are there, if you have the patience to wade through the description to get to them, but they are nothing more than common sense. If you are ADD this book is not for you.
Good: The writing is more than competent. Don Leslie is the best reader now working; wonderful, rich, expressive voice.
Bad: The author simply does not have enough ideas on managing modern life to fill a book this long. He starts off well, then repeats his descriptions of how busy we are, over and over for hours. He even runs out of normal words for our modern, harried life, so makes up several of his own. We must listen as he defines and re-defines these made-up words, uses them in made-up sentences. I can't finish this book, and neither should you. I won't even recommend the abridged version, because that's just three hours of your life, listening to variations on, "We're too busy these days."
This is an excellent book and for those of us with Crazy Busy lifes, being able to listen on the go is extremely helpful. The narrator does an excellent job and the book has a number of good ideas that even the best of us may not have thought of yet. The only challenge, as it would be with any self help book, is when the book gives you charts or lists of activities to do. For those of us with such crazy busy lives, the time to go back and manually recreate the charts and lists of actvities may never come.
This is a great book for viewing your time and energy differently -- full of helpful tips and guides for taking control of your time. It's a powerful reading of a book that will change your time and life.
The book says why you are crazy busy and puts a lot of examples. A lot of "why" and not so mucho "how" to avoid being crazy busy. Didn't finish the book, quit at 85%.
Almost 50% of the book is just blah, blah, blah.
Good book, interesting information but nothing that I would say is useful if you are looking to get help with AADD. The author coins phrase after phrase after phrase to the point of it being laughable.
This book was a blessing to my overwhelmed mind. I also ordered the printed book so I can run off a page or two to give to others who question my mental stability. Those same people who don't use a computer (or claim they don't know how to do some task in particular), but rely on me to do their digital work for them.... and request it whenever they have a need. No wonder I'm so distracted.
This book also makes me feel an urgency to make my grown children understand how much too much information can hurt them. Hopefully this will be well known by the time they have children.
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