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The Sweet Spot Audiobook

The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less

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Publisher's Summary

Learn how to achieve more by doing less! Live in that zone you've glimpsed but can't seem to hold on to - the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.

Not long ago, Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeley's 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 techniques - prioritizing, multitasking, delegating, even napping - but none really worked. Determined to create a less stressful life for herself - without giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at home - she 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 energy - or 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 brain's need for rest
  • use technology in ways that bolster, instead of sap, energy
  • increase your ratio of positive to negative emotions

©2015 Christine Carter (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A gift, like a good friend drawing a personal road map out of the crazy busy swirl of our overloaded lives." (Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed)

"This book did something I thought was impossible: It seemed to give me more time." (Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World)

"A page-turning thriller full of proven ways to have the life you want." (Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness)

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    novamom 03-03-16
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    "Put this next to your bible"

    A how-to manual on how to live, this book covers so much more and in such great detail then I thought it would. It has already made a huge impact on my life and I am about to read it over again.

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    Sally Stardust 09-19-15 Member Since 2014

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    This book not only feels actionable but it's profoundly inspiring and is deeply researched. I feel that I can recommend it to people who are left brained and people who are right brained. I want a physical copy so I can quickly reference it as needed and I absolutely plan on listening to this book again. Very grateful to have stumbled upon it, and Dr. Carter.

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    T. Bowen Milwaukee, WI 08-06-15
    T. Bowen Milwaukee, WI 08-06-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Worthwhile read"

    Lots of practical tips for how to find your sweet spot. I appreciate that this is not just a litany of tasks routines to try. The author offers supporting case and compelling research to back up practices shared. Interestingly enough I was coming off of a huge trying work project as I was reading this. So it became very clear how and when I was working from my sweet spot and when I was not. And though I cannot say that I was magically able to apply tips from the book and turn things around immediately. I can say knowing that I was operating outside of my sweet spot helped me to quiet the inner critic and cut myself some slack.

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    A. Verzone oregon 07-14-15
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    "Great resource"

    I wish I had written this book! I have read all the studies and books that Dr Carter refers to since I am a Positive Psych junkie. It was nice to have it all in one place - but the most helpful part about it was the suggestions for ways to implement the research. For example I read Duhig's book on habits, but I left wanting more recommendations on how to implement the research. Dr Carter puts it all in here. Great resource.

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    Trudi Westminster, CO, United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Book of real significance"

    Christine Carter does a beautiful job of helping you focus on what is most important. She also give you a wealth of advice and research on finding a truly fulfilling life. I am currently enjoying any improvements in my life by following her ways of creating micro habits to create a life of "ease".

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    "Great perspective gets a reality check"

    I appreciate author's simplicity - mindfulness, personalizing the process, and experiencing life. A great little book.

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    "Soulful insight"

    I truly enjoyed every second of this book. It was effortless to listen to Christine deliver her story and message. The food for thought about building your eulogy rather than your resume every day is still resonating. I am grateful that Christine was ready when the universe spoke to and through her. I am also very grateful that she narrated her own words - it added so much power to her work! This is a must read - I am giving it as a gift to many of my friends and family - we girls need to know - we are made to do great things- one thing at a time!

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    "If you only buy one self-help book, this is it!"

    The author uses her own life's experiences and research while boiling down much of what is explained in other books by Carol Dweck, Csikszentmihalyi, and Viktor Frankl, into an easy to follow way of changing your outlook and improving you life. Great book!

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