The Sweet Spot

How to Accomplish More by Doing Less
Narrated by: Christine Carter Ph.D.
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Highly recommended.

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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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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So good I immediately listened to it twice!

I love Christine's descriptions of life. Her tips are helpful for all people in any stage of life. I highly recommend (and can't wait to listen for a 3rd time!)

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excellent book for a perfectionist

the narrator was excellent. Great for a recovering perfectionist! has many applicable strategies to change your life today

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nice reminder of important things for happy life

the author uses lots references to research and experts advise, to prove her point, also lots of personal samples, I found it very helpful.

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Highly Recommended !

Would you listen to The Sweet Spot again? Why?

Yes, I would and did listen to the book twice. Because it is practical logical researched proven coaching reminders on how to live life.

What about Christine Carter Ph.D.’s performance did you like?

Christine Carter Ph.D. presented the information, in an honest manner. It was more like a heart to heart phone conversation with a friend, bold enough to say the things one needs to hear.

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Chapters 4,5,6,7, 9, and10.

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Mindset shift

Christine calls upon us to question the very definition of our own happiness and re-chart a course towards authenticity and connection to humankind. It is clarity in a world of white noise.

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Worth your time

The majority of the topics are very intriguing. It may help you find alternative routes and see daily things differently.

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Really really nice and inspiring!

I completely loved the book and the way it was narrated! I felt inspired by all the ideas and I found really useful all the small tips and tricks to use to apply them. I recommended it to all my friends and after I finished listening to it I felt like I have to find another nice book to make me smile before bedtime or early in the morning when I am struggling to get up. Definitely worth my time!

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Very insightful and offers small things you can do to take a step toward achieving your goals.

What other book might you compare The Sweet Spot to and why?

Big Magic

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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I will probably listen to it again!

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  • Lydia Elise Millen
  • 01-08-20

Life changing

This book should be taught in schools! I will re listen to this many times again!

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  • Katrina Paslavska
  • 02-02-20

One of the best books ever

I'm definitely going to listen to this book again! It's absolutely amazing. This book should be thought in schools.

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  • Camilo Cupitre
  • 10-15-17

A good intro guide.

A good guide to different subjects, but covers too many subjects without going in deep with anyone.

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  • 05-11-17

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great book to renew your vigour..loved this....
It's a great listen and will help u to get back to basics

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-26-15

Highly recommend

Found this book very inspiring and useful. It has a lot of useful content for all different areas in your life. Lots to think about and try.

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  • Meagan
  • 05-29-15

Fantastic read!!

I found this book wonderful. It was well read, practical and made me smile, laugh and cry! I have just finished listening to it and want to start at the beginning again.........You won't be disappointed with this one :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-19

So many gems for living a better life

Really enjoyed this book. It was very relatable especially for the busy lives of us women.