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Goodreads Review: The Power of Full Engagement

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It’s summer time, and what’s summer without a crazy new productivity system, promising to finally fulfill all my dreams of accomplishing copious research and course prep between now and the end of August!  I’ve come up with a real doozy this time—there are forms and checklists and spreadsheets!—and it’s in large part thanks to this book I read called The Power of Full Engagement.

[And, whoa, the default wordpress editor is now WYSIWYG instead of straight HTML adn it’s blowing my mind.]

Anyway, here’s my review! If you’re on Goodreads, and you aren’t my friend there already, friend me! If you’re not on Goodreads, how on earth to you keep track of all the books you want to read, and all the cool stuff your friends are reading? Huh?

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal RenewalThe Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The main idea behind “The Power of Full Engagement” is what every workaholic eventually discovers: after a certain point, getting more done is not simply a matter of “working” more. To keep yourself at the top of your game, you have to take the time to take care of yourself and your relationships.

The authors claim that we work and grow best through intervals of work and renewal, both on the small scale during the day (the authors recommend working in a fully engaged way for 1 1/2 hours, then taking a 1/2 hour break where you really relax), and on the large scale, by systematically making the time and space to be emotionally present to the people you care about.

This is wrapped up in the usual package: answering a bunch of questionnaires to discover what you are truly passionate about and committed to and whether that is reflected in your actions, and a whole series of anecdotes of people turning their lives around so that they’re happier and more productive now than they ever were, etc. etc. But it’s worth a skim for the basic ideas and the examples of how different people implemented these ideas in their busy lives.

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