Just Let Me Lie Down

Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom

Author: Kristin van Ogtrop

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316088544

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Kristin van Ogtrop knows she's lucky--fulfilling career, great husband, three healthy kids, and, depending on the hamster count, an impressive roster of pets. She also knows she is tired. Always. Using stories and insights from her own life, she provides a lexicon for the half-insane working mom. Anyone who has left a meeting to race to the Halloween parade immediately understands van Ogtrop's definition of "Kill the messenger" as "The action you must take in order to forget about the office for a time--that is, to remove your Blackberry/Treo/iPhone/whatever from your person and store it as far away as your neurotic self will allow." Filled with essays, lists, and resonant observations, JUST LET ME LIE DOWN establishes van Ogtrop as the Erma Bombeck of the new millennium.
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Balancing Act

More than 50 essays on juggling life, love and work in a not-always obliging world

Author: Heidi Stevens

Publisher: Agate Digital

ISBN: 1572844817

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 67

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Comprising selections from "Balancing Act," the weekly column from Chicago Tribune lifestyle writer Heidi Stevens, this book is a colorful look at contemporary parenting and the joys and challenges that accompany being a worker, parent, partner, and individual. Through poignant professional interviews and endearing personal stories, Stevens offers advice on juggling life and work in a not-always obliging world. Her experience as a mother of two small children and her journey from divorce to remarriage inform her lighthearted yet thoughtful tone in this deeply personal collection. The columns reflect on the challenges today's working parents face, and offer advice on how to find pleasure in daily tasks, focus your energy, and seek joy in small moments. Balancing Act empathizes with parents during those moments of feeling adrift without a guide. It delivers sage advice through Stevens’s journalistic diligence, asking experts and investigating both sides of a story. What sets this book apart most is the warm, open writing style that makes Stevens one of the Chicago Tribune’s most popular columnists. Readers can reflect on the ups and downs of being a parent, professional, and individual, while taking Balancing Act’s central theme to heart by learning to worry less and enjoy more.
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The Sweet Spot

How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

Author: Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0553392050

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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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 Complete with practical “easiest thing” tips for instant relief as well as stories from Carter’s own experience of putting The Sweet Spot into action, this timely and inspiring book will inoculate you against “The Overwhelm,” letting you in on the possibilities for joy and freedom that come when you stop trying to do everything right—and start doing the right things. ONE OF GREATER GOOD’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR “[For fans] of a certain kind of self-improvement book—the kind, like The Happiness Project or 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think or Getting Things Done, that offers up strategies for making certain areas of life work better without requiring that you embrace a new belief system.”—KJ Dell’Antonia, The New York Times (Motherlode blog) “A breath of fresh air . . . Based on personal experiments with living life in what she calls the ‘pressure cooker,’ Dr. Carter offers advice in easily digestible nuggets.”—Working Mother “Carter gives actionable ways to balance your life, your health, and your career. This book is packed with smart advice and hard-earned wisdom.”—Inc. “Learn more about escaping the ‘busyness trap’ and uncovering a happier, less stressed you.”—Shape “A highly readable, diligently researched advice book that offers concrete tips on how to get off the treadmill of busyness.”—Greater Good “Chock-full of concrete tips on how to sharpen your focus, improve your efficiency, and use technology to your advantage.”—The Week “Illuminates the simple and sustainable path toward a precious and happy balance.”—Deepak Chopra From the Hardcover edition.
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Gender in a Transitional Era

Changes and Challenges

Author: Amanda R. Martinez,Lucy J. Miller

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739188445

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 314

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Gender in a Transitional Era is an important addition to communication research through its wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches, intersectional topics, and clearly expressed challenges to the constraining gender binary system that remains the foremost project of feminist scholarship and activism.
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