Summary of CrazyBusy

Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD

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CrazyBusy book summary
If you think you're too busy to read this, can you afford not to? How to stop being so busy that it makes you crazy.


9 Overall

10 Applicability

7 Innovation

9 Style


Who better than a dyslexic psychologist specializing in Attention Deficit Disorder to list the ways modern life is making us all mentally ill? Edward M. Hallowell's breezy style and short, entertaining chapters are perfectly portioned for reading during the few calm moments in a hectic day. His sound advice is more than simple platitudes. Admit it: You're too busy to read this book right away, so you're reading the summary for now. What with your deadlines, commute and family commitments, you're reading the recommendation in the few seconds you have before you read e-mails, prepare for a meeting or pick up a carpool. Feel a jolt of recognition? getAbstract's diagnosis is that you need this book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How modern life resembles living with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD);
  • How emotion and rhythm can help you cope; and
  • How to choose your commitments consciously.


Two Paradoxes: Control and Connection
Millions of people are too busy, and they don't know how they got that way. No one sets out to be frantically busy, but people who end up frazzled, late and overwhelmed just accept it as a fact of modern life. Although working people are more productive...
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About the Author

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., directs the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Previously he taught at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-author of Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder and Driven to Distraction.

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    Kaitlin Oroho 2 years ago
    Great quote selections for this book. I am walking away very conscious that my time and energy are a finite resource.
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    Paul De Wit 3 years ago
    I really like this summary, and it makes me want to buy the book. Recommended!

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