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Tips for the Crazy Busy

       Welcome to the club!  Being crazy busy is a modern epidemic.  I wrote a book about it, called Crazy Busy: Overbooked, Overstretched, and About to Snap.  I am going to post in my blog now and then tips that I have come across in how to deal with being crazy busy.

        My tip for today came from an executive in New York City.  She found that she was spending too much time doing email.  To remedy the situation she did something so simple that anyone could do it.  She put her computer on a table behind her.  Now, in order to do email, she has to swivel around in her chair.  This means that she much make a conscious decision to do so, instead of just mindlessly clicking on her email.  She told me this simple step has saved her oodles of time!

       I welcome hearing tips from all of you!!

10 Responses to “Tips for the Crazy Busy”

  1. Ray Belanger says:

    Are the mental exercise sheets and instructions on page 186 to 190 available in PDF format?
    What about the form and instructions for recording time allocation on pages 155 to 160?
    If so please email them or point me to a link. I have to return book to library and would like to print these out rather than photocopying.
    Will talk to dr. to see if chemical imbalance and Adult AD are linked.

  2. Dorothy says:

    I’m a new ADD adult. Still looking at things others write and thinking, oh my goodness, that all happened or is happening to me. But I do have one new trick, which is doing little stuff as I see it. I try not to get distracted by the big jobs, since that usually ends up with me getting confused by too many things to do and then achieving nothing. But I find, if I see a piece of clothing on the floor or a bill to be paid, that if I just do it right then, it’s more efficient. I pay bills in my car, as they come in. I don’t have enough in my checking account to automate things, because they could overdraw it and that would be a disaster. But I can usually call and pay whatever bill it is over the phone or do it on the computer. Works for me. At the moment, I’m spinning a bit out of control in other ways, but I have a few bright spots. D

  3. Parent Talk Today says:

    Are you Crazy Busy?

    It happened again the other day. I was at the grocery store and ran into a mom I know from my son’s school. “How are you?” I asked. “Just crazy busy!” she said, before launching into a laundry list of all the things she had on her plate that day.

  4. Penny Papanikolopoulos says:

    Hi Dr. Hallowell,
    During a summer week at Cape Code Institute, I came accross your cd’s on ADHD. I must tell you that I have never heard a more “human” professional. I am interested in learning more…. I live in Greece and I am a psychologist and clinical director of a center for children and young adults. I have had difficulty with your site and receiving info. How can I get more info about working with your “system” in Greece?
    Penny Papanikolopoulos

  5. David Hallowell says:

    This is the strangest thing I’ve experienced in many years. The name Hallowell spelt this way is fairly uncomon, and I just came upon your advert in Nightingale Conant magazine. What is especially strange is that having qualified as a Podiatrist I got side tracked into the psychology of stress. I’ve been teaching people how to deal with stress using a system based on a combination of psychology and philosophy for ten years. Strange that two people with such a rare Sir name should have such similar areas of interest.
    Regards David Hallowell
    Belfast Northern Ireland

  6. Krystal Sumner says:

    Hi, I would like to send an email to Dr. Hallowell but I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the website. Can some one help me out here!? I am tired of scrolling up and down looking and clicking just to find a dead end. Besides, all the info on the website is too interesting for me to stay on track!

  7. Steve Brunn says:

    Hello Dr. Hallowell
    I’m currently reading Crazy Busy and practicing some of the concentration exercises. Some of the exercises include hand and arm movements. The descriptions are a bit confusing. Do you know of any graphical demonstrations of these exercises?
    Thanks for writing this excellent book for our modern pandemic!

  8. doriswoodruff says:

    I got the Hallowell Connection today about juggling balls…I have said that exact phrase soooo much in the last week…I am NOT even doing christmas ! LOL did it all online last week of november and shipping direct..easy with Amazon.com! and cheap…free 2 day shipping and THEY wrap it when they get it ! LOL
    My juggling has been end of year business stuff(gotta do it sooner next yr..like september) and my house has been 1/2 remodeled not by choice..a pre thanksgiving water heater burst/flood..painting, reflooring,insurance co. phew…yep I know the juggling balls…best advice I can offer? eat right, get sleep, breathe and take a break for exercise or listening to music for an hour:>) doris from dallas

  9. doriswoodruff says:

    Dr. Hallowell, your crazy busy tip of the week email I got today is exactly what I needed to hear. Please Do Not Disturb hit the nail on the head. My husband Abe is the ADHD person in the family but I find myself taking up too much of the slack he uses to make a peaceful space for himself. Good tips…my creativity in my art has been at zero so long I forgot how and now I know some steps to take to leave myself some space. Sometimes in the interest of assisting Abe I short myself. Thanks again..love those Tip of the Days!

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