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Hurricane SeasonGood Busy: Productivity, Procrastination, and the Endless Pursuit of Balance

by Julia Scatliff O’Grady (RCWMS Press, September 1, 2012) $20

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We say we want to better manage our time—but what do we really mean? Do we mean we seek to tame the daily chaos? Are we afraid of how time seems to fly?

Author Julia Scatliff O’Grady set out on a journey to discover how we might experience the gift of time on our own terms. She met with many—settling on 10 singular people with a variety of professions and life circumstances and from varying corners of the U.S. She listened and she questioned and she listened some more. What she heard was not just a clock ticking, but something perhaps even promising, something as prescriptive as it is philosophical.

The key could be—as these profiles of 10 GOOD BUSY people attest—to name our own philosophies of being GOOD BUSY.

Among the 10 approaches to being GOOD BUSY:
TUNNEL—Live by a metaphor.
SLIVER—Move beyond procrastination.
GEOLOGICAL—Take the long view.
HUNT—Discover the source of your business.

From these 10 approaches, we may borrow directly, cobble together, or, better yet, become inspired to identify and name our own approach to being GOOD BUSY.

Julia Scatliff O'Grady's abiding interest in time may owe in part to her great aunts and great uncles, who worked on the Elgin Watch factory assembly line during the early days of the wristwatch. As a young college graduate, O'Grady traveled to campuses throughout the United States, recruiting volunteers who would become the catalysts for Americorps. She heard as much enthusiasm as she heard another chorus: "I'm not sure I have the time." The PhD candidate in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, now a mother of two children, found a calling: to discover the source of our busyness and understand what it might mean to be "good busy."

Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination, and the Endless Pursuit of Balance by Julia Scatliff O'Grady (RCWMS Press, September 1, 2012) $20
ISBN # 978-0-9722035-6-2

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