Book review: Calming the Chaos by Jackie Woodside

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Calming the Chaos:  A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time by Jackie Woodside, CPC, LICSW
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 232 pages
Genre:   Self Help / Personal and Professional Growth / Motivational / Time Management / Business Success through Personal Management
Publisher:  Next Century Publishing
Release date: April 7, 2015
Available for review in:  Print & PDF
Will send books:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: June 1 to 26
Content Rating:  PG

Book Description:

Far too many people in contemporary culture feel they don’t have enough time to “get it all done.” The stress of this chronic overwhelm creates a disorganized mind that leads to a chaotic life. Based on her highly acclaimed “Energy Management” workshops, and drawn from over 25 years of counseling and coaching experience, professional trainer and speaker Jackie Woodside shares her breakthrough methods that lead to becoming the least stressed, most productive person you know!

In Calming the Chaos, you will learn the step-by-step skills and thought processes that lead to increased productivity and peace of mind. Jackie’s approach stems from the new frontier of human performance called energetic consciousness. Part philosophy, part psychology, fully practical application, you will learn:

• Why there is no such thing as time management and what to do instead.
• How to manage your energy instead of your time and stress.
• The three-step formula for managing every component of your life for the rest of your life!
• Why “to-do lists” are a set up for failure and what really works.
• “The Three Strikes Rule” that will end procrastination for good!
• How to always know that you have the time for what you want and need to do!

Many books promise to change your life. Applying these principles will make this a reality!

Buy her book here:   Author’s Website   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

4119521_origMeet the author:Jackie Woodside, CPC, LICSW is a psychotherapist, coach, speaker and author, specializing in the power of managing personal energy, rather than time or stress. An Amazon bestselling author of ‘What If It’s Time for a Change?’ and highly sought-after speaker on leadership and empowerment topics, Jackie conducts training programs for public, private and government sectors nationwide.

Connect with Jackie:  Website  ~  Twitter   ~  Facebook

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Review:

“Rather than trying to manage time and stress and productivity, perhaps all we need to do is learn to manage our energy and ourselves.” “Managing energy is a whole new frontier”.I found Jackie’s approach to managing our lifestyle to be intuitive. We all have the same amount of time and “everyone everywhere is moving through life at warp speed”, trying to survive instead of thrive.

The chapter entitled “There is more to Life than Getting Things Done” teaches us to basically to really be human in the framework of our lives, or in other words “stop and smell the roses”.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter “Managing the Energy of Stuff – Clutter and Disorganization. I quote: “There is energy to everything. The more stuff that you have, the denser the energy in your environment becomes. The clutter around you competes for your attention much the way a car alarm going off distracts you when you are engaged in conversation over lunch. I call clutter “mental noise”. She continues: “research shows that you will be less irritable, more productive, less distracted and able to process information better with an uncluttered and organized home and office.” (which I find to be personally true. A simple lifestyle allows you breathing space).

The chapter “Busy vs. Productive” stresses the need to first organize your mind – which brings a whole new energy to the feeling of your day.

The book ends with “Top Ten Rules of Calming the Chaos”:

1. Become aware of and incredibly willing to reduce energy drains
2. Make a contract with yourself
3. Align your actions with your desires
4. Tear up your lists
5. Mentally prepare for your day early
6. Finish the day with a debrief
7. Complete the week with a debrief
8. Review your goals and intentions quarterly
9. Use repeating events once
10. Either do it, move it or eliminate it.

There is so much useful information in this guide that will enable us to re-think the way we live our lives, unlearn bad habits and really take the time to sit down and think about what we want out of life.

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