I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
About the Book
Requests and to-dos bombard your phone and inbox, day and night. Information and distractions claw at your time and attention. You’re always busy, always searching for the finish line … or at least the pause button. Life feels like an endless series of “what’s nexts”–what’s the next meeting, task, obligation, goal, achievement?
Adam M. Lowenstein emerged from the nonstop, striving-obsessed world of American politics convinced that everyone, no matter who you are or what you do, has the power to build more fulfilling days. You don’t have to undertake a radical transformation. You don’t have to quit your job or move halfway around the world.
You can simply tweak how you approach each day. Find meaning in your daily burdens and commitments. Resist the allure of busyness. Make more time for what matters to you (and feel less guilty when you do).
In “Reframe the Day,” Lowenstein offers ten tips, tactics, and techniques for nudging your days in a more fulfilling direction. Combining concrete advice with tools for self-reflection, “Reframe the Day” shows you how to reframe the way you see and spend your days and, over time, reshape your life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought that it provided a lot of useful advice on how to manage your life. The book is well written with lots of care and thought put into it, however I did find the political career of the author to be less relevant to the book than I was expecting. This is a good thing as it makes the book more accessible to people who aren’t in the political circus, yet have similar busy lives, but I did feel that the unique insight that can only be gained from politics angle that I thought I was getting with this book wasn’t there.
The tips in this book, I feel are a lot more practical than most books of this nature as they are more guides than strict instructions. The author’s clear intent is to help you find activities with certain qualities in your life as opposed to trying to prescribe them for you. For example the section on media talks about how to find quality things to consume, without mandating news sources (although the author’s personality prefered outlets are mentioned). I feel that this gives the book a much more relaxed tone that fits in with the lifestyle and attitude that he is trying to foster.
Having worked in a number of different professions over his life, Lowenstein gives more tailored guidance for different working and lifestyles for each section, making the book more accessible to people from different backgrounds. He does also acknowledge the privilege in his life that has allowed him to get to his conclusions in the manner that he has, a thing that I think does him credit.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and think about some of the things in it quite regularly and would happily recommend it to anyone who is looking to quieten down a hectic life.