Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - Calming the Chaos by Jackie Woodside

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!

My Review:

I'm self employed and juggle several online vintage shops, blogging, and personal life on a daily basis.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed.  That is what drew me to Calming the Chaos.  

I have read several books about time management and generally find they are focused very much on a sort of corporate mindset that doesn't work well for my Type B, right side of the brain thinking.  Calming the Chaos has a more philosophical approach.  It focuses on managing your energy more than managing time.

The book has 24 short chapters, and some chapters include short worksheets for readers to complete.  I especially love the "Everything List" in "Organize Your Mind" (Chapter Nineteen).  It encourages readers to journal a list of what they have to do and what they want to do - "dreams, hopes and aspirations."   I found this exercise mind opening and exciting!

I loved that Jackie Woodside discussed "Avoiding Low-Consciousness Media" ("Dealing With Life More Effectively" chapter).  She writes about avoiding violent media, processed food, and things that do not stimulate and uplift us.  Yes!

I also found the book's idea on clutter (and decluttering!) helpful and inspiring.  Working from home (with inventory), this is a constant challenge for me.  There was some good food for thought here.

The book was well written.  The author has an engaging writing style and uses personal examples.  I like the format of short chapters with some worksheets included in the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles with time management, stress from feeling overwhelmed with work and time, or anyone who wants a fresh approach to time.

Author's Bio:

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

Where to buy the book:

Win one of 20 copies of Calming the Chaos (Open to USA and Canada) Ends July 4
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I received a copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 


traveler said...

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Vicki G said...

Looks like a good one, and definitely I could make use of right now. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.