Insightful stories and strategies to take charge of your time.

by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Ballantine, $24.95
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Dr. Ned Hallowell’s latest book is for anyone who feels “overstretched, overbooked, and about to snap.” In today’s fast-paced world, that could describe just about anyone, but ADDers, in particular, should find the book helpful.

CrazyBusy is about taking charge of your time. Have you ever gone online to check your bank account balance-and then realized two hours later that a) you missed lunch and b) you still have no idea how much money you have?

Hallowell has a name for this familiar phenomenon: screen-sucking. The solution? Next time you feel your focus wandering while you’re at the computer, stand up and do 25 jumping jacks to break the spell of the screen. (Hallowell recommends limiting screen time to one hour per day.)

Hallowell reminds us that negative thoughts make it hard to stay focused. When you feel yourself giving in to a bad mood (and getting off-task), he recommends performing a simple task, such as making a grocery list. Then, it’s easy to switch to a more complex task. This is a sneaky way to jump-start your brain.

This insightful book is packed with compelling stories and strategies designed to make life easier and more fulfilling. Hallowell’s writing style, his sense of humor, and his wisdom held my attention to the last page.