CrazyBusy by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

"CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap!" The opening line in my journal today? No! It's this week's #WWRW! (What we're reading Wednesday)

Three weeks ago, I attended the American Camp Association National Conference with my husband. It was our honeymoon. Oh, that doesn’t sound romantic to you? It was perfect for us, don’t you worry! I developed quite the reading list throughout the conference, but I was a little bit spoiled because my man got me surprise gift from the ACA Bookstore right there at the conference: CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Many of us can relate to the title alone, and I’ve definitely been connecting with what I’ve ready so far.

I’m still in Part One which is “Overbooked and About to Snap.” It’s all the philosophy of why we’re so busy in the modern age and everything that’s constantly vying for our attention – of course, all accelerated by our use of technology. Part Two (still coming up for me) is “Creating a System that Works for You” and should include more practical application.

The whole concept is getting me super-jazzed for my Education Session coming up at the Mid States Camp Conference (Who’s gonna be there?! I can’t wait to see you!): “Hustle: The Art of Working Smarter and Accomplishing More.” One of the most important things that we’ll talk about is the mind-blowing concept that hustle does not equal "being busy".

Hustle is not the same as being busy. Hustle is very specific: it keeps you focused on the most important and impactful tasks, and keeps you driven toward excelling in your mission. Busy is… well, busy is a hot mess, usually. Being busy just means doing stuff.

And often times, we’re just doing stuff without even noticing what is that we’re doing or reflecting on the impact of the tasks that have been completed. It’s that feeling at 5:30 when you’re exhausted, taking a deep breath, shutting down your office computer and thinking to yourself “Wait. What did I even DO today?” And then, you check your to-do list to see what you checked off, and it’s only longer than it was when you arrived that morning.

Yeah…we all know that feeling…

I haven’t figured it out completely. But I’ve certainly improved my focus and productivity over the last few years that I’ve been more aware.

Are you in hustle mode? Or are you just busy? What are your productivity hacks? How do you keep yourself focused on the most important or impactful work?

Reading List: ACA National Conference

This week, I'm enjoying the sunshine in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the American Camp Association National Conference - where the coolest people in the world (camp directors) get together for a week of sharing, learning, and fun!

We're only halfway through the week, and I've already picked up TONS of great reading suggestions. So, here's the first half of my reading list, created on the recommendation of peers and session speakers:

I'm sure the list will grow over this week, but I've got some reading in my future! 

Have you read any of the books on my list? I know a few are really popular. I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Fascinate by Sally Hogshead

You probably know how you see the world. But do you know how the world sees YOU?

How can you make the best possible first impression? How is your personal brand most likely to be seen by others... at your best? 

I was introduced to the Fascination model almost 2 years ago now, and I fell in love with it! It's more personal and MORE FUN than most personality assessments. I took the personality assessment online and breezed through the new-at-the-time book "How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination." 

Curious about how the world sees me? I'm the Blue Chip: A combination of Prestige and Trust Advantages. That might sound jumbled for now, but just look at how the Prestige Advantage is described:

Now, is that so ME or what?!

Fast forward a few years, and it's now 2017 and Sally Hogshead has released a revised and updated edition of her book, now entitled: "Fascinate: How to Make Your Brand Impossible to Resist" The latest book is stuffed full of all the amazingness of the Fascination model, but with tons more applications to business and career - balancing concepts of personal brand alongside your business's brand.

The book is split into four parts:

  • Part I explores how and why your brain becomes fascinated.
  • Part II reveals the seven Advantages, and how they create a state of intense focus.
  • Part III gives a practical system to customize any message, with tactics.
  • Part IV shows the five-step action plan for you and your team to get started right away.  

As of this Wednesday, I'm through Part I and am already familiar with Part II from my previous reading. Looking forward to the rest! 



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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Can you believe that I never read The Great Gatsby in school? I thought everyone read this in school! Although I never read it, I live with a 9th grader who was required to read it first semester this year. He enjoyed it - and double-enjoyed being a "witness coach" for the mock trial they did following - so, I asked him if I could borrow it when he was finished. 

I actually still have about two dozen pages to go to wrap this one up, but overall it's been a fun, easy, relaxing read. We've had a couple days of warm temps, where I've been found on the porch, reading a few pages in the sunlight!

Maybe the best part? I know there's a movie too, so THAT'S going on the to-watch list for this weekend!

Anyone else watching or reading The Great Gatsby this week? Or does it bring back fond memories of 9th grade? Please, do share! (Especially if there are 9th grade pictures involved!)


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Introducing...What We're Reading Wednesdays!

Whether you're committed to reading more this year to improve a skill, enjoy personal relaxation time, escape into a fictional world, keep your mind sharp, or stay on-trend with your industry's best practices, we can all use a little inspiration and good recommendations. 

If you're not already on Goodreads, it's a great place to connect with your friends and see what they're reading, get recommendations, read reviews, set your goal for the year, and track your progress. I'd love to connect with you:

Starting next week, every Wednesday, I'll share the details of what I'm reading. It'll usually be a book - maybe one that I'm reading or that one of my friends or colleagues is reading. If I don't have a good book to share in the moment, I might stoop for a really, really good article that I'm loving that week. 

See ya next week? 

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