Publisher: Harper Collins | Release Date: December 15, 2020
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How to find guilt-free time for what you really want to do, and why it matters.
Do you feel like you’re always busy, even as your to-do list continues to grow?
Do you think you can’t keep up as it is, let alone add another thing to your plate?
An award-winning journalist, avid reader and new mom, Karma Brown dreamed of writing her first novel. But between diapers and tight deadlines, how could she? Like so many of us, she felt stretched taut and hyper-scheduled, her time a commodity over which she had lost control. For Brown, the answer to this problem was to rise earlier every day and use that time to write. Although she experienced missteps along the way, after committing to her alarm clock and an online community of early risers, she completed a debut novel that became a national bestseller.
In The 4% Fix, Karma Brown reveals the latest research about time management and goal-setting and shares strategies that have worked for her as well as for others. Refreshingly, her jargon-free approach doesn’t include time-tracking spreadsheets, tips on how to squeeze in yoga exercises while cooking dinner, or methods that add bulk to those never-ending lists.
About the Author:
Karma Brown has always loved the written word. As a kid she could usually be found with her face buried in a book, or writing stories about ice-skating elephants. Now that she’s (mostly) grown up, she’s the bestselling author of five novels, including her debut novel, COME AWAY WITH ME, which was a Globe & Mail Best 100 Books of 2015, and the #1 National Bestseller RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE.
A National Magazine Award winning journalist, Karma has been published in a variety of publications, including SELF, Redbook, Today’s Parent, Best Health, Canadian Living and Chatelaine.
Karma lives just outside Toronto, Canada with her husband, daughter, and a labradoodle named Fred. When not crafting copy or mulling plot lines, she is typically working out, making a mess in the kitchen and checking items off her bucket list with her family. Karma is represented by Carolyn Forde at Transatlantic Agency.
One-hour is only 4% of your day. Could that one-hour really change your life?
I believe the answer is yes!
“The 4% Fix” by Karma Brown is a great reminder of how to motivate yourself into being successful with something you are passionate about, whether it is finishing that novel, creating muscle by lifting weights or learning to speak Spanish.
Everyone has a dream of some kind and they probably think about it almost every single day. Instead of just thinking about it, what if you could achieve your dream in less than a year? Obviously, you need a good reason to get out of bed early.
Karma says, “Dreaming about the thing, and doing the thing are quite different beasts!” She shares strategies throughout the book that demonstrate what worked for her and she gives different options of what could work for you. This book is more than just another time management and goal setting self-help book. I’ve been a morning lark forever, and a frequent visitor to the #5amwritersclub, so rising early to get things done is not a new idea for me. However, Karma introduces a fresh look at what you could be doing with that extra hour each day.
I listened to the audiobook version of this book and Ann Marie Gideon did a great job. Her voice is so soothing, yet keeps your attention. The book is short, less than six-hours, so I listened to it multiple times. It was also quite educational for me, especially when it comes to acronyms I should already know, like BHAG, or whether I play for the Lion or the Dolphin team. My favourite part was the discussion on Ikigai and finding your reason. I also listened to Section 6 and 44 several times, because they resonated with me so much. I don’t want to spoil why, so I’ll let you read it and decide for yourself.
Overall, I loved this book! Finding the balance in your life is difficult enough, so when someone who has experience tells you her secret of finding success, you should take notes and follow through with her advice.
Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
(because I love reading books that inspire and educate, books that motivate me to being a better version of myself, books that encourage me to be more creative and step outside of the box, and books that give me that energetic boost to explore my passions and reach for the stars. This book gives me all of this and more).