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Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

ISBN: 978-1-118-91066-5
288 pages
October 2014
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Leverage mindful awareness and intention to achieve better outcomes

Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative offers practical insights for the executive, manager or professional who feels like their RPM is maxed out in the red zone. By making the concepts and practices of mindfulness simple, practical and applicable, this book offers actionable hope for today's overworked and overwhelmed professional.

New research shows that the smartphone equipped professional is connected to work 72 hours a week. Forty eight percent of Americans report that their stress level is up and that the number one source of stress is the job pressure of a 24/7 world.

What's the alternative? Top leadership coach and educator Scott Eblin offers one in Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. While mindfulness is one of the "Top Ten Trends for 2014 and Beyond," many professionals think it's just too hard to give it a try. In this book, Eblin shows that mindfulness that makes a difference doesn't require meditating like a Buddhist monk.

Overworked and Overwhelmed is a handbook for more mindful work and living that offers:

  • "Must know" mindfulness basics that today's professional needs to thrive in a 24/7 world.
  • Inspiring examples of mindfulness in action from dozens of leaders ranging from a U.S. Coast Guard Commandant to the CEO of Hilton Worldwide.
  • A self assessment for readers to understand how they perform at their best.
  • Simple routines to reduce stress and sustain peak performance.
  • A personal planning framework for creating the outcomes that matter most at home, at work and in the community.

Even small increases in mindfulness can lead to big changes in productivity and quality of life for the overworked and overwhelmed professional. Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative is a guide for doing just that.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Overworked and Overwhelmed?: Welcome to the Mindfulness Alternative xv

Part One

1 Reality Bites (or Does It?): Why You Feel So Overworked and Overwhelmed 3

2 What Does Mindfulness Even Mean Anyway?: It's Simpler Than You Probably Think 15

3 What's Going on in There, and What Can You Do About It?: What You Need to Know About Your Mind-Body Operating System 31

Part Two

4 Where Do You Want to Go?: Guiding Yourself with a Life GPS 47

5 How Are You at Your Best?: Clarifying Your Version of Peak Performance 59

6 What's Their Secret?: The One Commitment You Have to Make to Yourself and How to Keep It 77

Part Three

7 You Are What You Repeatedly Do: How the Right Routines (for You) Help You Show Up at Your Best 103

8 It Starts with the Body: The Physical Routines That Make You More Mindful 115

9 A Beautiful Mind: The Mental Routines That Reduce Clutter and Increase Focus 131

10 In Right Relationship: The Relational Routines That Connect You with the Bigger Picture 151

11 What's Your Purpose Here, Anyway?: The Spiritual Routines That Build Perspective 173

12 Making It Work: Tips for Following Through (And for Rapid Recovery When You Don't) 193

Part Four

13 What Are You in It For?: Clarifying Your Outcomes at Home, at Work, and in the Community 207

14 Continuing with Your Mindfulness Alternative: Some Lessons Learned for Your Journey 223

Appendix: Coach's Corner Compendium 237

Notes 243

Acknowledgments 249

About the Author 253

Index 255

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Author Information

SCOTT EBLIN is the cofounder and president of the Eblin Group, a professional development firm that supports executives and managers in exhibiting leadership presence by being fully present. As an executive coach, speaker, and author, Eblin works with senior and rising leaders in some of the world's best known and regarded organizations. He is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success (2010).

Eblin is a graduate of Davidson College, holds a master's degree from Harvard University and a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University where he is on the program faculty. He is also a Registered Yoga Teacher.

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Press Release

October 13, 2014
Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

With everything you’re trying to accomplish in the week–clear out an overflowing inbox, juggle a calendar that’s racked and stacked, deadlines, bosses, employees, customers, family commitments, personal care, running your household, the list goes on–it’s no wonder you feel overworked and overwhelmed. The reverberating shocks of the financial crisis leave many professionals operating in a do-more-with-less environment and the 24/7 connectivity of the smartphone means that personal boundaries have evaporated. It can all leave you in a chronic state of fight or flight and the effects of that can be devastating–for your effectiveness at work, your relationships outside of work and your overall health, well-being and satisfaction with life.

So, what's the alternative? Clearly, putting in more hours isn’t the answer. In OVERWORKED AND OVERWHELMED: The Mindfulness Alternative (Wiley; October 13, 2014), executive coach and leadership educator Scott Eblin offers another path: mindfulness. Sure, mindfulness is hot, but many professionals think it's just too hard or mysterious to give it a try.  Based on his research, his work with high capacity executive clients and his own compelling personal experience, Eblin’s message is that you don't have to meditate like a Buddhist monk to benefit from what science is clearly concluding: mindfulness works. 

Eblin offers simple, practical and immediately applicable routines that can help professionals show up at their best and achieve their goals at work and at home. Based on client experience, research and dozens of interviews with leaders that range from a former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant to the CEO of Panera Bread, Eblin makes the case that even small increases in mindfulness can lead to big changes in productivity and quality of life for the overworked and overwhelmed professional.

Eblin offers the everyday professional a way out of chronic fight or flight through simple, practical steps from mindfulness that are easy to do and proven to make a difference. Overworked and Overwhelmed is a handbook for more mindful work and living that will motivate you to take a closer look at your life and learn:

  • Why you feel so overworked and overwhelmed;
  • Why you’re likely in a state of chronic fight or flight;
  • What mindfulness looks like for everyday people;
  • Why mindfulness is easier to access than you probably think;
  • Simple, practical mindful routines that will help you get out of fight or flight and into rest and digest;
  • How to create a Life GPS that can help you show up at your best and create the outcomes that matter most to you at home, at work and in your community.

Overworked and Overwhelmed draws on scientific research to help readers develop strategies to break out of the vicious cycle of overwork. Eblin guides readers on how to establish easy routines to ensure that they are able to bring their best to work every day. Busy readers will appreciate the book’s self-assessment and other practical tools that will help them apply takeaways from each chapter concretely and quickly to their own lives. By contemplating Eblin’s vital “Coach’s Corner” questions when they are drowning in too much to do, readers will develop clarity, wisdom, and inspiration to revitalize and conquer their work.

By making the concepts and practices of mindfulness accessible, Overworked and Overwhelmed shows readers how to take meaningful steps to regaining control over the 168 hours available in a week.

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