Are You Just Too Busy?


That’s the question my friend Joanne asks in her book Just Too Busy – Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical.

Her book is the story of her own family’s struggle with busyness and what they did about it (took a year off from all extracurricular activities and learned to be a family again). In its pages, Joanne not only shares the true story of their radical sabbatical, she also shares ten tell-tale signs that tell us we’re too busy.

This book is for anyone who has too much on his or her plate… and isn’t that all of us at one point or another?

I think every family struggles with a too-busy schedule from time to time. And while taking a twelve-month sabbatical might not be for everyone, Joanne shares suggestions in her book that can help any family find more time together: guarding against distractions, redeeming time, making memories.

I loved this book. Not only because I think the Joanne is a wonderful writer and woman (she is!), but also because of the valuable tips, insightful stories, and concrete solutions she shares. Her humor will touch you and make you laugh. I read most of this book on the plane last week and laughed out loud several times, especially at the peas in the milk story (you’ll just have to read it to find out more!).

If you and your family are facing your own head-on collision with busyness, go get this book! And stop by Joanne’s website to watch the book trailer too. You can also download a FREE Just Too Busy Leader’s Guide there; simply click on the ‘Freebies’ tab. 

I can’t wait to apply some of Joanne’s great tips and suggestions with my own kids. Thank you, Joanne!

What about you? Are you Just Too Busy? How have you found ways to slow down in your own life or as a family? Please take a minute to share!

5 Comments on Are You Just Too Busy?

  1. Shanda
    June 23, 2011 at 4:06 am (7 years ago)

    I am glad these issues are being addressed in such a public way. American society is just too busy. In my years living overseas, I had yet to come upon a society so driving by business.

  2. Momof4
    June 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi-just saw you read the devotional Jesus Calling. I read it daily, with my cup of coffee and have started a blog on it. I would love your input. I find it encouraging to talk with others.www.breakformom.comblessings,sharon

    June 26, 2011 at 1:41 am (7 years ago)

    I've been reading this book and loving every minute of it. I got to meet Joanne at her book launch, and get to have coffee with her, Mary Hampton and Elizabeth Thompson on Monday! Hopefully I'll have a review up soon!

  4. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    June 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm (7 years ago)

    I'm going to have to read this! It seems like we're always busy. It's not just activities, it's all the family and friends birthday parties and picnics that we have to attend!

  5. Halfmoon Girl
    July 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm (7 years ago)

    You just reminded me that I want to read this book. I am going into the city next week and will look for it.


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