Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life by Marney K. Makridakis
Release date: 2012 / 280 pages
Synopsis (from Amazon.com): Most of us have said, “If only I had more time,” as a way of explaining why we aren’t leading our most fulfilling lives. This book turns the concept of time management upside down by presenting exciting new tools for viewing and experiencing your time. Creating Time combines creativity with science in a gorgeous colorful format that presents a fascinating adventure in which you will imagine, create, and completely reshape the way you experience time…
Review: Marney Makridakis demonstrates to her readers that a calm, intuitive life of intention is not only possible but imperative: “On the practical level, this book will help you to make tangible choices and changes about how you use and perceive time, while on the philosophical level, the tools are geared to work deeply within, unearthing new, uplifting beliefs and ideas about time and life itself.”
Creating Time emerged when Makridakis contracted Bell’s palsy after the birth of her son and the asymmetry of this disorder awakened her to the imbalance in other areas of her life: “I was never fully present in anything I was doing, existing as a partial person as I exhaustively chased time… I became determined to apply my best resource (imagination) to my biggest problem (time).”
The result is a creative workbook that helps readers become aware of where they spend their time, and then shift this attention from external accomplishments to the internal energy and essence of the day in order to incorporate a sense of gratitude into each moment. To accomplish this, one exercise involves pausing briefly every hour and giving thanks for something that occurred in the previous hour. Makridakis believes the more we are able to focus on the present moment, the less concern about time we will have.
Creating Time is also a luminous work of art – and would be a welcome gift to give or receive, as well as a refreshing and engaging choice for book clubs.
Thank you to Shelf Awareness for asking me to read and review this!