Rewired is all about how to change your life so that you are no longer Overwired. I definitely think I am guilty of being overwired. That is when you get that “it is 5pm and im exhausted but all I did all day was sit at my desk and work at my computer” feeling every day after work. You are always connected to your computer, smart phone, etc. (Totally me – I even sleep with my phone – probably half the reason why I can’t fall asleep at night – as soon as it beeps or buzzes I check it, even if I am trying to fall asleep.)
There are a few tips in the book that I have already been implementing without even knowing that it will lead to me rewiring myself and no longer be overwired – like deleting all non important emails before reading anything else. But – I do this everymorning from my bed when I wake up which is not good. The book suggests having coffee and some time to yourself before diving in. Also unsubscribing from junk emails and trying to avoid signing up for those emails all together. Some days I go on a tear and unsubscribe from everything, other times i just delete things and say that I’ll unsubscribe later. I need to get in the habit of unsubscribing as soon as I see the email I don’t want to get anymore and not keep pushing it off.
Multitasking is also no good – and here I thought I had mad skills for being so good at it. But it ends up I am not giving 100% to any one project when I do this.
There are also suggestions for businesses such as laptop and phone free meetings. Then you will have everyones attention. (All our meetings at work are remote and on laptops but I know my coworkers and I are sometimes off on the internet doing other things at the same time – BAD!)
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who feels like they may be too attached to technology. While it is great, there is such a thing as too much. There are definitely a lot of great tips and ideas to use to try and give yourself more quiet time and less wired time.
I received a free e-copy of this book through NetGalley in order to write this review. All opinions are my own and I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Rewire yourself for success! Do you want to work smarter? Live better? Find
purposeful productivity? Then Camille’s new book, Rewired, is for you! Rewired
explains how an overuse of technology and its lingering effects-being
overwired-is damaging our brains, our bodies, our personal and professional
relationships, and our productivity. Rewired shows you how to unwire and step
back from technology to regain clarity and focus. It then teaches you how to
rewire, set boundaries, and establish effective systems to be more productive
and fulfilled, personally and professionally. Rewiredoffers the skills and
strategies to: Balance your personal life with your professional goals. Make the
right choices and manage commitments to deliver results. Improve critical
cognitive skills, like focusing and filtering. Leverage technology to solve and
anticipate problems. Be more present in your work and life. Rewired is for
anyone who wants to work smarter, live better, and be purposefully productive!
Praise for Rewired: “Rewired offers refreshing insight in its clarity, heart,
and scope. It’s more than about rewiring from technology; it is about plugging
into life.” ~ Joanne Gordon, co-author with Howard Schultz, Onward: How
Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul