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Inspired! How to Be More Original, Insightful and

Productive in Your Work

by Marcia Yudkin

Copyright 2013 Marcia Yudkin

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Centered in Italy and making worldwide converts, a “slow movement” recommends stepping off the 24/7 treadmill and reclaiming the joys of eating, relating and appreciating life’s pleasures. Carl Honore’s book, In Praise of Slowness, chronicles companies, cities and individuals that insist on taking the necessary time for leisurely paced medicine, child care, cuisine, travel and more.

Contrary to stereotypes, however, slowing down doesn’t mean you get less accomplished. A German lawyer quoted in Honore’s book explains the benefits of taking two hours to get to know each new client, instead of getting to work after a brisk ten-minute summary of the problem. The slower start minimized his need for follow-up calls or backtracking because he’d misunderstood something.

You’ll find many such paradoxes about productivity, thinking and trying here in Inspired!, supported by research and illustrated with anecdotes from historical figures and contemporary day-to-day life. For example:

* You’ll get more done by taking breaks – or even naps – than by driving relentlessly toward the finish line.

* Trying hard to solve a problem doesn’t yield results as well as sleeping on it.

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