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Publisher's Summary

Learn how to achieve more by doing less! Live in that zone you've glimpsed but can't seem to hold on to - the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.

Not long ago, Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and a speaker, writer, and mother, found herself exasperated by the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniques - prioritizing, multitasking, delegating, even napping - but none really worked. Determined to create a less stressful life for herself - without giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at home - she road-tested every research-based tactic that promised to bring more ease into her life. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest research related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, she followed every strategy that promised to give her more energy - or that could make her more efficient, creative, or intelligent.

Her trials and errors are our reward. In The Sweet Spot, Carter shares the combination of practices that transformed her life from overwhelmed and exhausting to joyful, relaxed, and productive. From instituting daily micro-habits that save time to bigger picture shifts that convert stress into productive and creative energy, The Sweet Spot shows us how to:

  • say "no" strategically and when to say "yes" with abandon
  • make decisions about routine things once to free our minds to focus on higher priorities
  • stop multitasking and gain efficiency
  • "take recess" in sync with the brain's need for rest
  • use technology in ways that bolster, instead of sap, energy
  • increase your ratio of positive to negative emotions

©2015 Christine Carter (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"A gift, like a good friend drawing a personal road map out of the crazy busy swirl of our overloaded lives." (Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed)
"This book did something I thought was impossible: It seemed to give me more time." (Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World)
"A page-turning thriller full of proven ways to have the life you want." (Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness)

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  • Diana
  • 2020-03-05

So good I immediately listened to it twice!

I love Christine's descriptions of life. Her tips are helpful for all people in any stage of life. I highly recommend (and can't wait to listen for a 3rd time!)

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  • Sally Stardust
  • 2015-09-19

Highly recommended.

This book not only feels actionable but it's profoundly inspiring and is deeply researched. I feel that I can recommend it to people who are left brained and people who are right brained. I want a physical copy so I can quickly reference it as needed and I absolutely plan on listening to this book again. Very grateful to have stumbled upon it, and Dr. Carter.

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  • Tim
  • 2015-02-12

If you only buy one self-help book, this is it!

The author uses her own life's experiences and research while boiling down much of what is explained in other books by Carol Dweck, Csikszentmihalyi, and Viktor Frankl, into an easy to follow way of changing your outlook and improving you life. Great book!

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  • V.K.
  • 2021-03-11

Found My Sweet Spot

“Do you find yourself exasperated by the busyness of modern life? Have too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done?” Yes, Dr. Carter, yes. *Cue emotionally charged weeping* The Sweet Spot was the exact thing I needed after stretching myself thin to the point of near breaking. I easily become so focused on trying to get to *all the things* that I invest my time in areas I shouldn’t, because I don’t pause to question the need for my time. As a mom, wife, friend, full-time employee in a fast-paced space, non-profit Board member, volunteer, and all of the other roles I love to play, it is KEY for me to prioritize my own happiness and be productive in the most efficient way, so I don’t fall into complete burnout.

One of my favorite tips: Contemplate death and destruction. :) Dr. Carter outlines recommendations with research throughout the book: I love all the data.

I devoured the audible version of this, and want to give a shoutout to Dr. Carter’s narration. Her voice alone was like a Ted talk: strong and inspiring. I've already listened to the book twice. Here’s to hoping you find your sweet spot.

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  • Danielle Green
  • 2019-08-06

excellent book for a perfectionist

the narrator was excellent. Great for a recovering perfectionist! has many applicable strategies to change your life today

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  • Svetlana
  • 2019-04-13

nice reminder of important things for happy life

the author uses lots references to research and experts advise, to prove her point, also lots of personal samples, I found it very helpful.

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  • cheryl
  • 2018-04-01

Highly Recommended !

Would you listen to The Sweet Spot again? Why?

Yes, I would and did listen to the book twice. Because it is practical logical researched proven coaching reminders on how to live life.

What about Christine Carter Ph.D.’s performance did you like?

Christine Carter Ph.D. presented the information, in an honest manner. It was more like a heart to heart phone conversation with a friend, bold enough to say the things one needs to hear.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Chapters 4,5,6,7, 9, and10.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-19

Mindset shift

Christine calls upon us to question the very definition of our own happiness and re-chart a course towards authenticity and connection to humankind. It is clarity in a world of white noise.

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  • M. Antonakis
  • 2018-02-17

Worth your time

The majority of the topics are very intriguing. It may help you find alternative routes and see daily things differently.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-24

Really really nice and inspiring!

I completely loved the book and the way it was narrated! I felt inspired by all the ideas and I found really useful all the small tips and tricks to use to apply them. I recommended it to all my friends and after I finished listening to it I felt like I have to find another nice book to make me smile before bedtime or early in the morning when I am struggling to get up. Definitely worth my time!

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  • zuleyha
  • 2020-02-17

L'importance de bien gérer son temps

Ce livre est très bien lu. Il permet de se rendre compte de l'importance de bien gérer son temps, en étant productif tout en ayant du temps pour soi. L'auteur souligne à quel point il est fondamental d'avoir du temps pour son bien-être et d'arrêter d'en culpabiliser. Un livre que j'ai beaucoup aimé.