• A Minute to Think

  • Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work
  • By: Juliet Funt
  • Narrated by: Juliet Funt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“You’re going to want to share copies of this book with your overbooked friends and colleagues, but before you do, take some time to read it yourself. Funt’s wisdom around making space is priceless.” (Seth Godin, author of The Practice)

Do you wish you could stop the mayhem of work and life and just take a minute? Do you sense you could contribute more if there were a little more room in the day? Does busyness deprive you and your burnt-out team of the oxygen your talents need to catch fire?

Many have felt that way, yet taking a pause has seemed impossible - until now.

In A Minute to Think, Juliet Funt, a globally recognized warrior in the battle against busyness, provides a powerful guide that will give you the permission, framework, and specific direction you need to do the following:

  • Regain control of your overloaded, caffeinated, inbox-worshiping workday
  • Liberate yourself and your teams from burnout and busywork
  • Reclaim creativity and focus despite the chaos around you
  • Bring thoughtfulness into designing your next work norms
  • Tame the beast of email and escape the mire of meetings
  • Find your precious minute to think

You’re not alone in your yearning for freedom from constant reactivity. The global workforce today is so fried that it belongs in the food court of a county fair. We’re relentlessly behind the curve, dousing fires everywhere, and our three a.m. insomnia provides the only unscheduled thinking time of the day.

What we need reinserted in our lives is the missing element of white space - short periods of open, unscheduled time that, when recaptured, change the very nature of work. White space is the stepping back, the strategic pause, the oxygen that allows the sparks of our efforts to catch fire. White space has the power to radically - and simply - reinvent the way we approach work in this maxed-out, post-COVID 21st-century world.

With Juliet’s memorable stories, easy-to-use tools, and razor-sharp instruction, she carves for us an escape route from the overwhelming amount of low-value tasks and the daily avalanche of emails, meetings, decks, and reports. Using research, client stories, and a relatable voice, Juliet shows all of us how to reclaim time for thinking and make room for what truly matters. Whether you are an individual trying to build a more sane and humane flow of daily work, a team that wants new levels of efficiency and effectiveness, or an entire organization changing your culture toward thoughtfulness, this book will lead you there.

©2021 Juliet Funt (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Thought Provoking

And maybe possible. This is one that you don’t need to fear the author being reader, she nailed it.

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Balance is the goal

I loved this book! Creating balance in my busy life as a teacher has been a difficult ride this last season of life--however, after seeing Juliet tall about this book at the GLS, I knew it was exactly what I needed to help me get rid of the guilt, understand the true root problems underneath, and rise with hope for a better work/life balance. Thanks!

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Allow for white space

Great ideas around making time in your schedule to think and be creative. Let’s normalize pausing and bring strategic in our response! You don’t have to have immediate answers!

Highly recommend this book!

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Outstanding Resource

Outstanding resource for anyone feeling like their world of work is to compressed with little to no room for strategic or creative thinking.

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It’s the practicality for me!

When approaching this book I was met with excitement and curiosity all wrapped into one. Hearing example after example and literary imagery I was sucked in, and found myself wanting more. Juliet Funt is such a powerhouse and writes as if she’s speaking to a friend.

This book has inspired me to want more white space in my life. To live life without regret. While being intentional about my time and space.

Thank you for your transparency and the trust extended to you when sharing others stories. This was wonderfully written and will become a part of my annual books to read. Well done!

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New perspectives

This book is absolutely amazing! I enjoyed listening and the author created an environment where the reader could self reflect along with wonderful examples of the concepts she discusses. Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone in a corporate environment or wanting to help simplify your head space.

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A masterpiece

The ideas and principles here are the antidote to our frenzied, stressed out existence. The book is easy to read or listen to and full of good humor and thought provoking stories.

I’m a proud Whitespace (R) disciple now..😎

Mark Goodman
Attorneys for principal of Goodman Law Center
Reno, Nevada

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Insightful & Poignant

Burnt/stressed out? Feel like the corporate world has overtaken your life? Take the time for this book to learn how to “take a minute to think.” We would all be better off reclaiming time to think and create and strategize.

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Amazing and Life Changing

This book offers quick consumable advice that has saved my life and changed my personal life. White space, bikini emails, and 2D vs 3D communications are but a few items shared. The performance is amazing. A must listen to book. It helped me appreciate and teach others the value of my time.

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book is greatest gift you could give yourself

wow she is a ridiculously good writer

she is a ridiculously good narrator

almost every sentence has a phrase that is interesting, fun or full of meaning

this book pays for 2 years of my Audible membership - it is that good

this book will stay with me for a long and help me live smarter, bettee

I'm sure her late, famous father would be proud of her - she and this book are fabulous!

I hope my wife and kids listen also

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Good premise well told

This book is a good mix of stories, theory and is well narrated. Loved the thieves of time and finding krill vs tuna.

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