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Jason M. Reynolds, staff writer for the Times-Gazette, wants to hear your stories of good and bad behavior you have noticed for a possible mention in this column. Email him at jreynolds@t-g.com. Reynolds has observed a plethora of both good and bad behaviors over the years, and tries to rise above the bad to be a better person, with mixed results.

Women: Learn how to break busyness

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Alli Worthington (Submitted photo)

A new book by a woman entrepreneur for all women is taking aim at the cultural attitude that says the busier you are, the better.

Alli Worthington is an author, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women, an organization that empowers female leaders. Her new book is "Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace & Purpose in a World of Crazy."

Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Worthington co-founded BlissDom Events and has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. She is a busy woman, but she used to be much busier.

Worthington was so busy, in fact, that she experienced an embarrassing failure a few years ago. Rushing to the airport for a 6 a.m. flight from San Francisco to Nashville, she thought she had left her iPhone in the shuttle. She borrowed a phone to call hers and suddenly, her bra started ringing. Yes, she had lost her phone in her bra while sleeping in the shuttle. She writes that she had known better than to take such an early flight but she was so busy. ...

That reminds me of my editor, Sadie Fowler. She recently went through two, count them, two, iPhones over the past month. The first phone she dropped in a toilet in the airport. After her phone insurance money came through, she brought home a new iPhone -- and it was almost immediately drenched when her cup of water overturned in her car. She was about to head back out of town and had to buy yet another phone, without using her insurance this time.

I gave Sadie my copy of "Breaking Busy."

Worthington was not alone in her busyness.

Women in America are busy and getting busier every year. According to a survey published by USA Today, 69 percent of people polled said they were "busy," or "very busy." Women between the ages of 30 and 60 were the busiest, reporting that they regularly sacrificed sleep, recreation, hobbies and family due to their hectic schedules.

Worthington identifies seven signs that someone is too busy, including an inability to control your emotions, lack of self-care, illness and chronic lateness. Learn how to stop chasing what leaves you empty and recognize how what you say "No" to can determine what you say "Yes" to.

In "Breaking Busy," Worthington draws from her own life experience as a mother of five boys, an entrepreneur, blogger and business consultant. Each chapter ends with questions and action items for the reader so that by the end of the book, a reader will have the tools she needs to better understand herself and, therefore, discover a more fulfilling and less busy path. She also talks about listening to God's nudging in your life. She shares how she reluctantly listened to God and walked away from a successful company she had co-founded and shares the lessons she learned.

Worthington lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, rescued dog and cat who showed up on their doorstep. Her website is AlliWorthington.com.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book plus a book bundle from publisher Zondervan in exchange for my thoughts and opinions of "Breaking Busy." But I figure Worthington knows what she is talking about. Anyone who loses their cell phone in their undergarments in the airport must know one or two things about being busy -- and has the motivation to slow down.

-- Jason Reynolds is a staff writer for the Times-Gazette. Email him at jreynolds@t-g.com; although he is extremely busy, he will get back to you as soon as possible. Follow him on Twitter at @reynoldsjason.

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