Hello to Everyone,
Most of us have more that we would like to do, than we have the energy to do. One of the exciting challenges is to have an effective system of establishing priorities and focusing energy on the “right” stuff. Take a few minutes this month and review the system that you are using. If it is working for you, keep on doing what you are doing. If it is not working for you, evaluate the system and make the necessary adjustments.

Ready to Snap: Crazy, Busy and the Lure of Modern Life

Are you too busy? Are you always in a hurry, juggling work and family tasks like balls in the air? Are you ready to snap?

You're not alone. Millions of successful adults are being swept up by today's frenetic, globalize, technology-driven lifestyle. We have plunged into a mad rush of activity, aided by high-speed Internet, cell phones, instant messaging, BlackBerries and email 24/7. We work longer hours, with escalating demands at work and home.

We expect our brains to keep track of more than they can handle and then find ourselves losing and forgetting things — impatient, anxious, worried and plagued by short attention spans. Modern life, for all of its timesaving conveniences, is sapping our creativity, humanity, joy and, occasionally, our sense of humor.

The speed of our lives threatens to destroy our most important connections. Unless you deliberately set aside time for what matters most to you, your connection to it will erode. When it does, you'll find yourself less energetic, less optimistic, less hopeful, less confident and less enthusiastic than before — and you won't even know why.

ADD Nation?

Since the mid-1990s, people have increasingly complained of being chronically inattentive, disorganized and overbooked. Most complaints originate from individuals who do not have clinically diagnosable attention deficit disorder. Instead, they suffer from what Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, author of CrazyBusy (Ballantine Books, 2006), calls "severe cases of modern life."

People have developed environmentally induced attention deficits, he asserts — a phenomenon he describes as the "F-state": frantic, frenzied, forgetful, flummoxed, frustrated and fragmented.

For many people, the F-state is fun. They use email, BlackBerries and other devices to remain stimulated at all times. Doing everything faster feels exciting. But living life faster, always coveting more data, won't increase your sense of fulfillment or deepen your connections to what really matters. Instead, you create the overload you complain about and wind up craving it when faced with moments of stillness.

Human Deficit Disorder

Too much electronic time, coupled with a dearth of human moments, will lead to an as-yet-unnamed medical condition. Symptoms include loss of personal vitality, an inability to converse, a craving for a screen when separated from one and low-grade depression.

Email communication is a poor substitute for authentic human interaction. Electronic messages lack what makes communication interesting and emotional. We send an email because a phone conversation requires too much time, energy and complexity.

At the end of the day, the amount of time spent interacting with others is greatly reduced. While you may, indeed, produce more in less time, you'll be faced with a gnawing feeling of emptiness and lack of fulfillment.


No one would suggest giving up laborsaving devices and the conveniences of email and the Internet. You do, however, need a system to stay on top of what matters most to you.

Here are 10 principles to help you stay on track, adapted from CrazyBusy:

1. Do what matters most to you.

2. Create a positive emotional environment — wherever you are — by developing meaningful connections with people and eliminating negativity.

3. Find your rhythm through astute time management and careful planning of your day.

4. Invest your time wisely by paying attention to how you use it.

5. Don't get caught up in screen-sucking.

6. Identify and control sources of distraction.

7. Delegate what you don't like or aren't good at, and become interdependent with others.

8. Slow down. Stop and think.

9. Don't multitask ineffectively.

10. Play.

Final Thoughts:

We all have 168 hours each week. How we spend those hours determines what we accomplish. My recommendation is to spend 84 of those hours taking care of yourself (sleeping, exercise, eating right, meditating, planning, reading, etc.), so you can be very effective taking care of others during the remaining 84 hours. Your coach can help you with this process.

In July 2011, we will experience 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays, an unusual advantage, use the time wisely.

Thanks for all the recent referrals. I appreciate your support and confidence.

Coach Jerry



The highest compliment you can give us is to refer your family and friends.

Jerry Pinney

For the last twenty years Jerry has been president of his own firm. He has spent his career helping small business organizations grow and succeed. He has a passion for success that he shares with his clients. His current focus is providing executive and personal coaching to persons who are interested in improving their effectiveness and their ability to be successful. He is a facilitator for peer advisory groups with The Alternative Board and is a Certified One Page Plan Consultant. Jerry has facilitated planning retreats and planning sessions for many organizations.

Jerry’s experience includes serving as Vice-president of Marketing for IGA staff office, Vice-president of membership for the National Grocers Association, Sr. Vice-president of procurement for Shurfine International and the Managing Director of The Zenon Hansen Foundation.

Jerry is an Eagle Scout. He lives in Chicago with his wife Terri. Jerry spends his volunteer time as a coach and consultant for The Executive Service Corps of Chicago, an organization committed to help the non-profits in the community improve.

Jerry Pinney & Associates
102 East 32nd Street
Chicago, IL,
phone: 312-842-4577,
fax: 312-842-4705

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