Thursday 26 May 2016

Book ~ "The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do" (2015) Sarah Knight

From Goodreads ~ Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It's time to stop giving a f*ck.

This brilliant, hilarious and practical parody of Marie Kondo's bestseller "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame and guilt - and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy.

The easy-to-use, two-step NotSorry Method for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f*ck about:
  • Family drama 
  • Having a "bikini body" 
  • Iceland 
  • Co-workers' opinions, pets, and children 
  • And other bullsh*t!

And it will free you to spend your time, energy and money on the things that really matter. So what are you waiting for? Stop giving a f*ck and start living your best life today!

The title attracted me and that's why I wanted to read this book.  Then I read that it is a parody of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō, which I haven't read.

The book starts out why discussing giving a f*ck and not giving a f*uck ... that is, why should you give a care and why you shouldn't, who doesn't give a care, not caring what people think (you can't control their feelings ... only they can), etc. and ends with a visualization where you list all the things you give a care about and those you don't.

You then categorize your f*cks into (1) things, (2) work, (3) friends, acquaintances and strangers and (4) family and the author tells you how to deal with each category.  You discover what you gain (time, energy and/or money) by not giving a care.

I enjoyed the writing style.  I found it amusing and sarcastic.  Yes, there is a lot of swearing but you figured that out by the title, right?

It's part time management and part cutting out things that annoy you to add things that bring joy.  I already practice a lot of what the author advised (my time is very precious to me) but it was a good reminder.  Though it seems to be written in fun, I found there was a helpful message.

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