Erica K. Cardozo
May 17, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Timeshifting: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life

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Stephan Rechtschaffen
Self-Help and Psychology
We gave it a B+

Speaking of time, Stephan Rechtschaffen certainly takes his in this rather rambling thesis. Then again, maybe he’s done so on purpose, to highlight his point: Unlike our farming forebears, who saw time as circular and seasonal, we pressure-cooked, late-20th-century Americans feel that ”time is the enemy,” something to beat and race against. ”This constant rushing,” writes Rechtschaffen, ”robs us of the peace of mind and basic pleasures that are our birthright.” Instead, we must learn to ”drop in, to notice things, to…pay attention moment to moment” because, as the author says, ”in the present moment, there is no stress.” How? By practicing ”timeshifting” exercises. You’ll have to read Timeshifting: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life to discover exactly what these nuggets of wisdom are all about (from ”Come into work ten minutes early and claim this time for yourself” to ”Pick a Wednesday afternoon three weeks from now, write your own name in your appointment book, and leave work at one o’clock…going wherever your whim takes you”). This is healing, life-altering advice — provided, of course, we’re willing to do the unthinkable and actually slow…ourselves…d-o-w-n. B+

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