Coming just in time to help readers follow through on their work/life balance “New Year, New You” resolutions, William Morrow has published #CHILL: Turn off Your Job and Turn on Your Life by Dr. Bryan E. Robinson.
Robinson is uniquely positioned to counsel workaholics, perfectionists, overachievers, work-obsessed folk and others of the like. Robinson admits that he is a recovering workaholic. The insights within this mindfulness and meditation guidebook are rooted in his personal experiences as well as his professional expertise as a licensed psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
We all know good health and happiness depend on having proper equilibrium between our work and private lives. But in today’s hectic work environment where we must do more in less time and with fewer resources, that goal can feel impossible to attain.
Under the constant pressure to overperform and encouraged by the promotions we receive for working nonstop, it’s easy to get trapped in a cycle of overworking. Robinson aims to break that toxic pattern, giving readers tips and tools to wake up from a life lived on automatic and become fully aware of the present moment.
The guidance and meditations outlined in #CHILLspan 12 months, with each month tailored to a theme. For instance, January—named for the Roman Janus—is represented by back-to-back heads simultaneously looking backward and forward. This symbolism encourages readers to look back on what workaholic tendencies have become unmanageable and look forward to changing those behaviors for the better. A sample of other key takeaways include:
• The 9-5 is dead: The 24/7 mentality has taken over with work slithering its way into every hour of the day
• Outlast Burnout: when overworking outweighs self-care it’s time to recharge and invest in your own well-being
• Embrace maybe: being okay with not having a definite outcome and realizing every possibility has numerous ways it can resolve
• Avoid multitasking: while usually celebrated, multitasking undermines the ability to focus and often results in half-baked projects
• Let It Go: that doesn’t mean giving up, it means you stop trying to control the things you can’t or don’t need to control
Crafted to ground even the busiest of minds, #CHILL provides advice, inspiring quotes, and support needed to calm anxiety, break the addiction to work, and foster a peaceful, balanced life. The book will assist in helping the overworked realign and relearn what truly matters so that they can still excel at their job without sacrificing their joy.
In this Q&A, Dr. Robinson provided more perspective into his thinking.
BookTrib: What’s the difference in a chilled worker and a workaholic?
Dr. Bryan Robinson: A chilled worker is in the office dreaming about being on the ski slopes. A workaholic is on the ski slopes dreaming about being back in the office. If you’re a workaholic, you have difficulty turning off your “task mode.” If you’re chill, you are able to balance work and the other areas of your life: relationships, play, work, and self-care.
BT: In your book you talk about “Great Work.” What do you mean by that?
BR: Great Work is more than winning accolades, earning fat paychecks, getting that promotion, or staying ahead of deadlines. Great Work is toiling with greatness—compassion, empathy, self-care and care for others, honesty, integrity, loving, kindness, admitting mistakes and fixing them, self-correction.
In other words, it’s not simply the product of your efforts or completion of tasks; it’s the process you go through to get to the task.
BT: What does a reader learn in your book about how to chill?
BR: You learn that Chilling isn’t just something you do; it’s a perspective—a way of being in the world. It’s not just finding a hobby, exercising, meditating, or relaxing, although that’s part of it. It goes deeper. When you’re in Chill, you are leading your life from eight states of being all of which start with the letter “C”: Calm, Clarity, Confidence, Curiosity, Compassion, Creativity, Connectedness, and Courage.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Bryan Robinson is a licensed psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He currently has a blog on Psychology Today called “The Right Mindset.” He has been interviewed by Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among countless other magazines. Robinson’s prior books have been published