Book review: 132 Seize the Days

Author: Amelia Thomas
Price: £5
Publisher: Lonely Planet
Pages: 132
ISBN: 9781741791440

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Sprinkled with humour and ideas, this little book brings to our attention how much leisure time is available to us.

The UK is perceived as a workaholic society, with The Work Foundation, BT and Management Today magazine finding that 37% of men do unscheduled work at Christmas. It is well documented that long hours and few holidays can lead to a serious increase in stress levels. This book is about reclaiming your time and assessing how you spend your time and what you can do to make the most of your weekends, holiday time and bank holidays – which add up to 132 free days a year.

If you never realised how much time is at your disposal, this book will help you with ideas on how to maximise your freedom. The ideas range from a walk in the park to adventure holidays.

Every break from work can bring mental and physical health benefits so try out the ideas, and find more of your own. Even a couple of hours reading the book is effective because it will get you thinking about your lifestyle and work-life balance.

So I might see you feeding the ducks at your local park (30 minutes) or cycling coast to coast across the US (132 days). Please, do wave.

Useful? Four out of five stars
Well-written? Four out of five stars
Practical? Four out of five stars
Inspirational? Four out of five stars
Value for money? Five out of five stars
Overall Four out of five stars

Reviewed by Keith Lawson, lecturer on business and management and consultant to the voluntary sector

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