Book Review: Enjoy Time by Catherine Blythe - What Katy Said

Book Review: Enjoy Time by Catherine Blythe

Do you enjoy time?

I have to say that up until recently I really haven’t.

I spend my days chasing my tail, rushing to and from school, racing to after school clubs and squeezing in a couple of hours work before crashing in bed. 

All for it to start again the next day.

I have been reading self-improvement books for a while now, I have always loved learning and see no reason to stop just because I’ve left the school system.  So when I was asked to review Enjoy Time from the Build + Become series, I was interested to see what I could learn from it. 

On page 22 I read the first sentence of many that resonated.

“We use the word busy as a synonym for productive. Society reinforces these ideals, celebrating concepts like ‘me time’ because they are luminous exceptions. It normalises the idea that aside from this paltry ‘me time’, our life doesn’t belong to us.”

I forever feel as though I never have enough time, that any ‘me time’ is rare and that I am constantly busy. 

But am I?

This book has really made me think about how I spend my time but also my perception of time itself.

My favourite chapter was on how time changes speed. How you can feel like time is crawling along like a snail when you are bored or doing something you don’t enjoy, but that it races as soon as you are having a great time. 

Put this into a time usage perspective and we’ll all agree that time races by when we get sucked down the social media black hole. How many hours a day do you waste on your phone? And more importantly – are you even enjoying that time?

I think I’d rather spend that hour catching up with a friend over a coffee. In person. 

One of the things I will take with me is the fact that being on your phone or watching tv, although our bodies are still, are not actually relaxing. It is a fast-paced boredom curer, sure but not relaxing. 

So how can we relax?

Making time for slow-paced activities will help the brain to unwind and slow time down enough to allow you to relax.

  • Yoga is a great way to calm down while strengthening your core.
  • Reading allows you to escape reality and enjoy adventures from the comfort of your sofa.
  • Puzzles are my personal favourite. They really make you stop and slow right down while you try and find that piece!
  • Getting crafty with an activity like knitting is a great way to slow down.
  • Getting out for fresh air by going on a nice long walk is always great for clearing the mind. 

Anything that slows you down both physically and mentally is a great way to relax and you will always feel like those hours stretched on for what seemed like the whole day. 

Compare that to a day spent in front of the tv when you feel as though you achieved nothing and before you knew it, Monday morning was knocking on your door. 

Enjoy time is filled with lots of interested perspectives on time, with action points to put into practice and handy round-ups of each chapter. I now have lots of post-it notes marking key pages that I will refer to again and again. 

Now that I have finished the book, I am moving onto the next in the series which is Get Creative. I have always been creative but lately I feel I’ve lost direction a little so am hoping it will give me back my spark. I’ll let you know how I get on! 

You can buy all of the books in the Build + Become series on Amazon here but I actually have a great little bundle to give away. Enjoy Time, Get Creative and Think Differently. The perfect bundle for either yourself or to make a lovely Christmas present. 

All you have to do is complete the below. Good luck! 

Build + Become

45 Comments

  • Reply
    iain maciver
    December 5, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    take a spin on the bike

  • Reply
    Michelle Ferguson
    December 5, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I love getting lost in a good book to relax

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    Alice Dixon
    December 5, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    By getting into a good book while soaking in the bath

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    Vicki Nicholls
    December 5, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    In bed with a book and a cuppa

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    Solange
    December 5, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I listen to music, read a book or have a hot bubble bath.

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    Carole Nott
    December 5, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Go to a quiet room and read a book or magazine

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    Victoria Bazley
    December 5, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I like yoga for relaxation. I always feel better after yoga.

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    Nicki Ramsay
    December 6, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I like to go for a long walk with the dog, I can feel all the stresses of the day dropping off me. I also read and do cross stitch if I want to relax indoors.

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    Katrina Adams
    December 6, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I like to make myself a hot chocolate with all the trimmings (whipped cream, mini marshmallows, shaved chocolate), put the fire on and then spend an hour reading. I just find that it helps me unwind.

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    Cathy H
    December 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Read a book and listen to music!!

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    Rhi - Mummy Of Four
    December 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I think I need these books in my life. With 4 children, time is something that I have to use VERY wisely and I am always keen to make sure that I am making the most out of living every minute. It’s hard to do that as a Mum, isn’t it?

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    stacie copp
    December 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I just like to sit down have a nice cup of tea and rewatch old series on NowTV ??

  • Reply
    Geri Gregg
    December 6, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Pampering myself, making a cup of tea and reading a book x

  • Reply
    Amy Bondoc
    December 7, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I like to go for a long walk then come home to read a little

  • Reply
    Troy Easton
    December 7, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Watch a funny movie.

  • Reply
    Sheri Darby
    December 7, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I relax by going for a long walk

  • Reply
    Hekna
    December 8, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Go for a walk in the forest

  • Reply
    Rebecca Mercer
    December 8, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Watching TV or reading my book in the bath

  • Reply
    Laura Turner
    December 8, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Meditation, reading, walking and spending time with my cat.

  • Reply
    Lauren Main
    December 8, 2018 at 10:04 am

    By having a cup of tea and focussing on my breathing

  • Reply
    Lorna Ledger
    December 8, 2018 at 10:55 am

    It goes a little something like this, the evening to myself, the house is fairly clean, clean bedding, a pamper shower (a shower where I shave myself and exfoliate!), moisturize, clean PJ’s, a takeaway, diet cola, movie of my choice! WOW !

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    Angie McDonald
    December 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Read a good book and make a yummy hot chocolate

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    Lauren Old
    December 8, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I try and do yoga on a weekly basis

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    Cheryl
    December 8, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    A good few chapters of a book in the bath, maybe a candle too

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    Fiona Johnstone
    December 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I get lost in a good book.

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    laura stewart
    December 8, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    a cup of tea and watch the soaps x

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    andrea tinkler
    December 8, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Quiet house. curtains closed and going into a trance like state

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    Tracey Whysall
    December 8, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    I get up early before everyone else and complete a ‘miracle morning’ which boosts my mood and sets me up for a positive day. I also read 10 pages of a self development book usually before I go to sleep at night.

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    Erica Field
    December 9, 2018 at 8:48 am

    A hot bath

  • Reply
    T Brailey
    December 9, 2018 at 8:49 am

    A funny film and good company takes your mind off anything.

  • Reply
    Carol Boffey
    December 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    doing my competitions

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    jo liddement
    December 9, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I love to settle down and read a good book with a cup of herbal tea in the evenings.

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    Rachael Clayton
    December 9, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I like to do guided meditations 🙂

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    Stacie
    December 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    I feel like I need to read this book at the moment. Feeling a huge sense of overwhelm – and that I’m always attempting to fit so much into my day. Great giveaway! 🙂

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    kim neville
    December 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I go for a walk to clear my head then chill on the sofa

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    Stephen Little
    December 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Listen to music.

  • Reply
    Gaby Thurston
    December 9, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Go horseriding

  • Reply
    Tammy Neal
    December 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Snuggly blanket and hot chocolate x

  • Reply
    Alix Smith
    December 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I curl up with a good book

  • Reply
    Sarah Cooper
    December 9, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I do rock painting.

  • Reply
    Keith Hunt
    December 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Sitting on the local sea wall with a posh coffee

  • Reply
    Karen Howden
    December 9, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I relax coaching some acrobatic gymnastics

  • Reply
    Nuala Rees
    December 9, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I love listening to meditation music

  • Reply
    Annette Haden
    December 10, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I like to read or sew

  • Reply
    jacqui rushton
    December 10, 2018 at 12:38 am

    With a good book and a good cup of coffee!

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