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Chris Lewis

How to Reclaim Your Creativity in a Hyper-connected Work Culture

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Too Fast to Think by Chris Lewis shows how slowing down can lead to better creativity, productivity, and wellbeing. It explains why and how to replace busyness with mindfulness, and presents a toolkit to help readers achieve it in their personal and professional lives.

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    Constantly checking your emails and social media accounts creates stress, especially for women.


    In the last 20 years, the line between people’s working and social lives has blurred. The primary reason for this change is social media.

    Frankly, it’s transformed human behavior. Being connected has become increasingly important: how often do you interrupt what you’re doing to check your news feed, emails and other means of communication?

    In 2015, Adobe surveyed more than 400 US-based white collar workers aged 18 and older. More than half of the millennials who participated checked their personal email from work and vice versa.

    Social media has changed how people think about the world. Thanks to algorithms and targeted news pieces, your feeds are populated with content catered to you. Individuals tend to know little about issues outside their own interests. This is why young people often know more about Kim Kardashian’s life than the candidates in a presidential election.

    Interestingly, women are more active on social media. Compared to men, they delegate more time to staying connected with online friends and following brands they support.

    In January 2014, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey in conjunction with Women’s Marketing, Inc, and SheSpeaks. The results showed that women are more likely to use social media to advertise their lives and buy products from brands they follow. In addition, the survey found that 46 percent of women look at their smartphone first thing in the morning while 31 percent check their computers.

    This increased amount of online engagement leads to more stress. The Pew Research Center noticed that social media allows for a higher awareness of others’ lives, which can promote stressful feelings. As women are naturally more susceptible to stress, social media has a greater effect on them. It’s drastically changed the way that people act and communicate.

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    What is Too Fast to Think about?

    Too Fast to Think (2016) serves as a handy reminder to reevaluate the way you use your mind in this rapid, ever-changing era. These blinks explain why social media has such a negative effect on people and how you can bolster your creativity by giving your brain a break.

    Too Fast to Think Review

    Too Fast to Think (2016) by Chris Lewis explores the importance of slowing down in a fast-paced world and nurturing our creativity. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It presents a compelling case for the benefits of taking time to think, reflect, and innovate, helping us navigate the information overload and make better decisions.
    • Through real-world examples and insights from successful individuals and companies, it provides a thought-provoking perspective on the power of slowing down to accelerate progress.
    • The book's fresh approach challenges the notion that constant busyness leads to success and encourages readers to prioritize reflection and creativity for personal and professional growth.

    Best quote from Too Fast to Think

    Creativity is the residue of time wasted. – Albert Einstein

    —Chris Lewis
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    Who should read Too Fast to Think?

    • Young people addicted to social media
    • Artists stuck for inspiration
    • People suffering from stress

    About the Author

    Christopher Lewis is the founder and CEO of LEWIS Advisory Board, one of the world’s most influential marketing and communications agencies. He is also a published journalist and media trainer who’s worked with senior politicians, celebrities and business people.


    © Christopher Lewis, 2016. This Summary of Too Fast to Think is published by arrangement with Kogan Page.

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    The main message of Too Fast to Think is the importance of quieting our minds to foster creativity and deep thinking.

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    Too Fast to Think is worth reading as it offers valuable insights on how to slow down in a fast-paced world, nurturing our ability to think creatively and deeply.

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    Chris Lewis is the author of Too Fast to Think.

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