New book. Urgency Addiction: How to Slow Down Without Sacrificing Success. Says urgency addicts constantly pressured by time. Walk fast. Talk fast. Eat fast. Constantly looking at watch. Always have somewhere to go, something to do. Everything’s a priority. Sounds important. Must read it ASAP. Heard about it on radio this morning while making instant coffee in the microwave. Still takes eight seconds.

Nina Tassi author. Says everyone’s too busy. No one stops to smell roses anymore. How many roses? Are we talking a dozen, or just a couple? Deep inhalation, or a quick sniff? Still, she has a point.

Note: Call Fred’s Florist and have him deliver two roses to office for smelling next Tuesday at 10:30 AM.

Tassi says faxes, computers, car phones make increasingly frenetic demands on us. Technology controls us, instead of other way around. One second. There’s my beeper. Hold on. Wait. I have another beep on the other line. It’s newest thing: “beeper waiting.”

Book also conjectures that too much to do contributes to short attention sp–

Note: Remember to take speed-reading course.

Where was I?

Oh yes. Short attention sp–

Note: Investigate starting speed-listening course, so people can comprehend audio books at fast-forward speed.

Short attention spans.

Tassi says advertising big culprit because feeds us millions of pieces of information in fragmented, unrelated bits. Saw something about this on TV. Forget which station. One of the 106 I get. Topic was “information overload.”

Said we get more information in today’s daily newspaper alone than most people in 19th century received in whole lifetime. Plus input from radio, TV, magazines, electronic bulletin boards. Can’t process it all. Everything blurs together.

It was on right after show on Martin Van Buren, first Australian president with soft hooves.

Wait–Van Buren was American president. Soft hooves are on Australian mammals. Read about mammals in National Geographic while Van Buren on TV.

So many facts, so little time.

Great idea: Investigate starting new publication, “Reader’s Digest Digest”–excerpts of condensed articles in Reader’s Digest for really busy people.

Checked answering machine. List of people to get back to now totals 178. Got behind because forgot to make list of priorities. Guess it wasn’t priority. Hmm. A paradox. But maybe was good thing, because in urgency book Tassi says time-management techniques are waste of time. Another paradox.

Will call everyone back Monday night during Murphy Brown. Hopefully no one will want to talk. Then I can spend quality time with Billy. Wife says he asked who the strange man at breakfast was yesterday. Didn’t realize it was that long since I ate at home.

Doctor called this afternoon. Said tests showed nothing serious, just nervous exhaustion. Said imperative that I relax. Another thing to worry about.

Asked if I’ve heard about urgency-addiction book. Said yes. Doctor said he heard an Urgency Addicts Anonymous group is forming next month. Next month? Can’t they start sooner? This is important. Doctor said no, they can’t, but sounds like maybe I should go. Goal of group, he said, is to miss meetings.

But doctor said in meantime spend less time worrying about future. Live in the moment.

Note: Schedule “moment” week from Monday to live in.