“Inner Productivity” by Christopher R. Edgar — A Gem Of An Excellent Book

Friends, Just Good Stuff | Posted by Jannie on 8 December 2009 @ 3:20 PM 49 Comments


Friend, are you easily distracted at work, where your boss and co-workers are total jerks and the wallpaper is ugly as sin?

Do you complain about your work most of the time?

Do find yourself saying “I have no motivation?”

Do you often fall asleep at work and wake up a computer built into your right big toe and orange peels on your hair?  (Oh wait — that one’s probably just my work place!  Sorry.)

Do you threaten or shame yourself for not attaining what you’d like?

Do you tell yourself you’re trapped in your current job and feel guilty for desiring the job you’d really like?

Does contemplating a career change make you feel you’re going to jump off a cliff?

Do you feel the uncontrollable urge for “karrits” every two minutes to keep moving forward?  (Oh wait — that’s probably just this guy!  hoo-whoo)  (Yes, a guy!  We have ascertained Blue Bunny is indeed a he of the male persuasion.  hoo-woo.)

But back to the book review!

Are you miserable in your job because you figure “That’s just how it’s gotta be?”

Have you acquired higher credentials but still feel unfulfilled?

Or on the flip side, maybe you are afraid of being perceived as “too happy” at work, so you wear a facade which creates a split between your “work you” and your “real you”?

Friend, if you answered “Yes!” to even one of the above, or if you can state other reasons you’re not happy in your work — this gem of an excellent book is for YOU.

Even if you’re not considering a career transition, but just want to find more satisfaction in what you do, Inner Productivity is still for you!

Inner Productivity is not about organizing our desks, color-coding our post-it notes, or turning off our e-mail to be more productive.

It’s about reorganizing our hearts and minds!

About becoming aware of our perception of things.

About noticing our patterns of thinking and feeling that tend come up when our less-than-desirable work habits surface.

About trusting our innate wisdom.



Could our work enjoyment or lack thereof really be that closely tied to how our bodies feel?

Could fully experiencing our emotions without fighting or fleeing from them actually help  us?

Can we actually feel the inspiration and joy of work in our bodies?

Yes, I tell you!  Yes, yes, yes!

In Inner Productivity Chris guides us to become aware of and pinpoint tensions in our bodies we probably didn’t even realize we had.  Then with concrete exercises — relatively easy exercises — turning  negatives into happy results.

We all want to have an overall vision for the work we do, feel significant in our jobs and enjoy the process as much or more than the product of our work.  Well,  Chris Edgar of Purpose Power Coaching (that’s his blog link,) guides us concisely from his heart how to do this,  in a most pleasant and well-organized read.

And Guess what I found out about ME through this book??

I am NOT lazy — as drummed into me in childhood.

I will NOT die from stage fright, or any other kind of fright.  All fears can be boiled down to one basic fear, and Chris teaches practical ways to release that fear on a cellular level.

I CAN prevent the migraines I realize I bring on by worrying about work stuff, by tuning into the sensations in my body .  [As Chris mentions in his comment below, with focussed breathing]

(Insert Handel’s Aleleuia Chorus here, loudly — with extra cowbell.)

Oh, and I especially love the section in Inner Productivity that encourages us to embrace those “blank moments,” a.k.a writer’s block, which Chris shows are actually the moments that spur us on to our best creativity.  What writer can’t fall in love with that idea?

But Friend, don’t take my word alone on Chris’ gem of an excellent book — there are tons more positive Inner Productivity reviews from well known guys and gals who write about work productivity and such.

“Chris Edgar is an author, speaker and personal coach who focuses on helping people follow their true callings in their careers, and find more enjoyment and efficiency in what they do.” (I stole that wonderful sentence from Bold BloggerTess.)


So go, Grasshopper — go joyously forward with the great inner creation that is YOU.

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  • 1

    On 12 December 2009 at 5:44 am

    Lance said, 

    Today is my rest day – no training today, so I am unable to answer your questions. (I feel so bad) Sven, though, is insistent upon this. Congrats on the awesome hair day, by the way!!! That’s everyday, though, isn’t it?

    Thanks! Jannie really challenged me here, although it was a great training exercise! And I get a 6.89! Woohoo!! Is that out of 7? Or out of 100? (gosh, I sure hope it’s out of 7, or Sven vill NOT be happy)
    .-= Lance´s last blog ..Frank and Me: A Legacy of Mentoring (Giveaway Post) =-.

  • 2

    On 12 December 2009 at 7:22 am

    Jannie said, 

    Well, look at you 3 little sweeties here.

    I just “came to” from the computer fire and explosion concussion episode for a pee and a quick blog-check and bing — 3 amazing sweeties have left kommin.., I mean comments. Thank yo so mutch. Much.

    SNAGGLE!!! My deer deer singing songwriting artistry-ing Snaggle of Massachusetts. (Did I spell that right? Any of it?) So, you’re judging Lance a 6.9 out of a possible 6.0, right? :)

    ROSIE!! Yay, your blog link works great and I left a kommint. WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Don’t you go changing ANYTHING about yourself, except your clothes, Sister!! We love and accept you just as you wonderfully currently are. And we all work on accepting ourselves, flawed beans that we are.

    LANCE!! What does Sven do on your off day? What do you do on your day off? Shoot, those were just two questions, weren’t they? And that was another? And another? OMG – will it EVER end???

    Yes, ended now!

    Going back to my concussion bed now.


  • 3

    On 12 December 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Jeanne said, 


    Wow! When I write a book someday (which I will), I’ll know who to turn to for promotion!!! Holy enthusiasm! :)

    Seriously, the book sounds awesome and I just love, love, love the way you have enthusiastically reviewed it. I don’t know about anybody else but this review makes me want to read it!

    I love the peaceful image on the book cover too. I know they say you can’t judge a book by its cover BUT when I see a book cover like THAT, it does automatically attract my attention.

    Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm on what sounds like an amazing book.


    P.S. Jannie, I hope you knew you are anything but lazy BEFORE reading this book… but I’m glad that it reinforced your self-view of NOT being lazy in the least. If there is one thing you are not… it’s lazy.

    P.P.S. I noticed your comment on another one of your posts that you are going to be purchasing a couple of copies of this book using my Amazon ads on my blog. Thank you in advance for using my Amazon ads. I really appreciate it. (It doesn’t matter whether you or Blue Bunny actually places the order as long as you use legal tender and not lettuce. Amazon does not accept lettuce as currency).
    .-= Jeanne´s last blog ..Dear Dangerous Drivers… =-.

  • 4

    On 13 December 2009 at 10:37 am

    Jannie said, 

    JEANNE!! I am going to post a button on my site sometime to do paid book reviews, at least I’m thinking of that. And since I review only books I really believe, in I know I’ll be inspired to do so. Lazy, my mom used to tell me that about the housework when I was a kid. Therefore I am especially careful to not pass anything like that on to Kelly, any negative labels. Words can damage and we can spend our whole lifetimes trying to get over them.


  • 5

    On 13 December 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Yaya said, 

    You must be really good at book reviews because I want to read every book you review.
    .-= Yaya´s last blog ..Orange You Glad It’s Saturday?! =-.

  • 6

    On 14 December 2009 at 3:21 pm

    J.D. Meier said, 

    I’m a fan of the mind, body, and emotion connection for best results. I do some of my best thinking when I’m throwing snowballs or riding a jet ski or hopping around the country in a car.

    The best place to start with productivity is definitely inside out.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..What 25 Holiday Classics Teach Us About Life and Fun =-.

  • 7

    On 16 December 2009 at 9:46 am

    Jannie said, 

    YAYA!! Well thanks so much. I do only review books that speak deeply to me, so I guess that shows.

    J.D.!! You came to mind as I was reading the book and writing the review, knowing this topic is near and dear to the heart of your blog. I so hope you will read Inner Productivity. And perhaps even review it too.

  • 8

    On 31 December 2009 at 2:59 pm

    jingle said, 

    Do you…questions are awesome,
    it keeps readers gasping for more….

    inner productivity is a good topic, thank you for sharing your insights about WORK PLACE POLITICS!

    .-= jingle´s last blog ..No One Shall Live In Vain! =-.

  • 9

    On 1 January 2010 at 11:11 am

    Jannie said, 


    Do you…Do you… Do you…??? Yes, and Problogger has such a WONDERFUL post about blog questioning….


    ProBlogger is such an amazing guy — Darren Rowse, so giving and creative.

    Work Place Politics can drag you down, Chris’ book is so very very very excellent for helping cope with unhealthy situations.

    Best to YOU too!!


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