An Oasis In Time

how a day of rest can save your life

Rodale Press 2017

Today’s epidemic of busyness is not new, but the question of what to do about it has become more urgent than ever. Research shows that we must pause regularly to recover. With An Oasis in Time, organizational development expert Marilyn Paul points to a solution that is as radical as it is ancient: We can have weekly rest, renewal, and connection. You can start creating your oasis in time through small steps and short periods of time.

An Oasis in Time shows you how to design your weekly time off, carve out the time from your busy schedule, say no—even when it’s hard—and most importantly, change your mindset so you can have the pleasure of regularly slowing down every week. From spending meaningful time in nature to creating a special, calming environment, Paul provides real strategies for stepping away from the computer and creating a rhythm of serenity.

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Praise for Oasis in Time

“If we don’t refuel, we run on empty. Marilyn Paul explores the power of respite and restoration – well-known in the ancient traditions of the world and confirmed by modern neuroscience – with heart, soul, and many practical suggestions. A distinctive and extremely useful book.”

―Rick Hanson, Ph.D, author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom


“Marilyn Paul makes a compelling case that an ancient ritual can vastly improve your quality of life in a hectic modern world. I’m convinced!”

―Cal Newport, author of Deep Work


“We all know it’s a good idea to take a break from work, but how many of us actually do it? The practical advice in Marilyn Paul’s new book is precisely what we need to close the gap between what we know we should do, and what we actually do. The proof? It’s Friday evening and I’m turning off my computer for the weekend. Thank you Marilyn!”

―Peter Bregman, bestselling author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get The Right Things Done

“An Oasis in Time is just what the doctor―and our loved ones―ordered. Marilyn offers wise, practical steps to finding and protecting your own place of healing, peace, and renewed connection―with ourselves and those we love. An invaluable voice for survival in today’s 24/7 hyper-connected world.”

―Sheila Heen, Harvard Law School faculty and New York Times bestselling co-author of Difficult Conversations


“At a time when many of us feel too busy to breathe, that our work is never done, and that the exhausting “everydayathon” of modern life will never stop, Marilyn Paul’s gentle and thoughtful An Oasis in Time shows there is a way out: taking dedicated time to pause weekly. Paul gives both practical guidelines on how to plan for regular time off, and shows how starting small, slowing down and keeping it simple can reconnect us with what’s most important and help us reclaim our souls.”

―Brigid Schulte, award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play When No One Has the Time and director of The Better Life Lab at New America