"So much to do, so little time, I should not have to deal with this! " It\u2019s the ongoing mantra of every business owner and a lot of employees as well. \u00a0You\u2019ll be glad to know that it doesn\u2019t have to be that way and that there is something we\u2019ve all done that is the culprit to creating overwhelm in our lives \u2013 bundling. I\u2019m not just talking about the marketing kind of bundling that you find as \u201cHappy Meals\u201d or \u201cBuy One, Get One Free\u201d offers.\u00a0 I\u2019m talking about a more insidious kind of bundling that we create in our businesses and in our lives. But I\u2019m not the expert on that kind of bundling.\u00a0 For that, you\u2019ll have to turn to an interesting book that I received the other day called Unbundle It: Simplify Your Perspective to Live a Better Life an Release the Power of Your Team by C. Elliott Haverlack (@Unbundleit on Twitter), an experienced consumer products executive. Unbundling: How to Get What You Want in Life and Business The idea of bundling came to Haverlack as one of those epiphanies that you get after playing the same silly game once too often coupled with life experience.\u00a0 He defines bundling as being an: . . .idea tied up in related, but ultimately immaterial nonsense. I found that if we could unbundle the idea or matter from all the stuff that was confounding progress, business could be more successful \u2013 and profitable. Granted, that is a rather nebulous definition.\u00a0 Let me bring it home with an example Haverlack writes about early in the book \u2013 the \u201cmeeting.\u201d \u00a0You all know this meeting because you\u2019ve been part of it. \u00a0There's a\u00a0room full of people who aren\u2019t really completely clear on why they are there.\u00a0 When you state the purpose at hand, at least half of them really don\u2019t belong. Then there are a couple who actually have an answer to a simple question that they can answer in all of three minutes and leave.\u00a0 Then there is a much smaller core group who can probably work out the details and be done with it in less than thirty minutes.\u00a0\u00a0 Haverlack covers simplified meetings in Chapter 6. But the advice doesn\u2019t stop there.\u00a0 Haverlack also has unbundling strategies for living a healthy life.\u00a0 That\u2019s actually what he starts with, your health.\u00a0 He goes on to bust through the conversations you have with yourself about not having enough time to exercise, how exercise hurts and the myriad of other things we \u201cbundle\u201d in our heads that keep us stuck in the muck that we like to call our complicated, overwhelmed lives - as if there is some kind of reward for having the most overwhelming life. There isn\u2019t. And Haverlack is more than happy to burst that bubble in every corner of your life: Your Team: How to see through the (dare I say) BS that gets in the way of optimal team performance. Strategy:\u00a0 Strategy doesn\u2019t have to be this complicated, overwhelming.\u00a0 You\u2019ll love Haverlack\u2019s straightforward take on how to develop a strategy that works for your business \u2013 and it only takes a couple pages. One Size Doesn\u2019t Fit All: Structure your business in a way that allows unique approaches for unique people. There are fifteen chapters in all and each one is filled with the kind of insights and short cuts you can only get by being there and buying the t-shirt. Haverlack Shares His Business Owners Cheat Sheet This book is nothing short of a potpourri of business owner short cuts, insights and maybe even cheat sheets on topics ranging from exercise to negotiation and all the little life lessons in between. You may not agree with Haverlack\u2019s point of view, but that would have value as well, because just disagreeing will uncover YOUR unbundling truth. Normally, I give a summary of the author\u2019s biography, but today, I\u2019m going to share Haverlack\u2019s personal unbundling epiphany in the hopes that it will inspire you as much as it did me. It\u2019s June 5, 1981 and Haverlack is 23 and going to yet another job interview.\u00a0 But today, he decides he\u2019s not leaving that office without the job.\u00a0 He just decides.\u00a0 And in that moment, every insecurity, every concern, every doubt simply leaves him. After a long day of interviewing, he\u2019s called in with the executives where they tell him that they like him.\u00a0 Instead of being satisfied with that, he shares his decision to get the job on that very day.\u00a0 And he gets it.\u00a0 He asks for what he wants and gets it.\u00a0 He decides to never lose control of who he is \u2013 to never try to make himself into something he thinks might work or that he thinks others will want to see. You might think that Unbundle It is a list of Haverlack\u2019s lessons \u2013 and in some ways it is.\u00a0 But after you read Unundle It, you will discover your strengths, your best self and be in the position to make your own decisions and to finally own your life as well as your business.