We’ve all read different self-help or productivity books, and there are many that talk about a narrow section of a particular topic. I mentioned this as I started this season, and I’m interested in exploring what it could look like to take several of these books and start to put the concepts together to get a more broad view of the topic.
Now, there are many reviews and summaries available that cover the topics, but I’d like to start exploring how these different books intersect – how they fit together, like a puzzle.
I haven’t really started delving into this yet, but I’d like to share how I hope to approach this, and then probably start rolling through this over the upcoming months.
Here are some of the books I have in mind (and a little about each one):
- The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
- What is the one thing I can do such that doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
- Less but better.
- Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time by Rory Vaden
- Interview I had with Rory
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do what We Do in LIfe and Business by Charles DuHigg
- How habits work (the habit loop) and how to create new habits
- Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal
- Opposite of distraction is traction (this blew my mind – I thought it was focus)
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
- Develop deep work routines to drastically improve your focus while working
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
- Grit is about stamina, not intensity
- Passion is not quite what I thought it was
- I participated in a 2-month book club on this book
- Time Management Magic: How to Get More Done Every Day and More from Surviving to Thriving by Lee Cockerell
- Haven’t listened yet, but I have listened to Lee Cockerell’s podcast and have heard many of the principles he has in the book.
- Lessons he’s learned and fine-tuned while working as a VP at Disney World as well as in other management positions in the hotel industry
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
- Get everything out of your head and on paper
- “Being creative, strategic, and simple present and loving don’t require time – they require space.”
There are probably many other books or resources I could include in this, but these 9 were readily available on my Audible account.
As you can see, they all relate to time management and productivity in some way, but all from different angles and perspectives.
I don’t have a solid plan on how I’m going to tackle this project or how I’m going to share results with you when I do, but I want to at least take the first step and introduce this to you. I also don’t know what it’ll look like when it’s done, but that doesn’t really matter right now.
Maybe you would even be interested in working with me on this – maybe like a virtual book club or something. If so, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know that you’re interested in this. If I get enough people interested, we’ll get something started.
Also, let me know if there are any other books you think I should add to this list.
I’m going to have links to each of these books in the show notes, in case you want to check them out.