These are some of the books that have improved how I work, reduced my stress, and helped me become Future Mel. They can help you, too.
If you want to be more efficient and less stressed, check out these stellar reads.
Winners take breaks! So much of this book was fascinating and applicable to my business (you won't catch me making important decisions at 2pm!), but nothing more so than what I learned about taking breaks. I'm sure other books have said, "you should take breaks," but this book came at the right time and I was finally able to hear the truth... high performers take breaks. So now I do, too. Highly recommend!AMAZON
First of all, I will never look at toothpaste the same. I can’t believe a foaming agent had to be added in the early days of toothpaste all because… well, I won’t spoil the surprise for you. I love learning about how my brain works and The Power of Habit gave me the power to understand (and change) my habits.
The stories and examples in this book are absolutely fascinating and will stick in your brain like dried oatmeal and never let go. I use what I learned about SMART Goals and STRETCH Goals on a regular basis and obnoxiously tell anyone who will listen about the importance of manually manipulating data like the teachers of Cincinnati’s Public Schools.
As far as books that completely blew my mind go, this one is near the top of the list. I’ve made nearly everyone in my life take the quiz to find out which tendency they are and as soon as I know I say, “Aaahhh yes. It makes so much sense.” But seriously, I use so much of the advice in this book to leverage my own strengths and get the most out of my Questioner tendency.
I loved so much of the advice in this book. It’s chock full of practical, actionable tips you can immediately implement to improve your workday. Probably my favorite piece of advice was, “create before you consume.” Meaning… do your stuff before your check your email and twitter and all those other seemingly important distractions. Highly recommend this one!
This book had a ton of advice and explanation about how our brains work and what our brains need in order to do the really super creative stuff. I literally fist pumped the air during the section about how we’re not really doing as much work as we think we are (something I’ve always suspected). Some of the advice is not applicable. Like… we can’t all go on a 6-month solitary sabbatical to the Himalayan’s, but we can all take a social media break.
This. Book. Is. Amazing. It’s the master handbook of How Your Mindset Got You Where You Are and How To Give Yourself The Kick In The Ass You Need To Change Things. Yes, it’s “woo woo.” If you are opposed to all things woo woo, you will probably hate it. You probably also really need to read it.
If I'm being honest, the first time I read this book I was pretty sure I didn't understand it. I could barely get through a couple of pages before my brain would just melt from trying to understand the words on the page. But I didn't give up. I tried the audiobook, but it was still too much. So, I listened to the abridged audiobook. Then, I graduated to the full audiobook. I still didn't think I was grasping everything, but then I picked the print book back up 5 years later... and I realized how much this book changed my life.
Five years later, not only was it easy to read and understand, but I realized all the time I thought I wasn't getting it, I was internalizing the most important lessons and they had a profound impact on the way I live. From beginning with the end in mind (hello, Future Mel!) to seeking to understand before being understood, I know I'm a much better human because of Stephen Covey's words. Read it. Even if you struggle, don't give up. It will be worth it.
This is the kind of book you want to read a couple of pages of and then marinate on for the rest of the day. There’s some real deep stuff happening here, but coming to understand the power of the four agreements was the first step in an incredible journey of transformation for me. My life hasn’t been the same in the most positive of ways.
Good thing I listened to this audiobook while I was alone in the car for a 12-hour trip because I did a lot of shouting. Mostly things like, “Holy crap! You’re so right, Jen!” and “Yes! I am a badass and I’m going to stop getting in my own way!” This book changed my money mindset in the most kickass way. (Meaning: it really kicked my ass.) Plus Jen is hilarious. Also, there’s cursing. So ya know it’s not boring.
How to set your sights on what you want and get there.
This is a total breakdown of goal setting and achievement. Struggling to accomplish the goals you set? Read this book and figure out where you’re going wrong. Then get back to kicking butt.
Because you deserve to have some fun.
This book is pure joyful fun. I have a theatre degree and loved my time on the stage, so this book pushes all the right buttons for me. Tim uses his experience on Broadway to equate to life lessons like, “Save the Drama for the Stage” and "Find Your ‘I Want’ Song.” There are some great tips for writers and artists of all types, but also this book is laugh-out-loud, gleeful fun. A real treat.
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