- Getting Things Done by Brian Allen. The GTD methodology has a near cult-like following. While I’ve incorporated many of the ideas from GTD, I have never been successful at implementing the full process. My “GTD Lite” process has served me well without overcomplicating.
- Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy “provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more.”
- Essentialism by Greg McKeown. “Working hard is important. But more effort does not necessarily yield more results. ‘Less but better’ does.” <– This.
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine. Paine was one of the first bloggers I followed consistently, and her growth as a blogger, business owner and person has greatly inspired me over the last eight years. 21 Days is a straightforward workbook to help focus, prioritize and gain discipline.
- Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte. My favorite part(s) about this book are the number of research studies and thorough approach. Schulte’s background as a journalist shines in the best of ways.
- Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner. The endless energy that Turner has to fit so.many.things into her fringe hours is impressive. I admit to feeling daunted by just how much she fits in her days. At the same time, she talks about how much she truly enjoys all that she does. The concept of fringe hours, and fitting important, soul-filling activities into pockets of time is fantastic. Reading this book inspired me to be more intentional about using small pockets of time for intentional reading (love my Kindle app!) rather than mindless Facebook or web surfing.
- I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam. I love, love, love Vanderkam’s no-nonsense approach that of course working moms have enough time to do it all – as long as we prioritize what “all” is to us. (Vanderkam’s older book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think is another good read.)
- Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson. Margin was on a book list for one of my college classes. I’m sure I read the required excerpt, but it was only a year or two ago that I made it through the entire book. This one is more academic than some of the others (read: not a quick read, but worth it to go in-depth).
- Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews. This one is short, but backs a serious punch. Amy’s no-nonsense, straightforward manner is fantastic. A practical, quick-to-implement read at $2.99, this is my number one pick if you had to choose from this list.
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