A big goal of mine in 2015 is to read more. I’ve definitely been off to a strong start and finished Manage Your Day-To-Day pretty early in the new year.
This book is the first in a three book series and really breaks down how to stay focused and organized in a crazy 24/7 world. It breaks it down how to create routines (which you know I’m all about) and implementing daily rituals that invite a productive work/life balance. I was all about this book and honestly can’t say enough good things.
When I first stumbled upon the book on Amazon, I was skeptical about reading it. I hadn’t discovered the genius that is Behance’s 99u blog and products and didn’t want another book that suggested a need to organize but didn’t dig deeper.
I definitely got what I was looking for.
After reading this book, I took time to reflect on my own routine and common practices. The fact of the matter is that just because you’re getting things done doesn’t mean your progressing in a way that’s truly beneficial to you. When we’re always connected, wired and working it’s hard to separate work that helps advance towards our creative and professional goals and distraction masked as work.
As a generally busy person, I’m good about scheduling and setting aside time for things that need to be done, but I never put great emphasis on the need to recharge. And a lack of recharging only means assured burn out. (Read another post on blogger burn out here.)
So many of the contributors noted that they schedule recharging time into their calendars like any other event. And they stick to it –treating it like an appointment with a client (because isn’t it, essentially?).There are about 20 amazing contributors in this book, which made it an even better read for me. There were plenty of new voices and ways of presenting information that kept it fresh. Probably why I devoured it so quickly.
Also, between the sections there were brilliant quotes relevant to what you just read. The one above was one of my favorites.
I’ve already started the second one and I can’t wait to dig into it. You can check out all of the books, and the amazing 99u blog on their site.
I’ll be sharing my full reading list for 2015 soon. Any recommendations?