This week’s post will be different from all those that came before it. For the first time, I won’t be providing any tips on personal productivity. Instead, I’d like to share three books that I have read and I recommend everyone serious about becoming more effective at what they do should also read. In no specific order, I give you:
Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy
This is the book that set me on my journey to learn as much as I can about setting and achieving goals. The book starts with a very simple idea. If you had to eat a life frog first thing in the morning, you would probably go through the day knowing the worst thing you had to do is behind you. Brian Tracy likens the most important task on your to-do list to eating a frog. If you can complete that task first thing in the morning, nothing else you have to do is likely to be as difficult. The book also provides easy to apply principles that anyone can apply to help them with task management and prioritisation.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
We are the products of our habits, good or bad. It’s not completely your fault. Habits have survival value and they are addictive. Atomic Habits dives into the science of habit formation. James Clear dissects how and why habits are formed, how to take advantage of that knowledge to form positive habits or break bad habits. This book is very helpful for those who have tried and failed to break a habit loop using sheer mental power.
How to get from where you are to where you want to be by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield presents a series of principles that when mastered will improve your ability to set a goal and work towards it. Presented as a series of 25 Principles explained using humorous anecdotes and personal stories, this book is the sort to read more than once. The first Principle says: Take 100% responsibility for your life. Mastering just that will change the way you look at your life.
If you haven’t read any of these books, feel free to add them to your library. If there are other books you’d like to suggest, feel free to drop a comment below.