I’m not a young guy. I have my ways of working. I get a lot done.
Not effectively enough.
I (still) need help.
I suspect you do also.
So, as another year winds to a close, and you think about becoming a little more effective and productive in 2019, one way to make that happen is to read some good books and practice the lessons learned.
I have a group of three books to recommend; to recommend strongly! My recommendation is to read them in order.
Book #1 – Getting Things Done by David Allen. This is the modern-day “bible” on time management. The book is filled with tips and suggestions: keep a “next action” folder handy; write the date and place at the top of the page for every piece of paper you write; have pens and pads everywhere; download any “to do” from your mind onto paper, in a system that is instantly and easily retrievable.
Read this book first.
Book #2 – The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. This would have been the one book on habit building until book recommendation #3. But I will still recommend this. It has a broader scope than book #3, especially regarding building good organizational habits. And, it provides a solid foundational understanding that will set you up for…
Book #3 – Atomic Habits by James Clear. This is new book, one that I just finished reading. It is terrific. It too has many, many tips and suggestions, but all grounded in research-based findings. Here is his Cardinal Rule of Behavior Change: What is rewarded is repeated. What is punished is avoided. And his four laws of behavior change are – how to create a good habit, and, how to break a bad habit:
|How to Create a Good Habit||How to Break a Bad Habit|
|Law #1 – Make it Obvious||Law #1 – Make it Invisible|
|Law #2 – Make it Attractive||Law #2 – Make it Unattractive|
|Law #3 – Make it Easy||Law #3 – Make it Difficult|
|Law #4 – Make it Satisfying||Law #4 – Make it Unsatisfying|
Read these three books; let them help you examine and evaluate all the ways you work; and then let them point you to ways to work more effectively.
I think you might set yourself up for a better year.
After this Friday, I will I have presented synopses of all three of these books at the First Friday Book Synopsisin Dallas. My synopses, with multi-page, comprehensive handouts + the audio recordings of my presentations, can be purchased from the buy synopses tab at the top of this web page. I think you will find them genuinely useful.