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10 Days to Faster Reading
The Princeton Language Institute, Abby Marks Beale
The competing pressures of our daily lives often leave us little time to read, but by applying this life hack, you can improve your reading speed in under 10 days! Written for everyone who doesn’t have the time to read as much as they’d like or for those whose to-be-read pile has taken over their apartment, 10 Days to Faster Reading outlines why our inability to read quickly isn’t formed through overcommitment. Positing that bad habits and toxic mindsets prevent us reading effectively, the joint research of The Princeton Language Institute and author Abby Marks Beale offers practical solutions for tackling those setbacks and developing efficient reading habits.
16 minutes
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management
Kevin Kruse
Learn the 15 secrets of highly successful people and how you can use their secrets to boost your productivity, feel less stressed, and leave work on time each day. Our lives are filled with distractions. As you go about your day, your phone constantly buzzes with important emails, text messages, phone calls, and news alerts. These constant interruptions steal your most valuable resource: time. The danger of losing time is that you never get it back. You have 1,440 minutes in a day, the same as everybody else, but it’s up to you to use them wisely. Luckily, Kevin Kruse has done the hard work for you by researching and interviewing hundreds of highly successful people. Now, you can learn the 15 secrets for success as laid out by billionaires like Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, and Jack Dorsey.
25 minutes
Atomic Habits
James Clear
Learn about the easy and proven way to build good habits and break the bad ones. What’s a habit? If someone were to ask you about your daily habits, you might need some time to think about them. That’s because a habit, by definition, is an act that you perform automatically by instinct. Like when you walk into a dark room, you instinctively turn on a light switch, right? Habits are actions you don’t even have to think about, which is why you might not realize how a small daily action can have a powerful effect on your life. If you’re saving a dollar a day or smoking a cigarette a day, these actions may not seem like much now, but twenty years from now, those habits can either make you rich or, unfortunately, kill you. That’s why it’s important to understand how habits are formed, so you can learn how to kick the bad habits, implement the healthy ones, and take back control of your life.
13 minutes
Do the Work
Steven Pressfield
Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way. Do you find yourself unable to finish a project? Perhaps your dream is to write a book, start a new business, or begin a new philanthropic endeavor. As you begin your new project, fear begins to seep in and you begin to self-sabotage. You procrastinate and begin to engage in self-doubt, these demons prohibit you from achieving your goals and pursuing your dreams. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves in this position quite often. But where does this inner resistance come from and why is it consistently stopping us from accomplishing more? Throughout Do the Work, Steven Pressfield aims to teach you everything you need to know to identify these causes of resistance and how to stop it from taking over. You’ll learn the various techniques you need to overcome the resistance, get back to work and finally turn your dreams into a reality. As you read, you’ll learn how arrogance and ignorance are your allies, you'll discover how to slay a dragon, and finally, you'll understand why failure leads to success.
19 minutes
Michael Townsend Williams
With its emphasis on restoring your mental health through a return to the basic health practices of life, Do/Breathe (2015) is not your typical self-help book. Abandoning prescriptive or pressuring models of personal development, Do/Breathe invites readers to take a relaxing step back to the basics of human existence and address our most fundamental needs: eating, breathing, and sleeping. By offering a simple and relaxing guide to promoting work/life balance, Michael Townsend Williams’ research presents a new way to hone your focus and be present and at peace in your everyday life.
7 minutes
Getting COMFY
Jordan Gross
Cultivate a morning routine that brings you joy. Written for anyone who wants to start the day off right or maximize the power of their mornings, Getting COMFY (2018) is your five-step guide to cultivating a morning routine that brings you joy and challenges the mundane. Packed with foolproof top tips and a five-step action plan, author and lifestyle guru Jordan Gross demonstrates the power of making mornings your own.
9 minutes
Good Strategy, Bad Strategy
Richard Rumelt
Learn why strategic choices can make or break your life. Good Strategy, Bad Strategy (2011) demonstrates why strategic choices are crucial for creating a successful and meaningful life. Taking good and bad examples from multiple disciplines, this book provides you with a practical and actionable guide for making the best strategic choices for your future.
15 minutes
How to Break up With Your Phone
Catherine Price
For everyone who needs to tell their phone, “It’s not me, it’s definitely you,” How to Break up With Your Phone (2018) offers a foolproof handbook for setting yourself free from one of our most popular toxic relationships. Exploring the toxicity of social media addiction, Catherine Price’s critical study examines our phones’ impact on our productivity, mental health, and relationships to illustrate the necessity of reforming our digital habits. Arguing that we need to stop using our devices as distractions, Price reminds us how to re-engage with the real world and set healthy boundaries by providing practical steps for cultivating safe tech habits that can actually improve our quality of life.
11 minutes
Nir Eyal
Become the most productive person you know as you learn how to tackle distractions, from emails and social media to chatty colleagues, and figure out how you can become indistractable. How often do you sit down to accomplish a task and, instead, find yourself logging onto Facebook, conversing with colleagues, or skimming online news? It’s a common occurrence for most of us, especially in this modern world of technology. However, Nir Eyal suggests that technology isn’t to blame for our constant distraction. In fact, our brains are hardwired for distraction, luckily, we can learn to control the triggers that we encounter every day. Nowadays, technology can even help us overcome these triggers with apps that block distracting sites and set time limits. And now, you can learn how to become the most productive person you know through Eyal’s actionable advice and tips to tackle daily distractions like emails and boredom.
12 minutes
Living the 80/20 Way
Richard Koch
Learn how living the 80/20 way can help you find happiness and success by simply doing less. Like most people in today's society, you may be tired of the daily grind. You simply wake up, head to work, sit at your desk all day, head home, eat dinner, go to bed, and do it all again the next day. There has to be more, right? Well, according to Koch, we are living life all wrong; instead of working to live, we live to work. We spend most of our time exerting our energy at work, only to find that when we get home, we are too exhausted and to give our best selves to our families and friends. Here’s where the 80/20 principle comes in. The 80/20 principle refers to the observation that roughly 80 percent of results stem from 20 percent of causes. For example, the world’s top 20 percent of people generate 80 percent of the world’s wealth. While this principle has been used successfully in the business and economics world, it can now be applied to the lives of any individual. In other words, we can achieve more by doing less. As you read, you’ll learn how to find your happiness islands, how to save money like the wealthy, and lastly, how living a simple life may be the key to success.
17 minutes
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