I love to read. Love it. I’ve always been drawn to non-fiction books and have got through a staggering number over the years, well into the hundreds as I’m reminded flicking back through my Kindle library.
This voracious appetite for reading has meant I’ve learnt a lot in the areas of personal development and self-help – my two favourite genres.
Over the coming months, I’m going to do a series on the best books in different topic areas and share with you my favourites – the books that have improved my life in some way or led me to an ‘Aha!’ moment.
That’s what reading is about for me – growth and enlightenment. And like to help you get some more of that in your life too with the help of these posts.
Today is about getting inspired and organised, as I believe that’s the first step in pursuing any sort of endeavor in life.
These are my top 5 books to kick start your motivation and get you on your way.
The One Thing – Gary Keller
This is possibly my favourite book on the topic of goal setting and organisation. I loved it!
The entire book is about one simple premise – Focus on one thing, and one thing only if you want to be successful or achieve a goal.
It’s an easy read and the book was ‘aha’ moment after ‘aha’ moment for me. Plus, there’s a load of free resources on The One Thing website which you can download and pin up around your house to stay focused and remember to stick to your ‘One Thing’.
If you struggle with multitasking, read this book now!
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
Another classic and one of my all time favourites. You are probably familiar with it and for good reason.
The title may sound cliched, but I learnt so much from reading it and to this day refer back to a summary of the habits to keep me motivated.
There are some great stories and anecdotes throughout the book that are entertaining and thought provoking.
Plus, it’s practical too, and you can download free worksheets and summaries to print out and take notes, or for reference later.
If you have a ‘big hairy audacious goal’ and need accountability, this is a great book to start with.
Finding your own North Star – Martha Beck
I read this book in the depths of Burnout and it helped me immensely. It’s both practical and philosophical, and if you are unsure about what you’re supposed to do with your life or where to even start, this is a great book to read.
There are activities peppered through the chapters which I highly recommend working through as you read.
The whole process of reading this book can involve some uncomfortable conversations with yourself, but to get the most out of it and enable yourself to move forward they truly do work!
Getting Things Done – David Allen
This is a productivity book, and in some ways, I found it quite dry but there are some absolute gems in it.
I recommend reading a summary of the book to pick out the main points and getting familiar with the ‘GTD’ method of organising your time. This is fantastic for time wasters, procrastinators and anyone who needs a little boost in motivation.
Incorporating some of the productivity advice into my day to day routine has freed up precious time and helps me focus on what’s important.
Double Double – Cameron Herald
This is actually a business book, and I don’t even recommend the entire book (unless you have your own business), just chapter 1.
In the opening chapter, the author walks through a powerful exercise of visualising and imagining your future in three years time.
There are a number of probing questions and journaling type activities, which I loved and got a lot out of.
If you love inspiring yourself and picturing your dream future, this is for you.
The chapter and process is called Vivid Vision and it can be downloaded for free either from the Kindle store or from Cameron’s website.