This year I had a personal goal that of reading as many books as possible, but to be more specific than this I chosen 8 books for 2020. At the time of writing this article, I'm behind schedule with 1 book. I'm not worried because last year I managed to read only two books which means that the progress made this year is enormous.
I can't say I love reading, but I did it anyway because you get so much out of reading. You learn new words and this is really beneficial for a non-native speaker (like me) and you also get many different perspectives from different authors.
Was a challenge to stick to this habit for so long, but two things helped me for sure: owning a Kindle which made the reading experience more convenient, and allocating at least 30 minutes per day for it. I usually did it in bed before falling asleep. It May not work for you thought, but this was my strategy and it paid off.
Now going through my recommendations, here are some of the books I consider an interesting read:
1. Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
This book changed the way I approach my time, social media, and the way I react to what's in front of me. If you're filling your time with all kinds of tasks, make plans and set many, many goals because this is how we were programmed by the modern society, sadly these are the default rules of the Busy Bandwagon. As the authors say on their blog: "Doing more doesn’t help you create time for what matters; it just makes you feel even more frazzled and busy. And when you’re busy day after day, time slides by in a blur."
A book with A LOT of tactics to help and teach you how to be more intentional with your time. Things like "Might-Do List", "Burner List", or "Highlight Tactics" are a small part of what is inside.
2. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
Mindless device use is something I only realized I was doing months ago while I was reading this book. People don't fail to resist the pressure to screens because they're lazy, but instead, because billions of dollars have been invested to make this outcome inevitable.
Minimizing distraction and respecting user's attention would reduce revenue, but compulsive use sells. If you're finding yourself in the same situation you have to know that is not your fault (for the most part), but because giants like Facebook or Instagram spend a crazy amount of money to hook you up with their products because for every second you're on these apps they make money out of you.
This book taught me so much about how can I be in control when it comes to my digital life and social media accounts. Every time I enter a social media platform I ask myself why I want or need to do this? Once I answer this question is far much easier to not fall into the trap of infinite scrolling and constant distraction because I have an established goal from the beginning.
3. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
If you want to learn how to make habits stick and how they work, then this book is for you. I tried several times to adopt new habits, but every single time I failed to do so. After finishing reading the book it was clear to me what was missing to bring new habits in my life and most important to let go bad ones.
James Clear has some really great advice in his book and I highly recommend it. My favourite is "never miss twice" and it refers to the fact that you should not make the same mistake twice. One mistake is just an outlier. Two mistakes are the beginning of a pattern. Killing this pattern before it snowballs into something bigger is one reason why learning how to get back on track quickly is an essential skill for building good habits.