Personal Development

Atomic Habits – by James Clear

Atomic Habits – by James Clear

Atomic Habits is a spiritual sequel to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. While the later reads like a report of life-long scientific research, this book is a reference life-manual with additional information on top of your existing knowledge (or not, you don't need to read The Power of Habit.) This book is short, reads fast and is full of directly actionable items. Atomic Habits joins my must-read list for productivity fundamentals alongside Deep Work, and So Good They Can't Ignore You.

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Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World – by Cal Newport

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World – by Cal Newport

I'm a fan of Cal's previous books Deep Work and So Good They Can't Ignore You and will always recommend those two to anyone. Digital Minimalism, however, is a much smaller, and less important, and not even about minimalism. This book covers social media and bad habits around using them. If you have a good handle on your social media habits (read: don't check it compulsively) skip this book. If you are spending more time on social media than you wish—read it. It's perfect for that. Short and easy to understand too.

I guess my only gripe with a book is its title. I'd call it "How to Break-up with Social Media" or something like that.

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The War of Art – by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art – by Steven Pressfield

Every procrastinator like me should read this book, but before you run and pick one up, be warned—it is written in a very unusual way. First two books (let's call them chapters) are motivating and full of identifying what Resistance is and how to overcome it. Those two were most valuable to me. The third chapter is almost religious, which didn't much resonate with me, but I can see Steven's point of which I do agree. Somewhere on page 20, I started to treat the book as a provocative thinking stimulus; I think this is the right way to tap into a value of the book. If you skim through the book fast, the general gist of it is "just do your work and angels will guide you," which is not very helpful.

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Deep Work – by Cal Newport

Deep Work – by Cal Newport

Thoughts, anecdotes, and facts supporting distraction-free productive concentrated deep work are really well delivered. Many resonate with most, I'd believe. Personally, I found a couple of bits that reaffirmed and formalized my theories toward productive work. Either way, I'd recommend this book to anyone—it's extremely easy and fast read too.

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