… with love
Being someone that loves to read outdoors, during the summer time I am even more excited than usual to head out to the beach with my book in tow ready to enjoy the weather.
If you’re reading this you’re obviously encompass some type of ambition, so here is the summer list for you to enjoy.
Stephen Covey’s classic is still the productivity tome all are judged against. Though some examples sound increasingly dated 25 years post-publication, the advice to take control of your life, and focus on the important, not urgent, continues to resonate. Covey’s conversational tone makes the disciplined life seem doable as well as worthwhile.
by Twyla Tharp
Choreographer Twyla Tharp can turn the raw material of a few bodies into a mesmerizing scene. It looks like magic, but none of it is. In this slim and swift-moving handbook, she teaches readers how to be structured enough about creativity to summon it on command.
by Tim Ferris
You probably aren’t going to create a passive income stream and retire to Tahiti at age 36. But, removed from the literal aspect, Tim Ferriss’s 2007 manifesto is good for making people ask what kind of adventures they’d like to try, and how to make those happen. Anyone can make more money, but no one can make more time. People with lots of time are the truly rich among us.
by Martha Beck
Martha Beck is Oprah’s favorite life coach. With her self-deprecating humor, she guides readers toward figuring out what their essential selves want in life. It doesn’t matter how productive you are if you’re heading in the wrong direction, Beck advises. This book provides plenty of practical tips for building the life you want, rather than what the mythical “everybody” has in store.
by Gretchen Rubin
Research increasingly finds that happy people are productive people. Gretchen Rubin’s 2010 memoir of her own attempts to become happier zips along while simultaneously showing readers the steps they need to take. Yes, happiness will require work. But if you want a productive life, it’s worth a shot.
by Jocelyn K. Glei
This compilation of essays from 99U looks at how to structure your life to make meaningful work possible. With varied voices, you can dip in and dip out as you contemplate how to spend less time on email and more on what matters.
by Charles Duhigg
We are often slaves to our routines. In his 2012 bestseller, Charles Duhigg examines the research on how to replace bad habits with good ones, so you can get more done–or at least stop noshing on chocolate chip cookies.
by Chip and Dan Heath
Chip and Dan Heath describe how change happens in people and organizations. If you read a lot of productivity literature, then you’ll be familiar with all the major studies referenced. The anecdotes are entertaining enough to give this one a place ocean-side.
by David Allen
David Allen’s perennial best-seller does not tell stories of successful companies, or inspirations from executives who turned companies around. While Allen lacks a narrative compared with the beach reads above, his book is practical in figuring out how to get more done on Monday morning. It’s a nice balance to a lot of the big picture books on this list–something to flip through before you head out to the waves.
Happy Reading this summer! Xx