What does it mean to have good character? And why does character matter? Lorne Rubis developed a theory of the “Character Triangle”, a trio of characteristics that not only strengthen your own character but allow you to influence others and make an impact.
Do you want to get more done? Do you want to get more of of the right things done? Of course! In Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Steps to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy provides 21 tips to do exactly that.
I meant to post a review of Eat That Frog! this week but I haven’t finished rereading it yet. Next week!
In the meantime, and also in lieu of my long-delayed “the problem with self-help-book culture” (I’ve had a partially written post stuck in my drafts for the better part of a year; I think I’ll need to break it into a series because it just keeps growing), I’d like to recommend What’s Wrong With “Productivity”. It makes very good arguments and the last point – “productivity” is not an unrestrained good – particularly resonates with me.
A common principle cited in self-help books is the Pareto principle: the idea that 80 percent of results comes from just 20 percent of causes. Living the 80/20 Way by Richard Koch sets out as its premise that we can use this understanding to improve every aspect of our lives.
Isn’t procrastination the root of all
evil lack of success? Maybe it’s not that simple. In Procrastinate on Purpose, Rory Vaden argues that there’s a key difference between putting off what we know we should do and intentionally choosing to delay unimportant activities.
What should you really be doing? To Greg Mckeown’s mind, this is an increasingly urgent question that each of us should answer…and abide by. He lays out his idea in the book Essentialism.
Happy 2016! I’m going to get back in the swing of posting book reviews (that’s what this blog is really for, after all) – expect a new review every two weeks or so.
My choice for the first book to review in the new year might seem incongruous. After all, I just posted a whole series on goal-setting and our collective energy around New Year’s Resolutions is still high. But think again! Today’s book, Mastering the Art of Quitting (now republished as Quitting), is all about pursuing the goals that really matter to you by consciously disengaging from outdated aspirations.
Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m so glad that you’ve come along with this journal of goal-setting with me. I hope these exercises have helped you determine meaningful and exciting goals for the new year ahead.
The final prompt for our 31 Days of Goal-Setting will either be wildly exciting (if you’re a nerd like me) or tedious but necessary: Write it down, schedule it out, and build in regular reminders and review points.
December is almost over; 2016 is so close we can taste it. Excited? I hope so! Let’s use that excitement to think just a little bit more about what we want out of the new year. Today’s exercise from 31 Days of Goal-Setting is another one that comes from The Fire Starter Sessions: How do you want to feel in 2016? Choose a word or phrase.
Day 29 of our 31 Days of Goal-Setting challenge! Yesterday, you brainstormed the specific activities you might take to accomplish your first-quarter milestones. Today’s prompt is, Finalize a realistic daily/weekly plan and milestones that will get you to where you want to be.