During my life, I’ve attempted to learn to surf a number of times. When I was in my teens, I purchased a board, tried surfing, it was tough, I gave up and sold the board. Then, a few years ago, we purchased surfboards for Christmas, used them a few times but we never really “cracked it”.
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant is an interesting perspective on the three different types of people in life; givers, takers and matchers. By identifying and assessing the different characteristics of each, Grant provides an interesting insight onto who is actually more successful in life based on their approach. With real-life examples Grant offers plenty of useful advice on how to navigate situations and get the most out of them while also contributing to others.
In this post, I want to follow up with a list of my favourite reading tools and describe the processes I use to manage articles and books.
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life is written by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus – The Minimalists. Their book questions what it means to be happy and explores how to live a meaningful life. By identifying and explaining five core values Joshua and Ryan offer useful advice on how you can take steps towards living a life full of happiness, passion and freedom. Their book makes you take a step back and take inventory of your life, it can open your eyes to things you are doing, and things you own that may be getting in the way of your own happiness and freedom.
I currently use Hazel to automate the management of my receipts (check out this post for tips on how to get started with Hazel and document automation). I pay for a number of services like MailChimp, Pipedrive and Buffer to run my business and once a month I receive a receipt from each of these services. Currently, I have some Hazel rules set up for my Downloads folder so if I save one of my receipt emails as a PDF or save an attached PDF to the downloads folder, Hazel renames the file and moves it into my Accounting folder in Dropbox.
Superhuman by Habit by Tynan is quite literally, a guide to becoming the best version of yourself, one tiny habit at a time. Tyne takes you through the process of building habits, choosing which habits to work on, maintaining, regulating, assessing these habits and staying accountable throughout the journey. Tynan has a useful section where he breaks down popular habits. He analyses the pros and cons; the feelings you will more than likely feel if you are going through the process of building these specific habits. If you are interested in building habits and looking for support and guidance, I recommend you download the book!
Since coming away to Bali I’ve been working fewer hours than my “normal” day to day life. Partly because I’m no longer working a full-time job (I’m now focusing on this business) and also because we don’t want our trip to be all about work. We need to have fun and relax as well.