How time flies! We're almost one-third done with 2022, and soon we will be at the halfway mark. If your 2022 has not gone the way you imagined, you keep falling into the same habit loops or you just want to change things up, it might be time for a reset!
Resetting shouldn't just be reserved for the start of the year, it can be done anytime. Be it weekly, monthly or quarterly, take time to check in with yourself and how you are doing, and then plan your next steps forward. Here are some books that you could pick up for some inspiration or for helpful next steps. Here's to a happier and healthier you, and to making the most of what's left of the year.
Work is an inevitable part of life. An average adult spends approximately 23% of their life working. Hence, everyone wants to know how they can work better, or more effectively.
To do so, these books might be a good place to start. Learn the science behind motivation, mastery and grit, or explore practical tips on how to be more effective in organising your work and give spectacular presentations at work.
How do experts get to where they are? How do they perform the way they do? In this book, Anders Ericsson distils three decades of research into a learning strategy that will redefine the way you think about acquiring new abilities.
If you want to get better at what you are doing, this book is packed full of research and anecdotes as well as advice on how you can reach your fullest potential.
If you find the way your work messy, disorganised and chaotic, how about taking a page out of a chef's book? It might transform the way you work. Chefs live by the philosophy of mise-en-place, which means 'putting in place'. In high pressure and fast-paced environments, mise en place is often the differentiating factor between a messy, disorganised kitchen or one that runs like clockwork.
In Work Clean, Dan Charnas interviews culinary professionals and executives and how mise en place changed the way they worked and took the concepts of mise-en-place out of the kitchen and made them applicable to daily life. He offers a simple system to help you to focus your actions and accomplish your work cleanly through the 10 principles of mise en place.
Have to give presentations for work and want to blow your bosses or clients away? Learn how Steve Jobs delivered his electrifying keynote presentations or introduced new Apple products in this Wall Street Journal Bestseller.
Carmine Gallo distils the techniques that made Jobs a captivating communicator such as creating an inspiring brand story, making numbers meaningful and mastering stage presence. Find ready-to-use tools and strategies that you can implement in your next presentation to up your game at work.
In this day and age, with technology and tools at our fingertips, it is easy for anyone to start their own business. Written by the founders of 37Signals (now known as Basecamp), it's full of their experience and wisdom from starting a trailblazing software company.
If you're dreaming of starting your own small business in 2022, this is a playbook with golden advice that will inspire and help you on your journey.
Feeling unmotivated in work and life? Daniel Pink draws on four decades of scientific research on human motivation and unpacks what it takes to have true motivation. Humans need to direct their own lives, learn to create new things and do better by ourselves and our world in order to be satisfied.
Learn the techniques to put the above elements into mention and achieve high performance and satisfaction in all areas of your life.
When pursuing our goals, we'll face all sorts of challenges and perhaps wish that we were born more talented instead. However, the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but rather, grit. Angela Duckworth shares insights on her landmark research on grit, focused persistence, and why talent doesn't guarantee success. Instead, to succeed one needs to have focused attention, resilience, perseverance, and dedication to deliberate practice.
An insightful read for those who want to learn more about what grit is and fight through life's obstacles.
Taking care of our minds, body and surroundings is the foundation for a happy and healthy life. If you're looking for inspiration, or need some help, these books will teach you how to be more intentional about small moments, the way you use technology, the food you eat and what you bring into your home.
It's time for you to start taking good care of yourself.
We spend a significant chunk of our lives digitally, and it can get noisy and overwhelming - how do we use technology intentionally without letting it rule our lives?
Cal Newport, bestselling author of Deep Work, introduces the concept of Digital Minimalism and helps us to rethink our relationship with technology. Drawing from range of real-life examples, he shows you how you can rediscover offline pleasures, reconnect with yourself and a thoughtful method to decide what tools you want to use, for what purposes and under what conditions.
If you're tired of wasting so much time scrolling social media endlessly and want to be more intentional about how you use technology, this is the book for you.
Did a spring clean at the start of the year or during Lunar New Year, only to find your home in a mess a few weeks or months later?
Marie Kondo proposes a way of tidying that will ensure that you won't face this problem again. Taking the world by storm when it was published, Kondo's method for organisation takes tidying to a new level. Through simplying your home, her category-by-category system and only keeping what sparks joy, the philosophy of Marie Kondo might just change your home into a calm and tidy one for good.
Sometimes, our days and weeks can feel like they are blurring into one another and it can be hard to live in the moment. The Japanese phrase ichigo ichie captures the idea of how every moment in our lives happen only once, and we lose it forever if we let it slip.
This book talsk about the concept of ichigo ichie, and contains lessons on how to live more intentionally. Learn how to focus on the present moments, and anchor yourself in the present through all five of your senses and experience a new kind of mindfulness.
Being healthy starts with what we put into our bodies daily in our meals. However, there is the misconception that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates are healthy and that to maintain a healthy weight we need to exercise more and eat less. Many who have followed this advice still see themselves afflicted by diabetes or obesity.
In Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes argues that it is refined carbohydrates that causes these problems, and the key to good health depends on the kind of calories we take in and not how many calories we consume. Heavily researched, this book will revolutionise the way you think about diets and change the way you eat.
Strong and healthy relationships can make one's life so much richer and worth living. Afterall, when you're on your deathbed, you won't be thinking about spending more time working or sleeping but that you spent more time with your loved ones.
If you're looking to improve your reltionships with those around you and take them to the next level, or simply looking to make more connections, check these books out.
We are often measured by our intelligence, but emotional Intelligence (EQ) is just as important in helping us to get through life and our relationships. Emotional intelligence helps us to get along more healthily and face less conflicts in our lives - emotionally intelligent people are self aware, know how to manage themselves and their emotions as well as their relationships with other - but this isn't something that we are often taught.
In this book full of research, you will be able to take tests to see where your EQ stands, and find proven strarefies used by leaders and companies to improve your EQ. This is a valuable book for anyone who wants to learn to be more emotionally intelligent.
Some people just seem to have a knack for making friends and being instantly loved and respected by those around them.
In How to Talk to Anyone, Lowndes offers 92 effective techniques on communicating for success from making a great first impression to how to work a room. If you need a little help in your social life or want to get better at talking to strangers, the tips in this book might work for you!
Looking to deepen your relationship with your significant other? Go on eight dates with these life-changing conversation topics.
Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz from the famous Love Lab provide a step-by-step guide to help you and your partner communicate about the things that matter most - trust, conflict, sex, money, family, adventure, spirituality and dreams. Filled with tips, prompts and activities, Eight Dates will help you to discover your partner like never before.
Good nutrition, exercise and adequate sleep gives us the energy we need to be motivated and focused in life. But there's also another major source of energy we need - relationships that refuel us.
In People Fuel, author of bestselling Boundaries Dr. John Townsend shows you how experiencing "Relational Nutrients" can help you to grow emotionally and healthily. Filled with tips on how to cultivate these kinds of relationships where you receive and also give to those around you to help each other become who you were meant to be.
If you're looking to have more fulfilling and healthy relationships, this is for you.
We hope these titles have inspired you to make some changes to improve your quality of life. Remember to always pause and check-in with yourself, and it's never too late to hit 'reset'. If you want more books like this, check out our Personal Development section.
Happy reading, and happy growing!