Over the months we’ve featured various books and other resource to help you get better. Rather than spending time trawling the individual episodes, I thought it might be helpful to put all the great stuff in one place for you to have a look at, and then decide if you want to get them for yourself.
For each item I’ve given a brief description, and then a link to show you where you can buy it. Hope it helps!
Getting Things Done – David Allen The definitive book on implementing a productivity system focusing on actually Getting Things Done (GTD).
10% Happier – Dan Harris Having had a panic attack, live, on air, in front of millions of people, Dan went on a journey of self discovery where he learned how useful meditation is to everyone. He calls himself a ‘fidgety skeptic’ – if that sounds like you, this is worth a read.
18 Minutes – Peter Bregman This book changed the way I plan my longer term goals. The great thing about this method is that it enables you to use it with other ‘day to day’ systems (like GTD for example). Really practical. A great book.
The Easy Way – Allen Carr Arguably, stopping addiction is the definition of ‘getting better’. This was the method I used to go from 40 Marlboro Reds a day to ZERO.
Design the Life You Love – Ayse Birsel We featured this lovely book in our episode on goals. Ayse is a designer, who decided to turn her attention to designing a great life. It’s beautiful.
A History of Heavy Metal – Andrew O’Neill We met Andrew in episode 17 where he talked about being a comedian, managing ADHD, and how he makes that all work. He’s also an ACE musician, and now a published author! Full disclosure, he’s my Brother, but don’t let that influence you, because his book is great.
How To Play The Piano (In 6 Weeks) – James Rhodes This came up in Episode 8 where we spoke to voiceover artist Mel Elliott. Apparently you can learn in 6 weeks. Wouldn’t that be a great habit to have?
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey So if you listened to our first episode, you’ll know that the ‘Sharp’ in our title comes from Steven Covey’s habit of ‘sharpening the saw’. We featured the book in our series on habits, and as the original on the subject it definitely has a place in our library:
Smarter Faster Better – Charles Duhigg Another title in our ‘habits’ series. This one was the follow up to ‘The Power Of Habit’ and it gives practical solutions to changing things in your life that you’d like to be different. Good stuff.
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg This was the original title from Duhigg, and the definitive explanation of why we do what we do.
Your Life Can Be Better – Douglas Puryear This featured in our episode with Mike Broderick. It’s primarily aimed at helping with ADHD, but Mike thinks we can all get something from it to help focus.
Rethinking Positive Thinking – Gabriele Oettingen We covered this book in episode 25 where we challenged ‘positive thinking’ and considered if there we better ways to actually get stuff done
The Checklist Manifesto – Dr Atul Gawande We shared this in episode 26 on checklists. An interesting read as it depicts the challenges Dr Gawande had in implementing a checklist model within medicine, why surgeons resisted, and how it can help you.
OTHER GROOVY RESOURCE:
The Self Journal We featured this journal in our episode on setting goals. Currently this link is only available for the US. I’ll put a UK one in when it becomes available again.
My Pro Planner Another journal for tracking your goals. This one is only currently available in the UK:
Action Day Planners More of a diary than a goal tracker – but if you want to mix it all up in one planner, this is a good one to do it in.
Field Notes notebooks My absolute favourite pocket note book.
The Fisher Space Pen Combine this pocket beauty with your notebook and you are ready to capture that idea wherever it strikes! (Even underwater, if your paper is up to it!)
We’ll add in more items as we feature them, and if any of the links stop working please let us know and we’ll be sure to update them.