Have you set any 2022 goals yet? I’m working on mine at the moment, so I thought it was the perfect time to share some book recommendations to help you work on your goals, whether you set them in January or are only just getting around to it.
Designing Your Life: Build a Life That Works for You by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
If you have no idea where to start with planning or picking goals, this is the book for you. Based on a class the authors teach at Stanford (and now around the world), the basic premise is to apply various principles of design thinking to your life. I’m actually still partway through, because it’s a workbook that takes some time to complete, but I really recommend it.
168 Hours and Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam
I’ve said before that I think Off the Clock is Laura Vanderkam’s best book, as it focuses on how to feel like you have more time for all the things you really love and want to do – and that’s what your goals should be all about! But to get the most out of it, I recommend reading 168 Hours first, as background material, as it goes into a lot more depth on time tracking.
Real Artists Have Day Jobs (And Other Awesome Things They Don’t Teach You in School) by Sara Benincasa
This is a really great book to have around to dip in and out of. It’s essentially a collection of pep talks, in the form of short essays on various topics, ranging from the relatively frivolous to deeper reflections on mental health. You could even read one every week for a year – there are 52 essays. I’ve been working through it and enjoying it a lot.
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Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman
I’ve only just started this one, but I used to love following the tumblr and getting decluttering, tidying and cleaning inspiration from other fans. And I need some inspiration to keep me going on my slow decluttering journey (the problem with slow decluttering is that it’s slow!)
Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning by Tom Vanderbilt (I received a review copy via NetGalley)
I read this early in 2021 and really enjoyed it. It’s about the author’s quest to learn several new skills, while also researching how we learn best. He talks to various experts, teachers and coaches along the way and I got more than a few tips to apply to my own learning. If you’ve set yourself some learning challenges for this year, this is a must-read.
Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt
Okay, let’s be honest. It’s very unlikely that 2022 is going to be anyone’s Best Year Ever. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t try to make the best of it, even if we’re more focused on surviving than thriving. Despite the title being slightly offputting in current circumstances, this is a really comprehensive guide to goal setting. I especially like the process the author outlines for checking in on your goals and revising them as I don’t think it’s realistic to assume you can and will want to stick to the same goals all year.
The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self by Julia Cameron
This book changed my life when I first went through it, aged 19, and I’ve revisited it several times since. It’s an amazingly powerful book, though the very strictly atheist amongst us may find it difficult to get through as there are lots of references to God and spirituality. If you are more agnostic, like me, then it is not such a problem as the author’s ideas about God are very vague, and you can interpret them as you wish and apply them to your own belief system.
The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds
If you’re interested in exercising more effectively for less time, and understanding what science tells us about the best way to do it, this is the book for you! The author is honest about what studies actually conclude, and how conventional wisdom often appears to be incorrect. I’m reading this at the moment and it’s extremely interesting.
Do you have any recommendations for books to help us get through/do our best in 2022?