3 Books To Help You Get The Right Sh!t Done
There are plenty of books on the market that claim to help business owners. Some books offer ways to work only half a day, get rich quick, or learn a skill in twenty minutes or less, but if you are like me when I started my business, you just want to figure out how to get all your daily sh!t done. While I still haven’t found a magical formula, I am going to share three books that helped me on my business journey. These books didn’t help me do all the things, but they helped me choose the right things to do and how to keep doing them.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is one of the most clarify books I’ve ever read. Are your days full of to-dos and projects, but you never seem to make any progress on your goals? Do you find yourself spending significant time and energy doing what other people think you should do? McKeown shares, “The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage.” The author walks you through thought-provoking questions and specific criteria to help you learn what to forgo in order to pursue the most important.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport is an excellent companion to Essentialism because it provides tips for how to focus on a specific task. Once you determine the right course of action, you have to get to work because “if you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.” Newport makes a case for the immense benefits of concentrated effort and then lays out rules as to how to become someone who engages in deep work.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear provides the reader with tools to form good habits and break bad ones. If you want to stay the course, you can’t just decide what is important, make a quick fix, and be good to go. The power comes from showing up every day to do the important work. The author encourages readers that it isn’t about going from zero to hero, but that the power is in marginal gains over a long period of time. “Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.” Small changes today will make big impacts in your tomorrows.
I hope that these three books will provide you with clarity and inspire intentionality! It is so hard to make good choices and follow through when it seems that life moves faster every day. Stopping to evaluate not only what you work on, but also how you work is incredibly important. It is the difference between being at the mercy of overloaded calendar and being intentionally focused with your time.
Working through these books and applying them to your life with help you see what truly needs to get done and do that effectively, without wasting time on the things that don’t matter.