Reading List for January 2017

I’m not going to bullshit you – January was a really weird month for me. I’ve done very well at completing my daily to-do lists, and I’ve written a good amount of words, and I’ve read 5 books. And I’m behind on everything.

Overcoming inertia is really hard, I know. But I thought last year’s momentum would cover me. The problem, I think, is that my goals are so much bigger than last year’s. And there is a huge gap between how much I’ve stepped up my game this month, and where I need to be to actually achieve this year’s goals.

So, I’ll figure it out with practice, and make it happen.

Here’s this month’s reading list. I would definitely recommend the first book on the list. It’s weird, but good weird.

The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn (audio): Long before The Secret, there was The Game of Life and How to Play It. While this was very similar in theme, I felt like it was much more action-oriented in delivery. I preferred this. It’s a bit out there, but it’s also reasonably short, and in the public domain. You can find the text and audio free on the web.

The 90-Minute Book by Dean Jackson: Short, and even so – this is mostly rambly. The idea is solid, though. Don’t think of yourself as a writer – instead, think of yourself as an author. Figure out what book you need to write to start a conversation with your chosen market. Spend 30 minutes outlining the book you want to write. Then record yourself talking through it for 60 minutes, or have a friend interview you based on your outline and record that. Transcribe the audio, format it, and viola! you have a book.

The 8 Minute Organizer: Easy Solutions to Simplify Your Life in Your Spare Time by Regina Leeds (audio): The author is a straight killer, and organizing is the game she chose to dominate. The process here is simple, and if you can understand the why, you probably understand that the how is the same method you already use for most everything else. I saw the building blocks of her process, and was like, “Yep, got it,” and the details I didn’t really care about. That’s praise, not criticism. Everyone should learn to think like this.

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter (audio): I thought this was too much information, and not enough explanation. The info is great, though. My problem is that I’m not going to retain any of the stats. All I know is that I should eat less bread.

8 Weeks to Optimum Health by Andrew Weil (audio): Short, loaded with lots of ideas and things to try.