12 BOOKS for productivity and self improvement πŸ“š

Hello, wonderful humans, Welcome back to The Bliss Bean. I don't think this will surprise anyone, but I was the type of kid who brought home stacks and stacks of books from the library every week.. My parents were always telling me to stop reading because they said I would ruin my eyesight and I did ruin my eyesight, but I think I turned out better because of all that reading.

. I did kind of lose my passion for reading a little bit in high school because it was like with all this assigned reading. Why would I want to do even more reading? On top of that, But good news - I would say 2020 so far - has been one of my best years for reading in a while.

On my Instagram Stories and I've been posting little mini reviews and summaries of all the non-fiction books that I've read so far this year, but I also got a lot of requests to just make like a dedicated book recommendations video.

So here it is. These are some of my favorite non-fiction books that I've, read that fall into the category of like self-improvement and lifestyle, which is mainly what I read these days. I'm sure there are books.

I forgot to add to this list. It's, just the ones that I've read most recently stand out the most in my memory., I've, also been rereading books, so I read somewhere that every time you read a book, the message that you need Most at that point in your life is what will stand out to you most, so that means you don & # 39.

T have to worry about absorbing everything, the first time that you read it, because not everything will be relevant to your life. Situation. Just focus on whichever pieces of advice resonate with you, the most.

, So without further ado, these are 12 books that I've loved that have had some impact on my life.. I've tried to organize these into categories like mindset and business, but it's really hard because they cross over so much, but we're gonna start with the category of productivity.

. First up we have the classic 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.. I feel like this book is like the poster child of the productivity genre. They actually mentioned it in an episode of The Office. & quot, I emailed you about it.

. I'm, not checking email until lunch. 4-Hour, Workweek. & quot. I love that scene. It was so unexpected. It was like different parts of my life were suddenly colliding, it was amazing.. So what Darryl is talking about in that scene is the technique of limiting checking your emails to certain times of the day, instead of checking them as soon as you get them and allowing them to distract you throughout the entire day.

. And I think that one technique is pretty representative of what the entire book is about. Some of it is very specific. On & quot, how do you start a business that requires very little of your time & quot? Some of it is & quot.

How do you negotiate your current job so that you can work remotely and spend as little time as possible working & quot, But overall, a lot of it is just solid productivity advice that applies to everyone.

. So, like one of my favorite takeaways from the book was Tim Ferriss's. 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule states that 80 % of results come from 20 % of causes, so 20 % of your activities yield 80 % of your results.

, And this can apply to so many areas of life, because very rarely are all of our efforts. In one area, equally, as lucrative so for example, which 20 % of your work is earning you, 80 % of your income, Which 20 % of your studying, is getting you 80 % of your knowledge.

You can even apply to relationships like spending time with which 20 % of people yields you, 80 % percent of your value. So, even if you have no intention of quitting your job starting a business and moving to another country, I think we can all benefit from taking this kind of perspective of our lives and just striving to be more effective in everything that we do.

You know The next book is The Power of a Positive No by William Ury.. This book is fantastic for all of y & # 39. All have trouble saying. No, I see you over-committing yourselves and stretching yourselves too thin.

. I definitely struggle a lot with that, so that's, why I picked up this book. The thing about saying: no, is that not only can it be scary, but if you do it wrong, it can end. Badly. People can get angry resentful.

Feelings can go unshared., So this book really breaks down the process of saying no in a positive way. Instead of saying & quot no & quot. This is the process that he proposes.. First, you have to say yes to your core values and your beliefs.

What is most important to you? What do you have to make time for? What is it that you just won't budge on Then you firmly say no to whatever is being asked of you using your initial & quot, yes & quot as your reasoning and your reinforcement.

And then finally, you suggest an alternative that would be Beneficial to both parties, so basically this process is Yes. No.. Yes, He gives a lot of helpful examples in this book that range from everyday situations to like this guy is a world leading negotiator, so he has been an adviser to governments, a mediator in ethnic wars, and so you can really see how these basic principles that He talks about really apply all across the board in all range of situations.

. The next book is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.. I actually read the seven Habits of Highly Effective teens a couple of years ago, but the habits are all the same. It's, just the explanations that are a little different.

, So whether you want to be an effective teen or an adult or a person of any age. I definitely really recommend this book.. Each of the habits really builds onto one another, so you go from habit. One & quot be proactive & quot, which is about knowing that you have the power to choose and that you are responsible for the choices that you make in your life.

All the way up to habit 7, which is & quot, sharpening the saw & quot. So after you've built the rest of these habits. How do you take care of yourself and energize yourself to make sure that you don & # 39? T burn out One of the things that stuck with me most from this book was part of habit 3, which is & quot, put first things first & quot, where it gave an analogy of designing your schedule being similar to filling a jar with rocks and gravel.

. So the idea here is, if someone gave you a jar, a bunch of big rocks, a bunch of gravel and then some sand and they said fit all of that into the jar. If you started with the sand and then the gravel and then you tried to fit the big rocks on top, you would run out of room.

. But if you put the big rocks in first and then the gravel and then the sand, the gravel and the sand will kind of fit in the spaces between the big rocks and you'll be able to fit everything into the jar.

. So how does this relate to productivity In your life? Your priorities are your big rocks so, like your important relationships, work projects, time that you spend working on yourself.. If you don & # 39, t put that in your schedule, first, your day will get filled up by emails and chores and other little time wasting activities, and you'll run out of room.

. So what you have to do is start by scheduling chunks of productive, uninterrupted time and then fill in the rest of the little tasks around those. 5-4-3-2-1. The next book is the The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins.

. The 5-Second rule states that if you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within five seconds or your brain will kill it.. So I talked about this in my motivation versus self-discipline.

Video. The thing about exercising self-discipline is that the longer you wait, the harder it'll get., The more time you spend negotiating with yourself trying to get out of doing the thing. The more you'll, be like okay yeah.

Maybe it's not worth doing the difficult thing.. So the book explains how we have to follow our gut instinct, because our gut often guides us in the right direction. Like when we think hmm the weather is nice.

Maybe I should go for a walk today and get some exercise or if you're at a conference and you think hm, maybe I should introduce myself to that person standing over there.. If you allow yourself to negotiate and make excuses, then you might end up just being like & quot Eh.

I'll, just stay home and watch TV today it's, not worth going outside & quot or & quot Eh. I'm just too nervous to go talk to them & quot, so you just have to count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and start physically moving like moving towards the closet to get a jacket to go outside or moving towards the person that you Want to introduce yourself to.

. The next category is for books about mindset, so I feel, like the productivity category, was more about specific techniques to help you be more effective.. This category is about changing your perspective of the world and gaining confidence.

. So the first book I put in this category was: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero.. I had heard a lot about this book before I finally read it and I was like not prepared for how inspirational and motivational it would be.

.Her writing voice is just really entertaining and engaging, and for some people it might be too much, but I liked it.. There is a part of this book where she refers to depression, basically as something that you can choose to not have.

She says & quot. If you're depressed just act like someone who isn't depressed & quot, which is a problematic thing to say - and there were a lot of justifiably angry reviews of the book because of that.

But I really think the rest of the book has a lot of value in building your confidence and changing your beliefs about what you're capable of and what you deserve. So I wouldn't discount the book because of that section.

. The next book is, The Universe, Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein and when I was outlining this video and trying to describe each book in just one sentence for this book. I wrote & quot. Every challenge is an assignment and you always have the power to choose.

Love over fear & quot, So there's, a lot of chapters in this book that kind of cover different steps or aspects of learning to trust in the universe. But I would say that's. The overarching message is just to choose.

Love. Ever since reading this book, I find myself repeating its messages to myself. Throughout the day like it has changed my everyday outlook on life, so much. Every time I start to get frustrated or annoyed about something.

I tell myself to choose love to choose, to look at the good side of things and taink the universe for everything that I have.. So as I'm working when I take a break, I'll, just bel like & quot. Thank you Universe for allowing me to create this and to share this with the world and help people & quot or, if I'm with friends and family, I'll.

Think & quot. Thank you Universe for giving me the time to spend with loved ones & quot. I think this sort of book makes spirituality really accessible, because personally, I'm, not religious, but I really resonated, with this perspective of there being like a universal power in the world.

. The last book in this category is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. She is also the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which is another of my favorites, but it just didn't really fit into the theme of this video.

. So this book is all about the creative journey and how to stop holding yourself back. If you want to pursue something creative., I think my favorite part of this book was where it talked about the & quot shit sandwich & quot, So the shit sandwich is the parts of a career that you don't like because there will never Be a perfect job.

There will always be some parts of it that you don't enjoy, and so you just have to decide what you're willing to put up with basically. Aileen from the YouTube channel. Lavendaire brought this up in a recent newsletter where she said that being a YouTuber, her shit sandwich was making weekly YouTube videos for two years, with no income coming from it and no idea of how she would create any sort of income from it.

. If you are passionate enough about a career, the shit sandwich will be worth it to you, so you just have to decide and figure out which career means that much to you. Alrighty, the next category is business.

. The first book that I picked for this was You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. So, yes, this should sound familiar.. This book is very similar in tone to You Are a Badass, but it focuses specifically on making money.

It's. Less about the practical steps of setting up a business and more about the mindset that you need in order to invite abundance into your life and gain the confidence to know that you can earn money.

. When you read a book like this, I think it's really important to actually do all of the exercises that it tells you to do so. There's, a bunch of like questions to think about and prompts to answer. At the end of each chapter and the first time that I read this book, I skipped over all of that because I just wanted to read the book quickly.

But I'm reading. It now for the second time and actually answering everything which is taking quite a while, but you get so much more out of the book. If you actually take the time to apply it to your own life and really think about all the concepts that you're learning about.

, The next book is, She Means Business by Carrie Green.. So the first part of this book covers the mindset that you need, in order to start a business Clearing away your doubts, clarifying your vision, getting excited about your dream and then parts two and three really get down into the nitty-gritty of business.

. It goes over how to write a mission statement, define your audience, create content, promote yourself, find mentors, build team of people .... It's, so so good and it feels so relatable because it's written in a really friendly and encouraging way.

. It just makes you feel like you can do anything.. So if you want to start a business, especially an online one, I feel like the advice is particularly applicable to online businesses. This is the book for you.

. Next up is Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.. I actually did not even have this on my to-read list. The only reason I picked it up was because it was immediately available at the library, but I'm so glad I did because I love this book.

As a woman who's like starting her career. I guess this brought up. So many points that I had not even considered about confidence and leadership and the kinds of obstacles that women face in the workplace.

. I'm, not anywhere near starting a family, but I did take some notes on key points like the fact that parents, children and marriages can all flourish when both parents have full careers. Sharing financial and childcare responsibilities leads to less guilty moms more involved.

Dads and thriving children.. I was super impressed by how much research she had backing up her points, but it was also paired with a lot of personal stories that I found really fascinating, because I mean she's, the COO of Facebook.

She's, so successful and so to read about how she got. There is just really really cool.. Okay, final category is kind of a catch-all category, but I just named it the life category because it's like life advice I guess.

. So the first book here is The Defining Decade by Meg Jay. In case you're wondering the defining decade she's. Referring to here is between ages, 20 and 30.. I picked up this book because a couple of people had recommended it and also because I was a little nervous about the fact that I'm turning 20 at the end of this year.

. So the book is divided into three sections: work, love and brain and body.. I think my biggest takeaway from the work section was the importance of weak ties and how it is your weak ties, rather than your close friends that will open up the most doors.

For you and help you to grow the most., The section on love really busted a lot of myths for me regarding marrying young and the corresponding divorce rates, and also how moving in with someone isn't necessarily a good test for marriage.

So that was really interesting. I thought. And then the brain and body section talked about how it's, totally normal to lack confidence in our careers at this point in our lives, because we just simply don't have a lot of experience.

. It also talked about not waiting too long to have kids, and that was something I really hadn't thought about, and it was just very eye-opening and honestly scary.Overall this book just really drills it into you that your 20s are, when you make your Most important life-changing decisions, but rather than scaring me that message actually comforted me because it was really exciting to think that I'm really just at the beginning of my life and there's still so much room for possibility.

. So I would definitely recommend this book if you're in your 20s, but even earlier than that, I would say like 17 through your 20s.. Alright, the last book is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

. This is a classic.. It was so exciting to see this book start to get popular because I feel like it was floating around the self-improvement sphere for a while before it really blew up and now the fact that everyone knows her name is just it's really cool To see.

, I love the whole tone of this book because you can really tell how passionate she is about what she does and how she spent her entire life honing and perfecting these tidying techniques.. I think she does a fantastic job of putting into words what we already intuitively know about the way that our living spaces affect how we feel.

. I read this after decluttering my room and it did not make me declutter my room again, but it definitely motivated me to keep it decluttered and kind of clarified my & quot, why & quot behind keeping my room, neat and tidy.

, So those are all of my Favorite recommendations: I do also read fiction books once in a while, but I don't know what I would recommend out of those I just like escaping into another world. For a little while - and I feel like, I'm - not good at reviewing fiction books, but I did want to mention a few books that I still have on my to-read list, though.

So I keep my list of books to read in my Notes. App., I actually love using the Notes, app and use it for so many things, because it's so simple and it also syncs with my computer, which is really nice.

. So I really want to read Atomic Habits. I feel like every single YouTube video. I watch someone mentions Atomic Habits. The Power of Now How to Win Friends and Influence People. What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School, and I've, also been hearing a lot about Cal Newport's books.

So I really want to check out the one on Digital Minimalism. And then there's, a bunch more in here that I still need to get to. Making. This video actually made me so excited about reading again, like as I was, writing the outline.

I just wanted to drop the work that I was doing and go read., So I hope this inspired you to read as well. It's, a good habit to develop it's, also just a good way to relax and disconnect from the internet.

. So I hope you enjoyed the video if you liked it, please give it a like and subscribe to my channel, and I will see you next week. Bye & lt, 3 [, Music, ], hello, wonderful humans. Welcome back to the place feed I don't think this will surprise anyone, but I was the type of kid who brought home stacks and stacks of books from the library every week.

My parents are always telling me to stop reading because they said I would ruin my eyesight and I did ruin my eyesight, but I think I turned out better because of all that reading I did kind of lose my passion for reading a little bit in high School because it was like with all this assigned reading, why would I want to do even more reading? On top of that, but good news - I would say 2020 so far - has been one of my best years for reading in a while on my Instagram stories and I've been posting little mini reviews and summaries of all the non-fiction books that I've read so far this year, but I also got a lot of requests to just make like a dedicated book recommendations video.

So here it is. These are some of my favorite non-fiction books that I've read that fall into the category of like self-improvement and lifestyle, which is mainly what I read these days. I'm sure there are books.

I forgot to add to this list. It's, just the ones that I've read most recently stand out the most in my memory. I've, also been rereading books, so I've, read somewhere that every time you read a book, the message that you need most at that point in your life is what will stand out to you most.

So that means you don't have to worry about absorbing everything, the first time that you read it, because not everything will be relevant to your life situation, just focus on whichever pieces of advice at resonate with you, the most so without further ado.

These are 12 books that I've loved that have had some impact on my life. I've tried to organize these into categories like mindset and business, but it's really hard because they cross over so much. But we're gonna start with the category of productivity.

First up, we have the classic 4-hour workweek by Tim Ferriss. I feel like this book is like the poster child of the productivity genre. They actually mentioned it in an episode of The Office. I emailed you about it.

I'm, not checking that so much for our workweek. I love that scene. It was so unexpected. It was like different parts of my life. We're, suddenly colliding. It was amazing. So what Daryl is talking about in that scene is the tech of limiting checking your emails to certain times of the day, instead of checking them as soon as you get them and allowing them to distract you throughout the entire day.

And I think that one technique is pretty representative of what the entire book is about. Some of it is very specific on how do you start a business that requires very little of your time. Some of it is how do you negotiate your current job so that you can work remotely and spend as little time as possible working, but overall, a lot of it is just a solid productivity advice that applies to everyone.

So, like one of my favorite takeaways from the book was Tim, Ferriss is 8020 rule. The 80/20 rule states that 80 % of results come from 20 % of causes, so 20 % of your activities yield 80 % of your results, and this can apply to so many areas of life, because very rarely are all of our efforts in one area.

Equally, as lucrative so, for example, which 20 % of your work is earning you, 80 % of your income, which 20 % of your studying, is getting you 80 % of your knowledge. You can even apply to relationships like spending time with which 20 % of people you'll, do any percent of your value.

So, even if you have no intention of quitting your job at starting a business and moving to another country, I think we can all benefit from taking this kind of perspective of our lives and just striving to be more effective in everything that we do.

You know the next book is the power of a positive note by William ury. This book is fantastic for all of y & # 39. All have trouble saying. No, I see you over committing yourselves and stretching yourselves too thin.

I definitely struggle a lot with that. So that's, why I picked up this book the thing about saying: no! Is that not only can it be scary, but if you do it wrong, it can end badly. If you're, looking at angry or resentful feelings can bill.

Unshared, because this book really breaks down the process of saying no in a positive way, instead of saying note, this is the process that he proposes. First, you have to say yes to your core values and your beliefs.

What is most important to you? What do you have to make time for? What is it that you just won't budge on then you firmly say no to whatever is being asked of you using your initial guess. As you are reasoning in your reinforcement and then violate, you suggest an alternative that would be beneficial to both parties.

So basically, this process is yes, no, yes, he gives a lot of helpful examples in this book. That range from everyday situations to like this guy is a world leading negotiator. So he has been an adviser to governments, a mediator and ethnic Wars, and so you can really see how these basic principles that he talks about really apply all across the board.

In all range of situations, the next book is the seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I actually read the seven Habits of Highly Effective teens a couple of years ago, but the habits are all the same.

It's, just the explanations that are a little different, so whether you want to be an effective teen or an adult or a person of any age. I definitely really recommend this book. Each of the habits really builds onto one another, so you go from habit, one to be proactive, which is about knowing that you have the power to choose and that you are responsible for the choices that you make in your life all the way up to habit.

7, which is sharpening the saw so after you've, built the rest of these habits. How do you take care of yourself and energize yourself to make sure that you, don't burn out one of the things that stuck with me? Most from this book was part of habit 3, which is put first things first, where it gave an analogy of designing your schedule being similar to filling a jar with the rocks and gravel.

So the idea here is, if someone gave you a jar, a bunch of big rocks, a bunch of gravel and then some sand and they said fit all of that into the jar. If you started with the sand and then the gravel and then you tried to fit the big rocks on top, you would run out of room.

But if you put the big rocks in first and then the gravel and then the sand, the gravel of the sand will kind of fit in the spaces between the big rocks and you'll, be able to fit everything into the jar.

So how does this relate to productivity, your life, your priorities? Are your big rocks? Select your important relationships, work, projects, time that you spend working on yourself. If you don & # 39, t put that in your schedule, first, your day will get filled up by emails and chores and other little time wasting activities, and you'll run out of room.

So what you have to do is start by scheduling chunks of productive, uninterrupted time and then fill in the rest of the little tasks around those five. Four three, two one. The next book is the five-second rule by Mel Robbins.

The five-second rule states that if you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within five seconds or your brain will kill it. So I talked about this in my motivation versus self-discipline.

Video the thing about exercising self-discipline is that the longer you wait, the harder it'll get the more time you spend negotiating with yourself trying to get out of doing the thing. The more you'll, be like okay yeah.

Maybe it's not worth doing the difficult thing. So the book explains how we have to follow our gut instinct, because our gut often guides us in the right direction like when we think hmm the weather is nice.

Maybe I should go for a walk today and get some exercise or if you're at a conference and you think whoo, maybe I should introduce myself to that person standing over there. If you allow yourself to negotiate and make excuses that you might end up just being like have to stay home and watch TV today, it's not worth going outside, or I'm just too nervous to go talk to them.

So you just have to count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and start physically moving like moving towards the closet to get a jacket to go outside or moving towards. The person that you want to introduce yourself to the next category is for books about mindset.

So I feel like the per activity category was more about specific techniques. To help you be more effective. This category is about changing your perspective of the world and gaining confidence. So the first book I put in this category was: you: are a badass by Jen's and Sarah.

I have heard a lot about this book before I finally read it and I was like not prepared for how inspirational and motivational it would be. Her writing voice is just really entertaining and again and for some people it might be too much, but I liked it.

There is a part of this book where she refers to depression, basically as something that you can choose to not have. She says if you're depressed, just act like someone who isn't depressed, which is a problematic thing to say, and there were a lot of justifiably angry reviews of the book because of that.

But I really think the rest of the book has a lot of value in building your confidence and changing your beliefs about what you're capable of and what you deserve. So I wouldn't discount the book because of that section the next book is the universe.

Has your back by Gabriel Bernstein and when I was outlining this video and trying to describe each book in just one sentence for this book. I wrote every challenge is an assignment and you always have the power to choose love over fear.

So there's, a lot of chapters in this book that kind of covered different steps or aspects of learning to trust in the universe. But I would say that's, the overarching message is just to choose love ever since reading this book.

I find myself repeating its messages to myself throughout the day like it is changed by every day outlook on life so much every time. I start to get frustrated or annoyed about something I tell myself to choose love to choose, to look at the good side of things and think the universe for everything that I have so as I'm working.

When I take a break, I'll just feel like Thank You universe for allowing me to create this and to share this with the world and help people or if I'm with friends and family, I'll. Think Thank You universe for giving me the time to spend with loved ones, and then this sort of book makes spirituality really accessible.

Because, personally, I'm, not religious, but I really resonated with this perspective of there being like a universal power in the world. The last book in this category is big magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

She is also the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which is another of my favorites, but it just didn't really fit into the theme of this video. So this book is all about the creative journey and how to stop holding yourself back.

If you want to pursue something creative, I think my favorite part of this book was wearing talk about the sandwich, so the sandwich is the parts of a career that you don't like because there will never be a perfect job.

There will always be some parts of it that you don't enjoy, and so you just have to decide what you're willing to put up with it's. Basically, I lead from the YouTube channel. Lavender brought this up in a recent newsletter where she said that being a youtuber, her sandwich was making weekly YouTube videos for two years, with no income coming from it and no idea of how she would create any sort of income from it.

If you are passionate enough about a career, the sandwich will be worth it to you, so you just have to to decide and figure out which career means that much to you alrighty. The next category is business.

The first book that I think for this was you are a badass at making money by Jensen cero. So, yes, this should sound familiar. This book is very similar in tone. You are a badass, but it focuses specifically on making money.

It's. Less about the practical steps of setting up a business and more about the mindset that you need in order to invite abundance into your life and gain the confidence to know that you can earn money.

What do you read a book like this? I think it's really important to actually do all of the exercises that it tells you to do so. There's, a bunch of like questions to think about and prompts to answer at the end of each chapter and the first time that I've read this book.

I skipped over all of that because I just wanted to read the book quickly, but I'm reading it now for the second time and actually answering everything which is taking quite a while, but you get so much more out of the book.

If you actually take the time to apply it to your own life and really think about all the concepts that you're learning about the next book, is she means business by Carey Greene? So the first part of this book covers the mindset that you need in order to start a business Clary where your doubts clarifying your vision, getting excited about your dream and then parts two and three really get down into the nitty-gritty of business.

It goes over how to write a mission statement, define your audience, create content, promote yourself, find mentors bill, a team of people. It's, so so good and it feels so relatable because it's written in a really friendly and encouraging way.

It just makes you feel like you can do anything. So if you want to start a business, especially an online one, I feel like the device is particularly applicable to online businesses. This is the book for you.

Next up is lean in by Sheryl Sandberg. I actually did not even have this on my to read list. The only reason I picked it up was because it was immediately available at the library, but I'm so glad I did because I love this book as a woman who's like starting her career, I guess this brought up.

So many points that I had not even considered about confidence and leadership and the kinds of obstacles that women face in the workplace. I'm, not anywhere near starting a family, but I did take some notes on key points like the fact that parents, children and marriages can all flourish when both parents have full careers.

Sharing financial and childcare responsibilities leads to less guilty moms more involved. Dads and thriving children. I was super impressed by how much research she had backing up her points, but it was also apparent with a lot of personal stories that I found really fascinating, because I mean she's.

The CEO of Facebook, she's, so successful, and so to read about how she got. There is just really really cool. Okay. Final category is kind of a catch-all category, but I just named it the life category because it's like life advice, I guess so.

The first book here is the defining decade by Maggie Jay. In case you're wondering the defining decade she's. Referring to here is between ages, 20 and 30. I picked up this book because a couple of people had recommended it and also because I was a little nervous about the fact that I'm turning 20 at the end of this year.

So the book is divided into three sections: work, love and brain and body. I think my biggest takeaway from the work section was the importance of weak ties and how it is your weak ties, rather than your close friends that will open up the most doors.

For you and help you to grow the most the section on love, it really busted a lot of myths for me regarding marrying young and the corresponding divorce rates, and also how moving in with someone is it necessarily a good test for marriage, so that was really Interesting, I thought, and then the brain and body section talked about how it's totally normal to lack confidence in our careers at this point in our lives, because we just simply don't, have a lot of experience.

It also talked about not waiting too long to have kids, and that was something I really hadn't thought about. It was just a very eye-opening and honestly scary, overall this book just really drills it into you that your 20s are.

When you make your most important, life-changing decisions the rather than scaring me that message actually comforted me, because it was really exciting to think that I'm really just at the beginning of my life and there's still so much room For possibility, so I would definitely recommend this book if you're in your 20s, but even earlier than that, I would say like 17, 3 or 20s all right.

The last book is the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo. This is a classic. It was so exciting to see this book start to get popular because I feel like it was floating around the self-improvement sphere for a while before it really blew up and now the fact that everyone knows her name is just it's really cool To see, I love the whole tone of this book, because you can really tell how passionate she is about what she does and how she spent her entire life honing and perfecting these tidying techniques.

I think she does a fantastic job of putting into words what we already intuitively know about the way that our living spaces affect how we feel I read this after decluttering my room, and it did not make me declutter my room again, but it definitely motivated me To keep it day, cluttered and kind of clarified my why behind keeping my room neat and tidy, so those are all of my favorite recommendations.

I do also read fiction books once in a while, but I don't know what I would recommend out of those I just like escaping into another world for a little while, and I feel like good at reviewing fiction books.

But I did want to mention a few books that I still have on my to read list, though so I keep my list of books to read in my notes app. I actually love using the Notes, app and use it for so many things, because it's so simple and it also syncs with my computer, which is really nice.

So I really want to read atomic habits. I feel like every single youtube video. I watched someone mentions atomic habits, the power of now how to win friends and influence people. What they don't teach you at Harvard Business School, and I've, also been hearing a lot about Cal Newports books.

So I really want to check out the one on digital minimalism and then there's, a bunch more in here that I still need to get to making this video actually made me so excited about. Reading again, like as I was, writing the outline.

I just wanted to drop the work that I was doing and go read, so I hope this inspired you to read as well. It's, a good habit to develop it's, also just a good way to relax and disconnect from the internet.

So I hope you enjoyed the video if you liked it, please give it a like and subscribe to my channel, and I will see you next week: bye, [, Music, ]


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