There are so many aspects in our lives that need to be improved, rethought and reorganized, and so much that needs de-cluttering. Some of us want clear instructions and guidelines on how to achieve that, while others are just after some encouragement and motivation; a simple pep talk. The list of books below provides both of these. Written by professionals and experts in various fields, they offer us invaluable advice on how to better control and organize different parts of our lives. From cleaning and organization techniques, to tips on how to improve personal and business skills, these books have it all.
Eat That Frog!: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
By the name of it, this book seems like one we all need. If I had a pound for every time I complained about wanting to stop my procrastination…Because we all undoubtedly have a never-ending To Do list, between our jobs, studies, families and social lives, this book offers us insight on how to tackle this problem. It tells us to “Eat the frog”, essentially meaning to deal with our most difficult and intimidating tasks rather than postpone them. You can buy it online here.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This one’s a classic that many people will have probably heard of, if not read. It gives you insight into the basic seven habits you need to have in your life in order to truly have an impact. Stemming from the basic idea that everything is essentially a choice, it offers advice on how to become more proactive and gain more control over our lives by identifying what our Circles of Influence and Concern are, how much attention to give to each and the reasons why. It is available for online purchase here.
Live Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
Who hasn’t worried about their budget at least once? Even the most organized among us face problems when it comes to money and often find themselves losing control over it. This book is for all of us, as the author details to us her own personal experiences and failures, drawing lessons and offers advice in the process. A controlled budget doesn’t just ease our financial state; it also decreases our amount of stress and relieves relationship tensions. While it largely centers on controlling our finances and learning to “live well and spend less”, this book is also a guidebook to controlling other aspects of our life. You can buy it here.
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
Another classic, this book deals with a topic that we face every day; change is hard, but it’s also constant. It’s also intimidating when it often creeps up on us unannounced, and the author of this book has taken it upon himself to show us how best to deal with it. Written as an amusing fable, the book is, more or less, a light read – one from which we can draw countless invaluable lessons. You can find it online here.
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal
Ms. McGonigal is a psychologist and academic, and she uses the latest research to back up her claims. She writes this book to tell us about something we all struggle with at one point or another: willpower. Whether it’s having enough strength to get through our diet plans or through a particularly long day, we all want the secret to getting more of it. She explains how willpower biologically works, how it functions and how we can harness it. We can train our brains to have more of it, according to her, or we can catch it (or its lack thereof!) from our loved ones. Buy it here.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Written by a renowned Cleaning Consultant, this book is a guide to getting rid of the unnecessary items in your home – and keeping it that way. In it, Kondo relates her KonMari method to organization and decluttering that helps us say goodbye – once and for all – to things that stack up and take space. Named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015, Kondo brings her practical expertise to these pages and is probably the best person we can turn to. It is available for purchase here.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary D. Chapman
Because of the enormous need for effective love advice, this best seller tells us how to keep our relationships afloat despite the many obstacles we are bound to come across. It recognizes that we each speak a different language and have different needs, and teaches us how to understand our own languages and deal with others’. That way, the book gives us the key to better communication in our relationships and makes us more able to make them last. Find out what your love language is and buy the book here.