Anyone who knows me knows that I am a voracious reader. Many of my conversations begin with, “Have you read that book…” or “I was reading about…” Reading has always been one of my great pleasures in life. Between running The Lazo Group and managing a busy household with young children, admittedly most of my reading these days gets done via Audible.
September is a great signifier for me, as we head back to school and begin thinking about the coming year. Given this headspace, this month I am focused on self-development non-fiction. This month’s reading list encompasses the following:
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
The actual title of this book may be all you need to contemplate to reap the benefits of this thesis. Depending on the scholarship you consult, you will find the seven-day week attributed to either the Babylonians or the Romans, between 500 and 45 BCE. The purpose of sharing this is that the people of the western world have been living with 168 hours for many generations. Past or future, rich or poor, young or old, we all have the same number of hours. In many ways, the block of time known as a week is the great equalizer. Vanderkam wanders the familiar time management paths of work, home, and leisure, as well as self-improvement, but where her advice is most sound is to track your time each week and then match it up with what you want to be doing. I have been tracking for going on three weeks, and have found this exercise to be extremely enlightening, and not as overwhelming as it may seem. Drop me an email if you would like additional details.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success In A Distracted World by Cal Newport
Yes, I am one of “those people” – I generally have three to four books going at the same time. This should give you some insight as to why this book appealed to me. I am at a stage of life where long periods of deep focused work are rather elusive. However, this book is opening my eyes to choosing one area of focus at a time. Reading this book is part of what sparked my decision to ask Robert Hart to join TLG in the COO role.
The other non-fiction books that I am reading this month include:
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway
The Book of Joy by HH The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Carlton Abrams
I would love to hear what you are reading this month, as well as your thoughts about my choices. Connect with me on social media or drop me an email!