Here is a list of books I’ve read through out the years that fit my “End Scatterbrain” endeavor. I’ve left out out fiction and other non-fiction books that were not read for personal development.

Books Read

  • Getting Things Done, by David Allen – I highly recommend this book and I still practice “GTD” principles to this day. While it’s great for productivity (getting things done) and managing overload and the stress that comes with it, in the spirit of this site I’d say it’s missing getting the RIGHT (purposeful) things done.
  • Ready for Anything, by David Allen – A little redundant. Stick with GTD. I got it free, so I can’t complain. I does a good job explaining the value of a clear mind. While both of Allen’s books are great for how to clear the mind, the next step (where I am today) is making the best possible use of the time freed up.
  • The 8th Habit, by Stephen R. Covey – It’s very long and I never finished it. I got far enough to not categorize it in the abandoned pile. The valuable takeaway for me really didn’t relate to the actual habit (find your voice and inspire others), but rather to be mindful of co-dependence. So you should take and accept responsibility rather than put blame on other people or on circumstances.
  • Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey – I know a personal finance book is weird to put on this site, but I think there are some areas where having personal finance goals and plans contribute to an overall healthy mental well-being. While I don’t follow his advice to the letter, I am (wife too) very debt adverse and some of his advice has helped maintain this discipline.
  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman – there were some good takeaways.
  • Winning by Jack Welsh – Reading this book from an employees perspective (not a aspiring CEO) gave me a good grasp on what employers look for in effective employees. I highly recommend reading it in that perspective.
  • Find Your Focus Zone: An Effective New Plan to Defeat Distraction and Overload by Lucy Jo Palladino – Good if you are not already familiar with the mindfulness concept.
  • The Accidental Creative How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice – I HIGHLY recommend this book. It really struck while the iron was hot. Taking from what I said about Getting Things Done (getting the RIGHT things done), this book led me to think purposfully at a lot of activities in my life that could positivitaly or negatively affect my creativity. I think I was wasting too much time in unproductive areas.

Books Reading and To Read

  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
  • The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
  • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Books Abandoned

  • Quitter – Fitting name, eh? I like the author, but the timing wasn’t right. I might revisit in the future.
  • Unleash the Warrior Within – Too much bravado.

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