2020 Reading Challenge (February)
I’m close to reaching my reading challenge for 2020. It’s the first time in my life that I read so many books in such a short amount of time. Here I share a brief review of them.
- “The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era” by Amy Blankson. Over the years, we are getting more and more addicted to our digital devices; and that increases the number of interruptions, stress, and unproductivity. If you want to know how to balance your digital life and gadgets, I highly recommend you read this book.
- “Project Myopia: Why projects damage software #NoProjects” by Allan Kelly. Many organizations are building software using a project-based strategy, and they are having big problems. Instead of that, we can use a product-based approach. Allan gives tons of reasons why organizations should do that. If you are in charge of defining the strategy for digital transformation or agile adoption, this is a must reading.
- “The Art of Happiness at Work” by Dalai Lama XIV & Howard C. Cutler. In the previous book, they cover happiness in a broader sense, but this time they focus on work. Why? Because we spent a lot of time working and thinking about it, so it’s worth finding ways to improve our happiness at work. If that sounds interesting to you, this book is for you.
- “Building Successful Communities of Practice: Discover How Connecting People Makes Better Organizations” by Emily Webber. I enjoyed reading this book! You will find a lot of ideas and strategies to create a community of practice at work.
- “Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives” by Dan Millman. A friend recommended me this book a long time ago. It started quite well and got my attention, but later it turned so mystical that I lost interest.
- “Mindfulness in Plain English” by Henepola Gunaratana. An excellent book about mindfulness with a lot of recommendations, tools, and more. This book is for anyone who wants to take his mindfulness practice to another level.
- “Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance” by Jonathan Fields. We used to be afraid of uncertainty because we are wired to avoid it. But we need to handle it to adapt and innovate constantly. This book will give a lot of ideas to accept uncertainty and use it in your favor.
- “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. Steve did a lot of great things, and a lot of people argue that he was a jerk. This book tells his story without hiding anything, and you will see the real person, the genuine Steve Jobs. A human with bad and good things but with a remarkable story that will inspire you!
- “Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & flow” by Dominica Degrandis. Do you feel overwhelmed at work? Do you have a lot of things to do? Is everything a priority? Do you want to do something?… If you say yes to those questions, this book is for you!
- “Personal Kanban: Mapping Work, Navigating Life” by Jim Benson. Kanban is a great way to visualize, prioritize, and create a flow. Most of the time, you heard about it in agile teams, but you can also use it for your personal life. Sounds interesting? Take a look at this book.
I don’t expect to read ten books in March, because I will review and organize all my notes for all the twenty books that I’ve read until now. Stay tuned! The next article about books will be published on April 1st.