Reading is one of my many forms of self-care. I’m always on the lookout for a good read that I could bring along for my travels or that I could enjoy whenever I get some downtime. I’m not biased to any particular genre, but lately, I’ve been gearing more towards business development and self-improvement books. Ever since starting Summer Fridays, I’ve found so many books that could help me with being a business owner and finding that work/life balance. Don’t get me wrong, I still love books outside of that as well, but I thought I’d share some of my top picks that I’m reading right now.
The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey
I’m human and struggle with being productive too. I have a productivity cube on my desk to help me get things done in a timely manner, but this book has also helped me a lot. The author offers a fresh perspective on productivity that you’ll actually want to put to use both in and out of the workplace.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
If you’ve read Jasmine Guillory’s book The Wedding Date then you’ll want to read The Proposal. The follow-up story offers a cute and quirky update on some of the characters from the original story. If you’re not super into romance stories, don’t worry, it’s not a cheesy one! There’s trust issues,
Harvard Business Review: Emotional Intelligence Series
Two years ago I took a business course at Harvard, but I had been a fan of the Harvard Business Review books well before that. They’re quick, easy reads that are really insightful to specific areas of business. One of my favorite series is the Emotional Intelligence books and I’ve read Influence + Persuasion, Confidence, and Leadership Presence.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman
I brought this book with me on a trip and I’m so glad that I did. Now that I manage several employees, it’s important for me to know how each of them feels appreciated and valued. This book taught me that everyone has a unique language of appreciation. Whether it’s vocally acknowledging that they matter or reminding them of their uniqueness, these “languages” will improve the workplace for everyone.
Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
We’re living in an age where so many things go viral, but have you ever wondered how? Wharton marketing professor, Jonah Berger, spent the last decade studying how information catches on the way it does. It’s very interesting to learn how word-of-mouth and social media affect how we all get our information around the globe.
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