Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Borzoi/Knopf, 2016.
A brilliant and fun book that shows how to forge your own career path based on what’s fulfilling to you. Highly recommended. (Also see their other book, with similar name, below.)
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
By Oliver Burkeman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021.
An antidote to all those theories about how you could do everything if you just used a different system. “Introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing finitude.” Very well written and readable.
Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive
By Kristin Neff, Ph.D. Harper Wave, 2021.
How women can “balance tender self-acceptance with fierce action to claim their power and change the world.” In other words, the opposite of what your inner critic tells you.
Designing Your New Work Life.
By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Vintage, 2021.
How to improve your current job through design thinking. Incorporates lots of learning from the pandemic.
How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life
By Caroline Webb. Crown Business, 2016.
A really usable translation of insights from neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics into practical and
encouraging advice for career and life. Readable without being lightweight.
Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
By Eric Barker. HarperOne, 2017.
Amusing and useful insights into success in life and work. Barker knows the research and presents it clearly.
Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work’s Chaos
By Michael Carroll. Shambhala, 2004.
Examples: “Avoid idiot compassion,” “Study the six confusions,” “No blame.”
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
By David Allen. Penguin, 2015.
A classic, practical guide to organizing your work so you can relax and be productive.
True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
By Tara Brach. Random House, 2013.
About knowing what’s true and not being captive to negative emotions.
The Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting Things Done
By Monica Ramirez Basco. Guilford Press, 2010.
A sympathetic guide to why we procrastinate and how to change.