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. Also, lots of good wisdom on living your life in general. Highly recommended.
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.
Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic
By Mark Coleman, foreword by Tara Brach. New World Library, 2016.
How to recognize and understand your inner critic—then move it off stage to get on with your life.
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.
Over 40 & You’re Hired!
By Robin Ryan. Penguin, 2011.
A good practical guide to how employers are likely to see older applicants, and how to respond. Caveat: the resumes are too crowded, as is often the case with these books.
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.