Reviewed: The Productivity Project

I listened to the audio version of this book and couldn’t have enjoyed it more. The book details the author’s one-year quest to become more productive. He identifies the three areas of life he needed to manage – time, attention and energy – and learned how to focus on his most important tasks. Although The Productivity Project is heavily based on research, his experience applying the concepts is both entertaining and informative.

One of the many things I learned from The Productivity Project is that we expect more of our future selves than we do of our current selves. This is why we believe that we can save for retirement, pay off debt or lose weight in the future, even if we can’t do it now.

The author’s experiments included some traditional productivity ideas – such as cutting out stimulants, improving hydration and getting regular exercise. Along the way he also tried more difficult experiments, including eating only soylent (powdered food) and trying to spend a week in isolation. This is a truly excellent and motivating book that would be especially helpful to entrepreneurs.

Happy National Cellophane Tape Day!

National Cellophane Tape Day is celebrated on May 27. Cellophane tape (also called Scotch tape) was invented in 1930 by 3M Company employee Richard Gurley Drew. Cellophane tape was originally invented to seal cellophane packages in grocery stores. It was replaced by heat-sealed cellophane, while the tape became popular to wrap gifts. (Source)

How to write about National Cellophane Tape Day:

  • What is your favorite use for cellophane tape? I use them to seal envelopes, since I’m gluten-free (due to celiac disease) and the sticky adhesive on envelopes contains wheat.
  • Do you enjoy wrapping gifts? I don’t. My gifts usually look like they were wrapped by a 5-year-old. However but my husband and daughter love wrapping gifts and do a great job.
  • Where do you keep your cellophane tape? That may sound like a stupid question, but the rolls in our house are always disappearing!

Country line dancing keeps you young

This week, at the invitation of a friend, I took my first Country Line Dancing class. The first thing I learned is that I should have taken a beginner class, as I didn’t know any of the steps! I also learned that Country Line Dancing is hard! However the music is uplifting and the people were nice, plus it is great exercise. I’m definitely going to continue with the lessons.

One of my motivations was a recent study that showed that line dancing is great for the brain. In fact, it reduces the chance of dementia by 76 percent. This is attributed to the brain power needed to learn the steps, the exercise component, and the social community.

Today, write about something you do to stay young. It could be physical, emotional or spiritual. What do you do and what are the benefits?

Reviewed – The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time reviews books in the area of personal development, leadership, strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship and more. Some of the books are very new, while others (such as Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar) are classics. Each book is reviewed by either Jack or Todd and reviews are approximately 2 pages long.

Since I’ve read many of the books listed, I can say that the authors truly did read the books. They also did an excellent job distilling the major points of the book and telling the author’s story. I think this book would be a great starting point for any business owner who wanted to select books that would help them understand the business landscape and provide good suggestions for growing their business.