BOOK REVIEW: “Do Less, Get More” by Shaa Wasmund

 

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Do Less, Get More by Shaa Wasmund (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Do Less, Get More is a great match for overwhelmed, busybody readers. You’ll learn how to make room for what’s truly important in your life and map out your goals. Sometimes I feel like twenty-four hours isn’t enough time in a day to accomplish my personal projects. I’ve read Do Less, Get More to expand my limited beliefs. I can’t stand staring at the ceiling at night when I should be sleeping thinking about all the things I wish I’ve done.

First of all, priority is important. What matters the most to you should be first on your to-do list. Shaa Wasmund points out that people tend to mix the important tasks with the trivial. Think watching the latest recorded season of Scandal in the morning is more important than that 5k training? You’ll thank yourself if you start running first.

Your goals should always be your highest priorities. Maintaining focus is key to making your goals come true. Let’s say you want to read more books in a monthly basis. Cut out all the distractions and set your reading goals on paper immediately!

Mind maps come in handy for setting goals. These maps are used to plan step-by-step action towards your goals. Here’s an example of a mind map:

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via Mind Map Art

and other one on time management:

via Mind Map Art

There’s an entire site full of these visual planners on mindmapping.com where you can create your own mind map and gain inspiration from others (with a 30-day free trial).

Without having to pay fancy mindmap software, I’ve created my own with basic Microsoft paint. The topic: “Writing More”.

Mind Map

Here’s how it’s broken down:

Mind Map: “Writing More!”

  • Blogging
    • WordPress
      • 500+ word content: I noticed I’ve been writing blog posts ranging around 250-300 words so I’m changing the habit to writing content at least 500 words. Sure, short content is good but bigger content with more quality is better.
      • Post schedule: Creating a post schedule can be a great for any consistent blogger posting content on time. This habit helps keep me on track of my posts I’ve created like the “Manga Mondays”.
      • Write new content ninety minutes a day: Creating post drafts non-stop for ninety minutes without any distractions has certainly taken me farther than before as a blogger.
  • Scripts
    • Plays
    • TV
    • Movies
    • “Fan-Based”:  Fanfiction in screenwriting form.
  • Time
    • Mornings: As soon as I wake up!
    • Weekends
    • Free time before & after work
  • Journal Time
    • Carry everywhere: To make sure I have done some form of writing, I take my journal with me everywhere just in case I haven’t done so at home.
    • Dream journaling: So far, I’ve written over a thousand dream entries figuring out the dream symbolisms I’ve encountered in my dreamworld.
    • Pour out feels:  Whenever I’m feeling ecstatic or upset about something, pouring these feelings out on paper is best.

Overall, the lesson I’ve picked up from Wassmund’s book is keeping my eyes on the prize. Focus equals tremendous progress! Since reading this book, I’ve made a week trial starting the day with my top three priorities: exercise, writing, and reading. I always do these first before going on Tumblr or checking my e-mail. My habits have changed since I’ve switched my routine.

Thanks, Wasmund!

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Have you read this book?

Which productivity books have changed your daily routine?

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz

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The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • TitleThe Magic of Thinking Big
  • Author: David J. Schwartz
  • Publication: Touchstone (Oct. 6, 2015) *first published: Apr. 2, 1987*
  • Pages: 320
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

I’ve certainly felt the magic after reading David Schwartz’s The Magic of Thinking Big. This book contains encouraging messages to smile more, think positive, and focus on success instead of failure.

Fun fact for Georgia natives: the author was a marketing and psychology professor at Georgia State University!

I found Schwartz’s book to be a helpful guide to stop thinking small and receiving lame expectations because of it. It’s one of those books you can read whenever you feel like all hope is lost whether it be your career, relationships, whatever. Schwartz’s offers friendly reminders throughout the book to believe yourself and take action. Everybody needs a little encouragement.  Life can suck sometimes but your thoughts can change that. I believe reality is a projection of our very thoughts. Reading Thinking Big has helped me improve mines.

Have you read this book? What do you think of it: powerful or slightly cheesy and obvious?

BOOK REVIEW: “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The Power of Habit
  • Author: Charles Duhigg
  • Publication: Random House (Feb. 28. 2012)
  • Pages: 371
  • Genre: Business, Self-Help
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I thoroughly understand the basic cycle of habits and how I can modify them thanks to Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. Duhigg explains how habits run over very lives. When we have a desire, we proceed through a repeatable routine until we obtain it. An employee goes through a series a challenging assignments and promotions until the desired top position is fulfilled. A drug addict wants to get high so he takes LSD to achieve it. A bit extreme but it’s another example of a habit.

Duhigg presents real-life narratives and neat visuals how habits work and the changes made for better results. Life is made up of many habits.

 

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A “Habit” Visual (via Goodreads)

 

The Power of Habit is a highly applicable book. I recommend it for anybody who has any habits to change from”bad” to “ok” to “good” to “better”. Some days, I tend to play video games the first thing in the morning when I could be doing more productive tasks. I could be reading a new book, exercising, or cleaning my room. Nope, I must build a new house and tend to my wheat farm in Minecraft! That counter-productive routine has changed since Duhigg’s book. Now, I reward myself with Minecraft after doing my important duties first.

Thanks Charles Duhigg!

Have you read this book?