Books I’m loving – Getting Things Done, The Whole Brain Child
Do you believe in a Work-Life Balance? How many people do you know of that have achieved this elusive myth?
I do not believe that a work-life balance is possible. You are either working and sacrificing your personal life, or you are enjoying your personal life and sacrificing your work. You cannot do both and maintain a balance. You can however come close to a version of a work-life balance and that is by working smarter, being productive and time managing your day-to-day.
One of the books I love and keep reading is “Getting things done” by David Allen. “GTD” in short. The book was written many years ago when computers and mobile phones didn’t exist, however, the latest version has been updated to include them as well. It is the principles that matter, the tools will keep evolving as time goes by and make things easier (or more complicated). I prefer to use the simplest tools, which provide access wherever I go. More on this later in a different blog post. The most important point to understand is that – Our brains were meant to solve and create, not store information, and remember deadlines and follow-ups.
I guarantee, this book will help you organise your life, and create the best possible version of a work-life balance that can be achieved.
If you’re a parent, this is one book that will help you understand your child no matter what age he/she is. “The Whole-Brain Child” by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr Tina Payne. I had difficulties understanding my child as he was growing, and developing into an independent person (he just turned 8), however, I felt I was dealing with a teenager as if we didn’t speak the same language at times. This book helped me understand his mindset, insecurities and mine. It helped me get over those hurdles and understand how to deal with my son, guide him and help him grow emotionally. I continue to refer to this book as he is growing. Highly recommend getting this if you’re a parent.