Top 10 Reads of 2017

Looking for holiday reads now that Christmas is over? Want to plan to read more in 2018? Here are my top 10 reads from 2017, in no particular order, plus the full list of books I read throughout the year.

As the inimitable Dr. Seuss so memorably put it, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

Plus, in a world that’s increasingly distracted and insular, making reading a regular part of your life helps develop both your focus and your empathy, increasing the potential for you to bring your best both to tasks and to relationship. That sounds to me like a good way to set yourself up for the best possible 2018!

Why you need to ban your phone from your bedroom right now

What’s the last thing you do before sleeping, and the first thing you do when you wake up? If you’re like the majority of people, you’re on your smartphone.

Research shows that 95% of us are spending time on a smartphone or tablet just before bed, and 84% of us reach for it first thing in the morning. We’re on emails, social networks, messaging apps, news sites, blogs… the list is endless.

But this near-consuming trend is coming at a cost – to your health, your productivity and your overall well-being.

Yet there’s a very simple solution you may not have considered…

Less but Better: Life by Design

When I surveyed readers of this blog, one of the strongest themes that emerged was a desire for greater clarity in your lives. So what kind of deliberate experiments might help along that journey?

Well, recently I’ve been mulling on the phrase “Less but better”.

It’s the credo and book title of German designer Dieter Rams, famous for his minimalist approach to design and an influence on the design aesthetic of Apple.

You may have seen a video spoof that was created a number of years ago re-imagining Apple packaging in the Microsoft packaging style of the time. It demonstrates beautifully the merit of the ‘less but better’ principle in design.

 

Of course, it’s not just in design that Rams’ credo is worth consideration. The deliberate design of our lives should also prompt us to consider the ways in which ‘less but better’ might be worth implementation. 

In my own life, I’ve been experimenting with designing a life of greater clarity by pursuing ‘less but better’…