Christmas Day is over, and we are officially in limbo. The next week will see us lounging around the house, not sure what day it is, nibbling on random titbits leftover from the Christmas feast and blissfully unaware of how many days are left before we go back to work.
One of the best activities to accompany the leftover stuffing sandwiches and copious cups of tea?
Reading – of course.
Here is our guide to the top 5 books to read over the holidays.
Atomic Habits – James Clear
This book literally does exactly what it says on the tin; “An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones”.
You may have heard the phrase ‘You’ll never change your life until you change one thing you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine’. This could not be more true. It’s the reason why men in the army are so meticulous about making their bed in the mornings… It starts their day off with accomplishing a small task, reinforces self-discipline from the moment they are awake, and builds momentum for productivity throughout the day.
And from day one – They make it a habit.
By changing our habits, we can literally change our lives. And this book will tell you exactly how to do that. Seems like a pretty good book to read before the New Year hits!
Why not download the first chapter for free here, and see what you think!
How To Break Up With Your Phone – Catherine Price
We are probably all guilty of spending too much time on our phones. You might pick it up to check something, and 45 minutes later, you realise you have not moved a muscle (except your ‘scroll muscle’. That one has had a good workout!).
This book is a serious eye opener. We learn how apps are designed to be addictive, and how the time we spend scrolling is damaging our attention span as well as our relationships with others in real life.
When you read this book, you will be taken on a 30 day challenge, learning how to improve your relationship with your phone and take back control of your time. There are lots of practical tips which are tried and tested, and at the end of your journey you will have a much greater ability to be more present with loved ones, be more productive with your work, and all in all reduce the amount of time you might otherwise waste mindlessly observing strangers’ lives on the internet.
Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
This book tells the story of how one of the greatest brands in the world was founded. Ever wondered what it is really like to start a business from ground zero?
Then you need to read this book.
Written by the man himself, Phil Knight, this book literally leaves out NONE of the gory details of the path to building a successful business. It tells of the humble, and very un-glamorous beginnings that led to the creation of Nike, by a passionate runner and business student from Oregon. And what’s more, it tells this story as a funny, entertaining and emotive story from beginning to end. (No business jargon or boring figures like other business books may have!).
Awaken The Giant Within – Tony Robbins
If there is one man who could be named the king of self-improvement, it’s Tony Robbins.
This book was written in 1991… And to this day, it is still the best selling self-help book on the market, helping people all over the world to change their lives for the better.
In ‘Awaken The Giant Within’, Tony gives us solid advice on how to master five key areas of our lives: Emotions, physical body, relationships, finances and time. What makes this book so special, is that rather than leaving us with lots of lovely ideas that we never actually put to any use, Tony Robbins does a fantastic job of encouraging us to take action throughout the book, which is why this book has been so successful in positively changing people’s lives.
Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker
Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?
Then you need to read this book.
(and start banking eight hours sleep per night).
In today’s world, the ‘sleep when I’m dead’ mentality is adopted by many, and admired by more. But what most people don’t know, is that getting less than 7 hours sleep per night is as damaging to your health as smoking.
But don’t take our word for it. This book is the first of it’s kind written by a qualified professional in this field, so we definitely recommend you read it for yourself.
Meanwhile, we are off to take a nap………..