This new year, go beyond a simple to-do list to organize your life. These books about time management and organization will help you tame unmanageable messes, tackle projects big and small, and cultivate strategies for productivity to help you meet all your 2020 goals.
Improve your environment and your mental state with these expert guides to organization, mindfulness, and productivity.
The Art of Stopping Time by Pedram Shojai – If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a complete life overhaul, this book gives you little changes you can make every day. With 100 daily meditations, the author shows you how to increase mindfulness, gradually form new habits, increase your energy, and transform your relationship with time.
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll – Bullet journaling is a flexible way of keeping track of your past, present, and future. This inspirational guide shows you how to start using this method to manage your life and meet your goals. To get you started and ready for the New Year, we are having a bullet journal workshop at Tuckahoe Library on December 30 at 2:00 pm. Registration required.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen – This book can change the way you live and work. From the practical to the philosophical, Allen’s methods are easy to implement so you can quickly form better habits. There are both low-tech and high-tech solutions for many time management issues. He’s even written an edition of this book for teens!
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam – If you’ve ever thought it’s impossible to have a balance between work, family, friends, and hobbies, this book is for you. Vanderkam takes a look at statistics, facts, and case studies to show you how women can – and do – utilize their time and create more balance in their lives. There may be more time in your day than you realize!
It’s About Time: The Art of Choosing the Meaningful Over the Urgent by Valorie Burton – Burton, a life coach and student of positive psychology, encourages you to value your time by focusing on what will add meaning to your life, rather than what is urgent. With practical exercises and mantras to remember, she encourages you to think about the choices you’re making.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo – This book will introduce you to the KonMari method for simplifying, organizing, and storing things. Learn to keep only the things which spark joy in your life.
Making Space, Clutter Free by Tracy McCubbin – This book is great for those who struggle with clutter and the emotional reasons for their inability to manage it in their lives. She illustrates how decluttering and organizing your environment can make room for more happiness in your life, and then takes you on a tour of your home, showing you tips and tricks for mastering the clutter in each room. Also available on Hoopla.
Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin – Rubin, who has been studying and writing about happiness for years, explains how living in an orderly environment is good for your mental health and happiness. She gives you practical steps towards creating an orderly home, warns you of pitfalls, and presents it all in this concise book.