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Summer Reading That Will Boost Your Productivity

Summer’s here – time for many to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Time off from your daily routine provides an opportunity to take stock of what’s working in your life – and what isn’t.

Reflecting on your life while walking along a sandy beach definitely has its place. Yet, some of your habits may hold you back without you being aware. Our summaries can help you identify your blind spots and teach you how to fix them.

The following abstracts may trigger some welcome “aha” moments:

1. Are you paying enough attention to the way you handle negativity?

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In 7 Things Resilient People Do Differently, peak performance coach Akash Karia explains that “emotional resilience” is one of the attributes that sets successful people apart. His manual reviews seven habits that will strengthen your emotional muscles, such as taking ownership of your negative emotions, developing self-awareness, modifying your internal self-talk, and replacing limiting beliefs.

“Less educated, less intelligent people who have mastered the ability to use their emotions rather than being used by them often achieve far more.” – Akash Karia

2. Are you as productive as you can be?

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Productivity doesn’t mean you have to be constantly busy; it means getting done what is most important. This is the premise of Chris Bailey’s The Productivity Project, which introduces readers to 25 effective productivity techniques. The book may alert you to the fact that you multitask too much, work during the wrong time of the day, or try to retain too much information. Among his most potent tools of action: Write down three daily goals and stay on task to get them done.

“Productivity isn’t about doing more things; it’s about doing the right things.” – Chris Bailey

3. Are you doing enough to recharge your batteries?

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In Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, Silicon Valley consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang cites evidence from neuroscience and psychology on how the practice of “deliberate rest” can boost your creativity and productivity. Besides Pang’s advice on taking regular breaks, getting enough sleep, and – yes! – going on vacation, you may be particularly intrigued by the concept of “deep play:” pursuing a hobby that is challenging and absorbing, but which indirectly enhances your work by increasing your resilience and expanding your skill set.

“One striking characteristic of the brain in its resting state is that it’s barely less energetic than the engaged brain.” – Alex Soojung-King Pang

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