Life comes at you fast, and sometimes it’s hard to keep it all together. Luckily, these 10 book suggestions will get you back on track to building your life better than ever. Get your library card ready!
1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This first book suggestion is so good that the author, Marie Kondo, now has her own Netflix original show. Kondo’s unique method of tidying up will transform not only your spaces but your way of thinking about the things in your life and what purposes they serve. By keeping only those things that “spark joy” for us, we can simplify and streamline our lives reducing stress, and leaving us with more energy to do what really matters.
2. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD
You can sleep when you’re dead. It’s a phrase we’ve all heard, and in this 24/7 world where your work is only a text away, it’s an all too common reality. In Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker condenses decades of research to urge us to re-examine our relationship with sleep, and convince us how and why our nightly 8 hours should be non-negotiable. Easy to read, smart, and practical, Why We Sleep will have you starting every day off on the right foot.
3. The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
Closet full, but nothing to wear? This book suggestion will remedy that in a jiff. Rees discusses how to redesign and rethink your wardrobe in a straightforward and practical way. She also tackles the root of our closet crises by explaining the how of shopping for clothes. Follow her methods and your closet will be streamlined in no time at all!
PS: Use this in conjunction with Marie Kondo’s method to take it to the next level!
4. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
I’m not exaggerating when I say the Bullet Journal Method changed my life. For tracking habits, keeping up with tasks, and even planning long term projects, the Bullet Journal system can do it all. The best part? Unlike a traditional planner, you control the layout of the bullet journal so it fits your life perfectly. Pair that with Carroll’s awesome task-management system, and you’re well on your way to planner bliss.
5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Turns out, giving too many fucks isn’t a good thing. Manson teaches us by presenting his own story and those of others, where we should be placing our fucks and where we shouldn’t. Though the title may be a bit aggressive, this book is a lesson in letting go and taking a calmer approach to life. So take a deep breath, and stop giving a fuck!
6. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
This one goes out to all my skeptics. 10% Happier is Harris’ own story of how he went from a skeptic to a believer of the powers of mindfulness meditation. Unlike other books on the topic which might alienate non-spiritual readers, Harris’ realistic and relatable view will have you ohm-ing in no time.
7. How to Be a Person in the World by Heather Havrilesky
Socially awkward? Dealing with self-doubt? In this compilation of essays from the Ask Polly column, Havrilesky astutely and comically helps readers navigate their issues. Wise and witty, How to Be a Person in the World is the advice you need to hear to better your relationships with others and your relationship with yourself.
8. Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner
If money problems are the source of your woes, or even if they aren’t, Beth Kobliner has some advice for you in her book. From loans to investments to taxes to even renting apartments, Get a Financial Life will educate you in all aspects of money management. Written for young people, it’s a straightforward, easy to understand intro to all things financial.
9. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
No, this is not a French cookbook. My fellow procrastinators, this one’s for us. Eat That Frog is inspired by the Mark Twain quote, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Tracy gives methods for getting started, and staying productive, even in the midst of distractions.
10. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
If you are feeling alone or unsure of how to belong in the world this book is for you. Braving the Wilderness is a lesson in not only the importance of being yourself but on how to be your authentic self. Brown teaches that belonging begins within ourselves, and only from there can we begin to truly be a part of the grander scheme of things.