Good bye 2019. Hello 2020. These interstitial weeks between an old year and a new year provide the perfect opportunity to examine ourselves and consider how we might do better.
In other words, it's resolution time.
I did some web-based research and learned that the most common resolutions are personal ones (weight loss, exercise, etc). But a fair amount of people make business or job related resolutions as well. Do you want to be more organized at work? More focused? Do you want to make sure you have the right job? Or do you just need to be more inspired?
If any of these questions sound like ones that you want to answer more definitively in 2020, and even set as goals, here's a short list of recent books that will help.
Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg
Here is the next big book on habits. BJ Fogg is the founder and director of the Stanford Behavior Design Lab, and he's here to help you design your behavior. If you are looking to become more organized, or to pick up (or drop) a habit in 2020, this book will give you the blueprint for doing it.
Maybe you already know what you want to do, but you keep getting distracted by... well, anything and everything. Nir Eyal lays out a four-step model for keeping your focus on what you want your focus kept on. This book will help you to set your goals, and to actually remember what they were six months from now.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David J. Epstein
The subtitle is pretty self-explanatory: Epstein argues that—in a world of specialization—it is better to start off as a generalist who tries new things, fails sometimes, and eventually figures out his or her strengths. If you are resolved to make a job change in 2020, or just to try something new at work, this book will give you the piece of mind (and a real argument) for doing it.
Here's a great book for becoming a better version of yourself at work and at home. It's a thorough enough book to get its points across, but never gets bogged down. Essentially, it focuses on the Five Ps: Purpose, Process, People, Presence, and Peace. There's also good advice for self care and for not working just for working's sake.
Robert Iger took over Disney nearly fifteen years ago and really changed the culture. He added Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and 21st Century Fox to its portfolio, and the value of the company quintupled. If you are searching for resolution ideas, or just inspiration for the new year, Iger's leadership principles of optimism, courage, decisiveness, and fairness might shine a little light on your own potential path.
Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives by Daniel J. Levitin
Not everyone is at the beginning of their career. As many of us navigate into the new decade (maybe it's our fourth, fifth, or sixth decade), we've noticed that our boat is a little more creaky than it used to be. What does it mean, and where can we turn for advice? Daniel Levitin's book is about living your best life, no matter how old you are (although it might mean different things at different ages), and isn't that the ultimate goal of making resolutions?