Today is the last day of Laura Vanderkam’s 168 hours challenge. I joined her Challenge this week and am happy to be following along again. I had joined last year too and found it to be immensely insightful. With the new school year and new schedules, I am sure that I shall get many useful insights to improve my time management for the coming months ahead.
As a citizen of today’s super frantic, noisy and distracted world (plus a safe), my free time is indeed like ‘time confetti’ (a term found in Laura’s books on Time Management). So, I try to use my spare Moments wisely. You can read more on that here.
This week, I used my spare moments to make a dent on few treasures in my reading list:
Own The Room
Eat that Frog
Yell Less, Love More
I also re-read a few of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. Plus, I ascertained my personality/ tendency type via Gretchen Rubin’s site and got my personal evaluation. Yay!!! All those minutes here and there really added up.
I can’t wait to analyze my time sheets tomorrow and find vital time chunks to utilize better. Hurray!
On a hopeful and inspired note, it’s adieu until tomorrow’s Mute Monday!
My to-read list keeps growing every time I come across a great find whether by recommendation, at the library or by chancing upon a review/ discussion.
While I don’t expect to finish by the end of the year, here is my list:
I am currently reading a romance novel by Robyn Carr, the ebook ‘Eat That Frog’ and ‘Fail Fast, Fail Often’ in Paperback.
So, what are you reading? Leave me your favorites and recommendations in the comments below.
I am always looking to expanding my non-fiction reading, books on business, finance, career development, entrepreneurship and the likes. But the list of books by women authors usually is limited to just a few.
Curious I decided to search for lists of books by women authors. My criteria was not books for women, but books by women! Searching through Google, Twitter and Goodreads, I found many lists ‘for women’. But only few passed the ‘By Women‘ test. 😦
To be fair, books by men are wonderful, insightful and applicable. But, I really wanted to read books by women on the subjects of career development, managing businesses, achieving success, making money. Surely, not such an arduous task. But it was!
But, I found the efforts were worth it! I found a few marvelous lists, and I am happy to report that my to-read list has now expanded significantly. In fact, I plan to plow through these lists and read away to glory now! After all, what better way to spend the oncoming cold here in Midwest? A nice cup of coffee, a good book, the little one perusing her own books (hopefully), ahh!!! The good life!
Given below are the lists I found as well as the one I built up on Goodreads:
- Goodreads Self List : I made this list based on what I have read and been recommended. Confession Time: I am only half done on this list!
- From Inc.com : This is the one list that comes up frequently. Interesting to note that this article was created by a man! While I can dwell on how it takes a man to point this out and carefully curate that list; I won’t. Instead, I am be delighted that men and women are equally committed to equality on all fronts and helping in our own ways! That is heartening, after all!
- Goodreads Business List: Another find on Goodreads.
- NonFiction for Women – This list is ostensibly for women in their twenties. I’m not! I turned 31 this month! But with 135 books, all by women; it’s not hard to find many wonderful titles (amid a few I’d call questionable) for inspiration and empowerment.
- Indian Women Authors: This list is targeted towards women in Indian workforce. I am adding this list as I am an Indian and some of the titles in this list were recommended while I worked as a software professional.
These lists are no way exhaustive. So, please do let me know if there is any book that you found awesome and was written by a female author. Or add it to the list on Goodreads here.
I thought I’d give a nice update on my current challenges for August just like in July.
T and I have been visiting the library and we are done with our Summer Program. We shall be collecting our gift soon. As of this week, T has read over 250 unique books. [Our reading count is higher since T likes to read her favorites over and over again. This is why we had finished the ‘1000 books before Kindergarten’ summer program last year with ~120 unique books. Not bad for a four year old!]
We are learning about time thanks to the Melissa&Doug clock from our library.
Cycling and walking are among our physical activities and making polite conversation constitute our social activities list.
I finished more than three weeks of logging my positivity ratio; so, I have learnt what boosts my mood instantly and what automatically puts me in a slump. Accordingly, am trying to increase the good moments and avoid the bad ones. Read about my attempts at measuring positivity here and here.
I finished yet another book this week. Hurray! I am reading three books as of now. One is a physical copy, one an audio book and another an ebook. Having discovered how all the spare moments add up, I have resorted to having books around in multiple formats. This means that I can utilize every extra minute for absorbing a great book depending on the situation. Baby sleeping in my arms, go with the ebook. Ironing my never ending pile: listen to the audio book instead of songs. Supervising the li’l angel: read the hard cover. It’s not a perfect technique, but it works.
- Camp NaNoWriMo
The one glaring blip on my list of challenges. I did NOT reach my target. No excuses or reasons. I am just glad that I learnt some useful lessons that will aid me in this year’s NaNoWriMo.
Make an outline.
Flesh out story and characters beforehand.
Don’t think, just write, never edit.
- Personal Projects
I finished my MOOC with 95% score. Yippee!!
My pro bono project is in progress. I need to finish that within this fortnight.
It’s amazing how simple, ordinary lives too have so many challenges, big and small! What are you tackling now? Leave your thoughts and challenges in the comments below.
Enjoy the weekend!
This week’s post is about the current challenges of my life:
School is out but teaching/ schooling never ends for a parent. So, I am trying to teach T at least an hour about world, nature, science, literature, Indian arts and traditions (since we are in Chicago; want her to know her roots as well)
After reading Daniel Pink’s book, I am hooked on the concept of Positivity ratio. I even took the Positivity Test and found mine to be less than the ideal 3:1 ratio. I am determined to attempt it everyday for two weeks along with deliberate efforts to increase my mindfulness and positive mood.
While I am well past my Goodreads Challenge for 2017; I am trying to keep the pace up. Of course, easier said than done, with so multiple projects in my life right now. This is where every minute counts and synchronized readers come into play. Fingers crossed!
- Camp NaNoWriMo
I am a participant in 2017 with a target of 10K words. I am still under 1K. So, this is something, I am trying hard to keep up with. The problem is not the words but fear of content. The stories in my mind are really close to my heart and just the thought of setting it to paper is making me feel too vulnerable to write. But I hope to conquer this fear and accomplish my target.
- Personal Projects
This month, I am completing a MOOCs and doing a pro bono website design project. Hence, I have a full plate on time and creativity and coding front. [= no time but lots of positivity 🙂 ]
Who says ordinary lives are simple or boring? 🙂
I last wrote about Spare Moments here. This week I am adding my current activities in those spare moments. Like everyone knows, a few minutes here and there can add up to quite a bit. If used judiciously, they can be directed to completing small tasks of large projects.
So, below is my list of spare moment activities:
- Read ‘To Sell is Human’
- Peruse Twitter
- Complete reading articles from Entrepreneur, Inc., Forbes, HBR that I have saved on my reading list.
- Squats and stretches (not too often though)
- Complete any super short task on my to-do list (if any)
- Clear a corner or surface (plentiful of mess in our bustling home☺)
- Answer a survey for charity on surveymonkey.com
Beginning July, I shall also be working on a novel draft as a Camp NaNoWriMo participant. Hooray!
So, what are you spending your spare time on? Have a great week ahead!