The second-most common resolution after “health habits” (book suggestions here) might be getting organized.
Here are 5 books to help you be more organized in 2017:
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
You may have read his bestseller Being Mortal last year, but Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto is just as fascinating. In it he looks at what the most efficient professions have in common. He talks to pilots, stock traders and others before he hits on a radical idea — checklists make humans more able to perform tasks correctly. This book will forever change the way you think about routine tasks – perfect for starting the year off on the right foot!
Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
By now, everyone knows that Gretchen Rubin is the queen of habits. Her book The Happiness Project changed lives for the better! Better Than Before takes a look at what characteristics within a person make them more or less likely to do certain things. For instance, I am an abstainer. It is easier for me to give up something completely than to do it sometimes, in moderation. Knowing this, I don’t keep my favorite sweets in the house. Understanding more about my personality type has made it much easier for me to make and keep habits/resolutions. Maybe it’ll help you too!
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This list wouldn’t be complete without Kondo’s book – though I doubt there is anyone who hasn’t heard of it by now! I found her advice on getting rid of things at times enlightening (“if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it”) and infuriating (“I recommend tidying by category, not by place.”…who has time to have their house in disarray that long?!). In case you haven’t experienced it for yourself, check it out here.
Make It Happen by Lara Casey
If you follow me on social media, you know that I am a huge fan of using Lara Casey’s Powersheets to plan for my year. She calls them an “intentional goal uncovering tool.” If you want to experience a little of what she has to offer before buying them, check out her amazing memoir/self-help book Make It Happen. It’ll be just the kick-in-the-pants you need to get organized on moving your goals forward.
The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner
Maybe all of this organizing sounds great, but you just don’t have the time! If you’re juggling work, family, friends, and more, you may need a little help keeping it all together. Enter Jessica Turner. In The Fringe Hours, Turner talks about reclaiming pockets of time in your day that are otherwise not being used intentionally. That hour you spent scrolling through Instagram this afternoon? Could’ve used it to clear out your closet!