Wow, I really loved this book. The subtitle is “How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine” and it does explain just that. I feel like sometimes we bash books if they don’t contain information that is completely new to us, but sometimes being reminded of the basic in a fresh way is both helpful and invigorating. The concept of a morning routine is basic, but this book comes at it from a new angle and and simplifies it into a completely doable, realistic approach for busy women. I found myself highlighting so many good quotes.
Her concept is that if you can create a small habit in 3 key areas, it will transform your day.
Those 3 things are:
Highly recommend this book–so much good stuff in here and so many great reminders of the WHY behind creating a great morning routine–to live out our purpose more fully.
I’ve seen this book everywhere, and to be honest I shyed away from reading it merely because of the title–which seemed sort of…off…to me. Who only wants to work 4 hours a week? I mean, I like what I do.
I think the biggest way that I didn’t think that I would like the book was because the title seemed to contradict my sense of purpose. I’m not a bold or splashy person (although I enjoy wit and a mild dose of sarcasm), but I do believe in having an overarching mission for one’s life. To simply create products to make money and then decide how to use my overabundance of free time just makes no sense to me. I’d rather create a business and life around things I feel called to and optimize them to the best of my ability. I don’t want to be free from every constraint, I want to be free to work on the things that are most important to me!
So, with that said, I tried the approach the book with an open mind.
The book is broken into 4 parts:
Definition (Deciding what you want)
Elimination (Cutting out unessentials)
Automation (Putting important things on auto-pilot)
Liberation (Creating the life you want.)
The second section on eliminating unessential communication and information was probably my favorite. I’ve realized how much time I spend consuming information. I took a strengths test awhile back and one of my Top 5 was “Information Excavator.” So–you could say information is something I’m drawn to naturally but I often find myself consuming rather than creating and I need/want to DO something with that information. Cutting out reading useless emails, news and books I don’t find 100% interesting is a good way to start sifting through what’s going into my head.
There were a few other sections I found helpful, such as the 80/20 principle (80 percent of your results comes from 20 percent of what you do.) I had heard of it before, but to see some practical ways to apply it to a work schedule was helpful. Another thing was that Tim Ferriss, the author, has a history of breaking records taking gatekeeping rules and then finding ways around those rules to gain an advantage when in competitions and that was also really interesting to read about.
Basically, if you like self-improvement and have an entrepreneurial bent, you’d probably find this book interesting. I do want to note that there is some language and like every other book I read, I don’t endorse every viewpoint of the author (and in this case, a good bit of the book.)
A fellow blogger, my friend Rebekah, noticed this book on Kindle and sent me a link saying she thought it looked like it would be interesting to me. I actually bought this author’s workbook, The Create Content Planner at the beginning of the year, but it some ways I actually found this $2.99 Kindle book more helpful. They complement each other though and make a great duo. I’ve read hundreds of articles and resources on blogging and I think it’s safe to say this is one of the best resources I’ve ever encountered.
Eric Metaxas is one of my favorite authors and while on a random visit to the library with my sister Lydia, I saw this sitting out on the new releases shelf–and had to read it.
This book is lengthy, but if there’s anyone to make a long read amusing and interesting, it would be Metaxas.
But I’m all about true confessions…and I’m super busy right now…so I’m finishing it on Audible.
(Life hack: listen to biographies on audio. So much more entertaining.)
There’s a lot of myths and legends about Martin Luther’s life and I’ve enjoyed learning more about the role he played in the Reformation and the overall shifting cultural scene of Europe in the 1500’s and the Renaissance.
I was having a bad day a few weeks ago and asked my sister Lydia to pick out a fiction book for me to read as a diversion. She suggested this one–which ironically I had started last year and decided I disliked a few pages in! I gave it another shot and I don’t know what my problem was the first time–but it was hilarious this time around and the perfect book to snuggle up with on a rainy spring day. It’s an English period drama/comedy/romance set in the 1910’s. Highly entertaining.
What have you been reading? Leave a comment!