In this post, I want to list the five essential books that I have read that have the most impact on my day to day life. These include saving for a house deposit and working more efficiently as I got promoted. I am sharing this with you because I believe it will have a similar impact on your financial independence and productivity.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
This book will teach you practical advice on managing your finances and financial planning for your future.
The best advice I got from this book was to automate your bank account transaction. By automating you pay your bills automatically and transfer your savings to another account on the first of every month. You are finally left with money to live off for the rest of the month. By doing this, it has helped build up my savings quicker with little effort.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen
Working in the corporate world meant my list of tasks was ever-growing. Each promotion added more responsibilities, and I eventually struggled to keep up. I tried to find a system to help and GTD was the one I liked the best. I implemented the system into everything I do to help me manage my time and resources.
The most important advice I took away was to list all your tasks and to review them regularly. It turns out as humans we are not good at remembering everything, and we can make our life easier by writing it down and reviewing it later.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
A new addition to my library is Atomic Habits. For me trying to form habits is hard, where I was great at planning new changes I was useless at sticking to habits.
This book helped me understand methods to use to form habits and stick to it to become the routine.
The most important concept I learned from this book is when forming a habit is to make it easy. So when I decided to row every day for a month, I had my gym clothes ready to put on once I woke up.
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
When I first learned of Tim Ferris, I was interested in the way he could learn things quickly. I eventually discovered his 4-hour work week book. I was never an entrepreneur or planning to sell a product. But his book had a lot of ideas on how to shape your life for the better.
The best advice I took away from the book was to be effective. I ask myself “What can I do to make my life easier and better?”. His advice on automation, checklists and prioritising have in many areas of my life.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Convey
One of the oldest books in my collection is also the one that is most recommended by people.
The 7 Habits provided help to make you successfully individually, make you a better team player and encourage you to improve.
The most important advice I got from this book was habit one, be proactive. Having once a wait and see mentality, I changed to be more active. Whatever I try to achieve new goals, I am proactive in completing tasks. Sometimes it works, and it gives me an edge, sometimes it fails. But even when I have been unable, I have learnt something from being proactive that I can take on for the next goal.