What are 5 self-development books you recommend?

Here is my top 5 picks:

  1. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  2. One thing Thing
  3. Atomic Habits (Recent one which has become my favourite)
  4. The 4-hour workweek
  5. Make & Shine by Anne-Laure Le Cunff

I read 3 and 4 :) Atomic habits is a must read for an indie dev

Atomic habits for sure! That book is a collective wisdom of all Habits / Productivity books!!!!

Deep Work by by Cal Newport has some great insights if you're looking to maximize your output per day.

read this. thought it was 200 pages too long

  • Getting Things Done: The concept of "next available action" was eye opening. Always knowing what the next task is you can work on for any given project. Also the requirement of a task starting with a verb. So instead of just "laundry" I'd say something like "select clothes to put in washing machine". Even though I know what "laundry" means, having it be more concrete helps actually doing it.
  • Thinking Fast & Slow: Helps you become more aware of all the common mistakes our brain make.
  • The Creative Habit and The War of Art: Both taught me you don't need "inspiration" to do creative work. With good habits and discipline you should be able to do creative work anytime.
  • The Effective Executive: No-nonsense advice on how to be a more productive executive.

I read these books quite a while ago. Many of them I wouldn't enjoy today, but they worked for me in the moment. I recommend just getting the free chapter on iTunes/Amazon and if you don't enjoy it try again in a few years.

  1. The Power of Habit (or Atomic Habits is apparently also good but I haven't read it)
  2. Algorithms to Live By (best book I've read in a long time)
  3. Man's Search for Meaning
  4. Give and Take
  5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***

If you're interested in more books in the p-dev area, I recommend more here: by Harry Dry (lol)

genius writing

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