For the Organizationally Inclined
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. In this audiobook, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, complete with folding instructions. With guidance on specific categories for everything from kitchen tools and cleaning supplies to hobby goods and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is necessary for anyone searching for a simpler way of life. Warning: this is not an advised listen for any self-proclaimed hoarders.
Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport
After decluttering your physical possessions with Marie Kondo, turn to S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport to declutter your mind.Because, while the truth is that we all experience the occasional negative thought, if you always feel overwhelmed, then you need to closely examine how these thoughts are negatively impacting your lifestyle. This book is here to help you do just that. The solution is to practice specific mindfulness techniques that create more “space” to enjoy inner peace and happiness. By cultivating cleansing habits, you’ll have the clarity to prioritize what’s most important in your life, eliminate anything that doesn’t serve your goals, and determine exactly how you want to live.
For the Logically Minded
Payoff: The Hidden Logic that Shapes Our Motivations by Dan Ariely
Payoff investigates the true nature of motivation, our partial blindness to the way it works, and how we can bridge this gap. Ariely utilizes research-based results, and digs deep to find the root of motivation.More importantly he breaks down how motivation works, and how we can use this knowledge to approach important choices in our own lives. Along the way, he explores intriguing questions such as: Can giving employees bonuses harm productivity? Why is trust so crucial for successful motivation? What are our misconceptions about how to value our work? How does your sense of your mortality impact your motivation? Consider this your guide to all the business questions Google couldn’t answer.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
In the Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg utilizes scientific discoveries to explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Duhigg uses narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble, all the way to sidelines of the NFL, and even to the front lines of the civil rights movement. Throughout this journey, and in his follow-up book Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity, Duhigg presents an entirely new understanding of human nature and its potential. What he finds is even more eye opening: the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. It sounds self-explanatory, but clearly very few of us have realized this potential yet. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
We have all felt unmotivated at one point in our lives, and it inevitably slows us down in and out work. Fret no more! This audiobook from Daniel Pink discusses the truth about what motivates us, as well as how you can find satisfaction in your work again. With constant change in the event industry, burnout is a consistent problem, but it doesn’t have to be. Pink helps teach you how to reignite drive in your work, by examining your genuine motivations and helping you to uncover what truly makes you happy in your life as well as your work. Happy work, happy life.
When You Need Celeb Wisdom
Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
Now, for the first time, the aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on the two-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in one audiobook. The Wisdom of Sundays features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders. Visionaries such as Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Shonda Rhimes share their secrets for finding purpose through mindfulness and intention. World renowned authors and teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hahn, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer, explain our complex relationship with the ego and the healing powers of love and connection.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Sometimes things don’t go exactly the way we planned. OK, a lot of times. Option B explores how people manage to overcome hardships such as illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere…and to rediscover joy. Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead.
No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain
No Reservations is Anthony Bourdain’s fully illustrated journal of his far-flung travels. If you enjoy your meals with a side of adventure, and sarcasm, then resident bad-boy chef Bourdain (and February 2017 Smart Meetings cover subject) has you covered. This is an indispensable opportunity to learn how to order your reindeer cooked medium-well or which street corner to find the best crab ragoons; do yourself a favor and listen to this AFTER you’ve eaten.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
This novel that will warm your heart and your stomach. From the comfort and safety in the flavors of her native Minnesota our protagonist’s journey to star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminates in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to spirit and resilience. Eva is a foodie heroine we can’t help but root for, from beginning to end. Remember to always thank your caterers, folks.
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