Category: Review

  • book review: slow productivity

    book review: slow productivity

    As the modern workplace has evolved and metrics for output and productivity have been adapted to measure everything, we’ve been conditioned that we must be busy, we must hit artificial targets, and our brains must continue to do more. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee results. It more often guarantees burn out. Cal Newport’s most recent…

  • Book Review: The Devil Never Sleeps

    Book Review: The Devil Never Sleeps

    In a world besieged by crisis and befuddled by the paradox of preparation, how can we learn to move past the traditional manner of disaster planning? This is a new world where The Devil Never Sleeps, and Juliette Kayyem takes the reader on a guided tour through classic principles and shows how we can adapt…

  • Book Review: How to be a Productivity Ninja

    Book Review: How to be a Productivity Ninja

    I first read How to be a Productivity Ninja around the time it was published, back in 2014. That first copy was a review copy, received through NetGalley. It’s been waiting for a review ever since. Why? Perfectionism syndrome and wanting to have a copy of my own — something that inexplicably never happened. This…

  • Book Review: Four Thousand Weeks

    Book Review: Four Thousand Weeks

    What is the secret to time management for mortals? Patience and control. If you’ve felt the modern cult of busy (and perfect) productivity needs a kick, yet also crave practical advice to help keep your head above water, Four Thousand Weeks delivers. For those who feel a lack of patience and that life is careening…

  • Book Review Roundup: Accessibility, Usability, and Experience

    Book Review Roundup: Accessibility, Usability, and Experience

    I read voraciously on a wide range of topics. I like to search out books that help me enhance my knowledge, as well as titles that are useful for my clients. Over the past few months, I’ve focused on accessibility, usability, and experience. I’ve looked to gain a better understanding as to the definition of…

  • book review: digital minimalism

    book review: digital minimalism

    I am a longtime proponent of being thoughtful and intentional with the technology I use every day. I’ve shut off notifications for years. Over the past several months I’ve taken a large step back from social media. I found that my work has evolved, improved, and not missed out on that One Big Opportunity. I…

  • book review: atomic habits

    book review: atomic habits

    I’ve subscribed to James Clear‘s weekly email newsletter for years. Honestly, I can’t recall when or how I discovered his writing. He writes thoughtfully about productivity and often his newsletter touches on topics that I’m mulling over that week. When I saw he had a book coming out, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way…

  • book reviews: how we learn (to be) smarter, faster, and better

    book reviews: how we learn (to be) smarter, faster, and better

    I am a bookworm. I like to read across disciplines to improve my work and assist my clients. Two books I recommend are How We Learn by Benedict Carey and Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg. When read together, they provide insight into ways we can learn to increase our productivity.

  • Book Review: Code Girls

    When I was browsing through the titles of new publications at NetGalley, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy caught my eye. I knew I’d not read of these women before, I had no idea the amazing and delightful story I was to discover.…