Treasure 76 – Time, Books, Change

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Happy New Year! Here it is, the first treasure in 2019. Do you already have goals for 2019? If so, then maybe you will find one or the other tip. If not, let today’s treasure inspire you. By the way, I also wrote an article about goals in 2017 .

Nugget #1 comes from Marcus Raitner, whose blog “Führung erfahren” always makes me think. This time it’s about time. Many of us suffer from meeting overload. Often the important things are pushed out. No time remains for personal development or one hour silence for thinking. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are very popular people. Nevertheless, according to the article, they manage to take an hour a day to sit around and think. Taking more time for it is also the goal of Marcus Raitner, who noticed during a two-week illness phase that many calendar entries are probably not as important as they seem. By the way, the following question helped me a few times: “Which appointments would I still keep if I left the company shortly?” If your reading list for 2019 is not yet full, there are a few tips at the end. Or don’t you have time to read? 😉
How Do You Feel About Your Time? (3 min, text, English)

Nugget #2 also talks around reading. Benjamin Schlindwein presents his read books from 2018. “Disrupt yourself” (*) sounds entertaining and is definitely a match to me. What will you disrupt in 2019? I also recommend the book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” (*) to anyone who is concerned about decisions. It’s not always easy to read, but for me it’s now a reference book that I leaf through from time to time. But my personal favorite is the book “Give and Take” (*), which I don’t know yet. I am a giver myself (as you can see on this blog). That’s why I’m interested in the theory behind it. Protecting myself from exploitation can’t hurt either. His list also includes books by Lars Vollmer and Niels Pfläging, whose lectures I have already had in treasures before. Some of their remarks are inspired by Gerhard Wohland. So his book Thinking tools of high performers (*) would fit Benjamin’s or your 2019 reading list well. What books did you read in 2018 and what is on your list for 2019? Let me know in the comments.
My best reads of 2018 and what I learned from them (7 min, text, English)

Annual goals or good intentions are often about change. In Nugget #3 Sebastian Kolberg has turned the 44 favorite sayings of naysayers into the opposite. My top 3 of naysayers phrases are:

  • We’ve been doing this for 20 years.
  • We don’t have the time. (See Nugget #1)
  • This is impossible.

If you’re like me, you’ve got “ammo” to fire back.
44 Things you can say to change things (7 min, text, German)

At the end I want to pick up the point with the giver. I stumbled across a really cool action on the blog of antetanni – The gift of joy. I give away 9x joy – 3x directly here on the blog, 3x on LinkedIn and 3x on Twitter. The first three who comment on this blog post in the respective medium will get a surprise from me during the course of the year. This could be a postcard, a book or maybe a gadget. Let me surprise you. Of course you should continue the action #freudeschenken2019 as well. Just use your own blog or the social network of your choice.

In this sense I wish you a healthy and successful 2019. Looking forward to your comments.

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