Start the year organizing!
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
Last year I found that my local libraries had all the entrepreneuship books I really wanted do read. I used to make researches on Pinterest and after a while the bot didn’t even need my help to show exactly the kind of litterature I was looking for. I was thrilled!
So I spent all year reading beautiful information on how to become the Number 1 in a given field. After a while the books were very similar but some really made a difference on my course.
That literature was the reason I felt prepared to start Patiferie and go back to making art dolls or sculpture only for myself. These entrepreneurship books helped me plan and define what I wanted and needed from my business.
I learned how I can take a day off or a week off, for instance. Today is my first working day of the year. I spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve working and decided I deserved a rest, so I spent it in my glamorous bicycle. Isn’t she lovely? ♡
Now I feel the need to plan and organize my year. So I remembered those books. I want to share with you some of them.
If you’re looking forward to clean the excess in your life, in a few long lasting habits, then you must read Essencialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg Mckeown. I am an essencialist by nature, so for me it is easy – I thought! There’s allways room for improvement and I learned a lot about keeping things simple – from yourself to your business. Knowing exactly where you stand, you immediatly know what to say, to whom… in my case, also which doll better suits that person and how to keep the environment safe in the process. Learning what to say YES to and how to say NO are essencial skills this book helps you with. These are all very dear thematics to me and I found answers to all inside this book. I couldn’t stop reading it, I devoured each sentence on the train and with my bike. It’s really a must read!
I usually grab 3 to 5 books at the same time. I feel like a kid on Christmas, unwrapping presents, love the feeling of having so many things to learn at reach! So at that time I also brought home The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More by Chris Guillebeau. This book was a great read. It helped me put in paper all I wanted to obtain from a business, what kind of life I wanted to live and when would I start living that way. I have it all on paper and that was really the begining of the dream come true. It wasn’t yet about dolls or sculpture but about a lifestyle. Knowing the kind of life where I fulfilled my purpuse lead me instantly to see what kind of business was right for me. Having your own business implies, at the beginning, a high level of dedication so it’s best that you are doing something you love rather than something you only think it’s profitable.
Another book that I’ll remember forever is The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. Inside there is a description of a Entrepreneur’s view of his business oposed to the view of his employees…and it’s amazing! You’ll see how cleverly he created a family business so successfull that everyone working with him knows exactly where he/she stands and does the work feeling that the business is his own.
Originals by Adam Grant was the biggest surprise for me, a very sweet surprise. I wasn’t expecting a book that explains the how and why of the process of originality in each individual. For me it was reassuring, each time I read that certain reactions were common between a type of creative individuals. I try to discipline myself ever since I was a child studying classical music. It lead me far in terms of technique! When I started learning classical sculpture at the Fine Arts Academy and pottery techniques I was super focused and incredibly disciplined, really out of this world…and I love it when that kind of work pays off and I see myself evolve in the pieces I sculpt or throw on the potter’s wheel. However when it came to create, there was no way I could mantain the discipline…and I am still like that – whether it be composing a theme or carving a new doll’s head, I simply lose the track of time and the track of everything! This book made it all ok somehow and my fear of not being able to put discipline into my work ceased. Of course I’m able to do it…I just have to be kind to myself and let myself create without being too harsh, enjoying one moment at a time and improving each day.
Other important books were The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiosaky (a story in the first person about how two children grew and how they learned to be successfull businessmen), The Four Hour Week by Timothy Ferris (maybe the first book I ever read on these subjects and completely by accident…this lead me to the rest). Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill seems to be also a good reading. I couldn’t get to the end because another library reader asked for it and he didn’t give me time to finish. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, was a quick read for me but many people liked it a lot.
Now I need new reading for this year! Maybe you can help me with that? Tell me what books are important to you, what books do you think are worth reading this year (or in a lifetime!).
Many books related to business and to self improvement that will be good for you to read if you want to start this year organizing. It’s the best way to start, I think, because it gives you more time in the end. Work smart instead of hard – plan ahead! Make time to dream and to create the image of the future you want – whether it be next week or the next 12 months. Make that time you gain by planning ahead, count!