The Other Bookshelf

The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better, by Thatcher Wine

Human brain is not a computer: it cannot multitask.
When we think we are multitasking – which we cannot! – either we exhaust ourselves, or we don’t really get anything done. We should do one thing at a time, dedicating it all our focus, to actually do it, and do it better. Unfortunately, deciding to stop multitasking and doing exclusively one thing at a time can be hard in a world that reclaims our attention continuously. In this book Thatcher Wine suggests a number of exercises we can practice in order to learn again how to stay focus and give our attention only where our attention is needed. Although Thatcher often confuses exercises about mastering the art of monotasking with indications about integrating healthy habits into daily life, I found this book illuminating. More on the topic in the author blog

ThRefuse to Choose!, by Barbara Sher

Every good book keeps the potential to change the life of its reader. And take me very seriously, when I say that this book is changing mine. On the outside, it is a manual with writing exercises and a lot of stories from Scanners (you will learn about them in the book); it however lacks a bit of structure. Nevertheless, the numerous suggestions to analyse life under a for me completely new point of view, is getting me to understand where is there, where I want to go.
And together with the knowledge, it comes the enjoyment of the journey. Recommended to whom is concerned about not accomplishing anything, and to her discouraged friends and relatives.

The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carroll

My first book about minimalistic journaling.
Not all the journal entries are born equal, and in this book Ryder describes the method that he developed to keep up with life. Indeed, the bullet of the title does not refer to the pattern on the page, but on the way one takes notes.
More tips and templates from the author and the community can be found in his blog