Welcome to What We’re Reading. Each month, we’ll curate a list of books―from perennial classics to new releases―chat with authors, and review titles with the hope of co-creating a community of well-read makers. Discussions around work, creativity, and entrepreneurship are constantly evolving; here, we aim to create a space for different ideas and approaches to be in conversation with one another. Whether you’re already an avid reader or wish you read more, we hope you’ll feel inspired to read along with us.
This month, we’re reading two books that focus on building a strong foundation and sustainable habits for reaching the goals we have set for ourselves. We’re also flipping through two other books that focus on a different, but equally important, aspect of life: how to recharge and take care of ourselves so that, once we’ve done what we need to, we’re able to savor our lives outside of work.
There’s a perceptible energy shift that happens each year as the summer months wind down: As the days become shorter and the heat starts to dissipate, it often feels like it’s time to get back to “real” life. Whether you view this as a welcome change or are mourning the loss of long, carefree days, there are ways to harness the shift, and treat it as a catalyst that gets you where you want to go over the next few months.
Perhaps it’s a remnant from school days past, but autumn tends to bring with it a desire for organization, learning, and productivity. After a fluid, high-energy summer, many of us find ourselves feeling the need to land and get back into a routine. But the colder weather and darker days can also sometimes feel challenging, particularly when it comes to staying energized. Some days, curling up with a good book and a cup of hot tea sounds more appealing than ticking off items on a to-do list.
This month, we’re embracing the tension between these two opposing forces: The desire to get things done and the inherent right each of us has to rest and recharge. We’re reading four books that offer different perspectives on how to be productive and build strong habits that allow us to excel in our work and lives. But we’re also honing in on what it means to be full participants in our lives outside of work, whether that means embracing the Danish art of hygge or expanding our understandings of pleasure. After all, it’s by striking the right delicate balance between work and rest that we’re able to build full and rewarding lives.