One of the core concepts in Atomic Habits is the need to focus on small improvements. The impact a 1% improvement per day can make may appear negligible at first, but Clear makes a compelling argument that in the case of habits, thinking small produces the biggest results over time. “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement,” explains Clear.
Who Moved My Cheese is all about dealing with change emotionally and methodically, and realizing when things are about to change. Change is everywhere and change is constantly happening. We can either wait for circumstances to bring our comfort zone back to us or we can be proactive and seek to behave in a manner that keeps our comfort zone with us at all times.
In The Way of Integrity, Beck argues that personal integrity is the ultimate cure for psychological suffering. She details the quest to help find our way to peace, joy, love, and connection, and to realize that we have an inner compass that can lead us forward. The goal is to help you to get back in touch with your truth and asks you to question how your choices and life might be less about what matters to you, and more about what matters to your family, friends, or society as a whole.
Deep Work probably isn’t for everyone. However, it makes excellent points about how routine administration, productivity checks and social discourse, especially using social media, are vapid vampires-suckers of our time and attention like nothing else. One important facet of this is it shows very persuasively how deep work is almost the opposite of long work, or overwork – working better decreases working time overall, with much better results.