So, I have been majorly MIA lately because, as well as being really busy with work and university, I have also had a lot to think about and consider – mostly because of these two books that I wanted to jump online and talk to you about today.
Smarter Next Year by David Bardsley
This first book took me by surprise. A quick and interesting 100-page read Bardsley is a successful and intelligent guy with a lot of knowledge to share having overcome obstacles and difficulties in his past. I kind of summarised this book in my head as ‘neuroscience for everybody’ but it’s so much more than that. This book explored simple, practical ways of increasing your cognitive ability and decreasing MCI (mild cognitive impairment).
Spoiler: a large part of this was physical exercise and if you’re anything like me, right now you’re running for the hills, but it actually put forward the most convincing argument for taking up exercise I’ve heard to date. Personally, I don’t care about being slim or fit – it would be ideal, but it’s just not where my priorities are at, what I do value and prioritise is my intellectual ability and seeing the science of how this can actually help that got me to stop and think in a big way. MCI is also an early indicator of dementia and Alzheimer’s which are my Nanna’s all-time worst fears, so learning ways of perhaps, preventing or improving the chances of avoiding that was some great information to share with her. This book also addressed things like sleep, mental health and stress.
The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
Stress kind of leads me nicely to the second book, The Bullet Journal Method. A lot of my stress comes from organisation – or lack thereof. I feel like I am generally an organised person – or at least I did, until I read Carroll’s book and I realised a dozen post-its, 3 list apps, 2 online calendars, a few Excel spreadsheets and countless notebooks, is not particularly organised. Before starting this book I had no idea that it was written by the creator of the Bullet Journal (it was a review copy so, no front cover on the digital edition) – or that Bullet Journals even had a single creator. I had heard of Bullet Journalling but the Instagram-worthy, watercolourful pieces of art just seemed to spell more hard work as opposed to organised mind and basically intimidated me out of wanting to learn more.
Learning the methodology and reason behind the Bullet Journal actually really sold me on giving it a very minimalist go (I used to be artsy, but that’s not me nowadays). It also gave me a fresh perspective on the things I give my time to and my goals and aspirations in life. Carroll dresses it up in an awful lot of proverbs, anecdotes and metaphors in the book but his system is sound and I think it’s really going to work for me.
I recommend both of these books and they are well-worth buying hardcopies to annotate and highlight the hell out of. I hope they can bring you the clarity they’ve been able to bring me.
Until next time!