The Simple Dollar’s Personal Productivity and Personal Development Book Review Series

Today, I initiated a weekly series of personal productivity / personal development book reviews here on The Simple Dollar. The reasons for doing this are many:

One, readers have requested it. In the past, there has been pretty strong positive demand that I review some personal productivity and personal development books and philosophies. This drumbeat has gotten louder and louder and louder over the last few weeks to the point that I was getting several emails a day asking for personal development and productivity book and philosophy recommendations.

Two, while it’s not strictly a personal finance topic, it overlaps heavily. Personal productivity and personal development can increase your earning potential and also improve your way of life.

Three, it lets me practice writing about personal finance and personal development. Again, in the recent past my readers suggested trying a “spin off” blog on this topic, but to be honest I’m not sure if I can write about such things with the same quality and passion as personal finance. This book review series gives me the opportunity to find out for myself – and if it goes well, it should also whet your appetite for a spinoff blog.

So, what can we expect? These reviews are going to heavily focus on extracting specific points (reiterated in my own words) that you can utilize in your own life, as well as giving a flavor of the additional material in the book. Most of the books in this series will be positive reviews because, unlike the personal finance books, personal productivity books almost always have some value that can be extracted and applied to your life.

Also, for the readers who are worried that this will take away from the regular postings here, they won’t. These will each be an “extra” posting on Sunday in addition to the usual two posts.

I have a pretty big queue of these books built up to review, but if you have any ones you’d like for me to read and review, please mention them in the comments. I will try to get to them in the future.

Also, I will be keeping a list of all of the reviews in this post for future reference:

The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz
The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Ready For Anything by David Allen
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk
Time Management From The Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back by James Waldroop and Timothy Butler
Go Put Your Strengths To Work by Marcus Buckingham
Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
First Things First by Stephen Covey
The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Founder of The Simple Dollar

Trent Hamm founded The Simple Dollar in 2006 after developing innovative financial strategies to get out of debt. Since then, he’s written three books (published by Simon & Schuster and Financial Times Press), contributed to Business Insider, US News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, and Lifehacker, and been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, and elsewhere.

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