Starting Fresh: Five New Books To Kick-Start 2018

Turn over a NEW LEAF this year with BOOKS TO HELP your personal, work and home life …


You want to change job …

Read: When To Jump, If the Job You Have Isn’t The Life You Want by Mike Lewis (Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99stg)


Lewis’ credentials are impressive; Goldman Sachs named him one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2017, and his When to Jump digital platform features ideas, stories and people who have left established career paths to pursue different ones. With a foreword by Sheryl Sandberg, and an endorsement by Arianna Huffington, this may be the push you need for a new career direction.

You want a work-life balance …

Read: Slow at Work by Aoife McElwain (Gill Books, €14.99)


If you feel trapped in the cult of busyness and the always-on culture, McElwain addresses issues such as burnout, anxiety and Sunday-night fears. McElwain admits, “I have started to think of recovery time (real breaks during the day and proper rests on the weekend) as part of my job. I prioritise my swims in the sea and my time spent with friends and family as much as I do my email inbox and project plans, which is bringing me closer to a work-life balance that I’m happy with.”

You want to change bad habits …

Read: Stick With It, The Science of Lasting Behaviour by Dr Sean Young (Penguin, £9.99)


Psychologist and executive director at UCLA Center for Digital Behaviour, Young’s method is to stop trying to change the person and instead change the process. To help he has created seven key aspects which is the SCIENCE he follows: S stepladders, C community, I importance, E easy, N neurohacks, C captivating, E engrained.

You want to declutter …

Read: Organised by Sarah Reynolds (Gill Books, €14.99)


“Organisation is not going to take all your problems away,” says Reynolds, who is the only trained professional organiser in Ireland. “What it will do is give you some breathing space and a little order in a world where you feel there is none, which can be very grounding.”

You want to stop the internal monologues …

Read: The Gift of Silence by Kankyo Tannier (Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99stg)


Rooted in zen philosophies, the French Buddhist nun Kankyo Tannier, who teaches meditation workshops and has given a TEDX talk, offers practical tips to regain control of your thoughts and channel silence. She lived for 15 years in a monastery in Alsace before moving to a house in the middle of a forest, surrounded by trees and animals.

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