The best 62 Mindful Work books

Mindful work is crucial in our modern, fast-paced lives, fostering productivity, well-being, and personal growth. Our Mindful Work book list provides valuable insights and practical tools for mastering mindfulness in the workplace.

Dive into our collection to discover strategies for reducing stress, improving focus, and enhancing overall work satisfaction. Ready to cultivate a mindful work approach and unlock your full potential? Start exploring these transformative titles today!

The best 62 Mindful Work books
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Mindful Work Books: Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The Psychology of Optimal Experience
4.4 (985 ratings)
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What's Flow about?

Flow (1990) explores how we can experience enjoyment in our lives by controlling our attention and strengthening our resolve. This is achieved by being immersed in an activity or subject that makes us neither anxious (if it’s too hard), nor bored (if it’s too easy). In this “flow state” we lose our self-consciousness, selfishness and sense of time. Using goal-setting and immediate feedback, we can achieve a state of flow that improves our relationship with work, increases our self-worth and gives our lives meaning.

Who should read Flow?

  • Anyone who wants to be more engaged with their relationships, their work or the world
  • Anyone aiming to rise out of mediocrity and gain mastery over something
  • Anyone who wants to know how their health can be improved by ancient wisdom and diverse cultures

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Mindful Work Books: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Essentialism

Greg McKeown
4.5 (1,064 ratings)
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What's Essentialism about?

Essentialism (2014) teaches you how to do better by doing less. By offering practical solutions for how to get your priorities straight, Essentialism helps you to eliminate all of the junk in your routine that’s keeping you from being truly productive and fulfilled.

Who should read Essentialism?

  • Anyone who thinks that they are far too busy without being productive
  • Anyone who feels like there is never enough time
  • Anyone having a hard time identifying his or her priorities in life

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Mindful Work Books: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work

Cal Newport
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
4.3 (2,299 ratings)
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What's Deep Work about?

Deep Work (2016) is all about how the rise of technology has wrecked our ability to concentrate deeply on tasks – and how to overcome this blockade. These blinks illustrate different strategies that can help you improve the output of your work and get the most out of your free time.

Who should read Deep Work?

  • Anyone trying to concentrate on cognitively demanding tasks
  • People whose days are consumed by email, social media and technology
  • Workers interested in learning tools to enhance their productivity

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Mindful Work Books: 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

18 Minutes

Peter Bregman
Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
3.7 (350 ratings)
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What's 18 Minutes about?

18 Minutes (2011) is a helpful guide to getting things done by focusing on meaningful work, reaching goals and preventing distractions. These blinks will show how to identify the kind of work that is right for you and how to stay on track and hit your targets.

Who should read 18 Minutes?

  • People who want to get things done
  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed with work
  • Anyone searching for happiness and meaning in their lives

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Mindful Work Books: No Hard Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

No Hard Feelings

Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work
4.3 (153 ratings)
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What's No Hard Feelings about?

No Hard Feelings (2018) is a guide to understanding, expressing and managing your emotions in the context of your working life. All too often, we buy into the idea that emotions don’t belong in the workplace. But the reality is that your work life is full of emotion. From feeling frustrated with irritating colleagues to the misery of being unmotivated, these blinks are a practical guide to help you navigate how you feel about work.

Who should read No Hard Feelings?

  • People who’d like a little guidance on managing emotions in the workplace
  • Employees who are frustrated, angry, stressed or nervous at work
  • Leaders who’d like to build a safe and productive working environment for their teams

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Mindful Work Books: Do Breathe by Michael Townsend Williams

Do Breathe

Michael Townsend Williams
Calm Your Mind. Find Focus. Get Stuff Done.
4.5 (680 ratings)
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What's Do Breathe about?

Do/Breathe (2015) is a calming antidote to the stressors of contemporary life, offering a simple guide to cultivating balance, honing focus, and learning to be present. Do/Breathe takes you right back to life’s basics – like breathing, eating, and sleeping – to show how adjusting fundamental practices, habits, and mindsets can produce positive, lasting change in your life. 

Who should read Do Breathe?

  • Busy professionals who never seem to reach the end of their to-do lists
  • Dreamers whose fear holds them back from chasing their goals
  • Multitaskers who want to juggle their roles and responsibilities without losing equilibrium

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Mindful Work Books: The Refusal of Work by David Frayne

The Refusal of Work

David Frayne
The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work
4.5 (74 ratings)
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What's The Refusal of Work about?

The Refusal of Work (2015) is a critical look at the way our society is structured around work. Given the fact that 40 hours of work per week makes many of us exhausted, irritable, and actually ill, it doesn’t seem right that it’s the only way we can access necessities like income, social acceptance, and a sense of belonging. Author David Frayne engages with the theory and practice of resisting the way we are expected to work, invoking critical thinkers and interviews with people who have reduced their hours, or given up working altogether.

Who should read The Refusal of Work?

  • People who spend their days at work fantasizing about starting a business or changing careers 
  • Those who miss the freedom they had at university to organize their own time 
  • Workers for whom the Sunday Scaries are starting to feel like a terminal illness

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Mindful Work Books: Making Work Human by Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine

Making Work Human

Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine
How Human-Centered Companies are Changing the Future of Work and the World
4.4 (54 ratings)
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What's Making Work Human about?

Making Work Human (2020) is a roadmap for building the workplace of the future based on positive human values such as community, connection, and belonging. Drawing on a vast amount of data and using deep analytics, the pioneers of social recognition company Workhuman explain how a work culture of gratitude makes people happier and healthier while boosting productivity and performance.

Who should read Making Work Human?

  • HR professionals interested in new management approaches
  • Business owners looking to boost productivity and innovation in their companies
  • Those curious about the future of work

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Mindful Work Books: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 by Richard N. Bolles with Katharine Brooks

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021

Richard N. Bolles with Katharine Brooks
Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success
4.3 (129 ratings)
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What's What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 about?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 (2021) is a fresh edition of a book that’s widely regarded as the job-hunter’s bible. It’s packed with classic exercises and time-tested strategies that empower prospective employees to find, and secure, the role they want. This new edition contains essential updates that speak to the contemporary job market.

Who should read What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021?

  • Job-seekers wondering if they’ll ever land a coveted role
  • Fed-up employees who are ready to take on a new career challenge
  • Prospective entrepreneurs who need a kick start

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Mindful Work Books: Noise by Joseph McCormack

Noise

Joseph McCormack
Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus
4.4 (125 ratings)
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What's Noise about?

Noise (2019) is an antidote to our distracted times. In an age of shrinking attention spans and divided focus, it shows us how to reclaim our natural powers of concentration.

Who should read Noise?

  • Tech addicts trying to break their bad habits
  • Procrastinators who need to rediscover their ability to focus
  • Leaders interested in distraction-proof communication

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Mindful Work Books: Kaizen by Sarah Harvey

Kaizen

Sarah Harvey
The Japanese Method for Transforming Habits, One Small Step at a Time
4.6 (704 ratings)
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What's Kaizen about?

Kaizen (2019) is a guide to the improvement philosophy known as kaizen, which encourages taking small steps to complete ambitious goals. Already well established in the world of business and sports, this method can also be applied to personal development. Using practical examples, this guide explains how to take a kaizen approach to setting goals that’ll improve health, relationships, money, and work.

Who should read Kaizen?

  • Anyone trying to overcome a habit or take up a new challenge
  • Anybody wishing to improve an aspect of their life
  • Anyone interested in Japanese culture and philosophies

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Mindful Work Books: Goals! by Brian Tracy

Goals!

Brian Tracy
How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible
4.7 (690 ratings)
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What's Goals! about?

Goals! (2003) explores the power of goal-setting. It outlines tips and techniques for achieving your most important aims in life and examines the link between goal-setting and success.

Who should read Goals!?

  • Anyone wanting to achieve more in life
  • Entrepreneurs looking for inspiration
  • Procrastinators hoping to get more done

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Mindful Work Books: You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake!  by Olivier Sibony

You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake!

Olivier Sibony
How Biases Distort Decision-Making – and What You Can Do To Fight Them
4.2 (114 ratings)
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What's You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake! about?

You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake! (2020) deals with the negative but often predictable effects that cognitive biases have on high-stakes decisions. Far from claiming that biases can be eliminated altogether, it demonstrates how every decision is colored by bias and outlines specific techniques that’ll help you make more rational, fact-based business decisions.

Who should read You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake! ?

  • Businesspeople who have to make frequent decisions
  • Anyone interested in business strategy and behavioral economics
  • Fans of Daniel Kahneman or Malcolm Gladwell

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Mindful Work Books: Win at Work and Succeed at Life by Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller

Win at Work and Succeed at Life

Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller
5 Principles to Free Yourself from the Cult of Overwork
4.4 (164 ratings)
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What's Win at Work and Succeed at Life about?

Win at Work and Succeed at Life (2021) explores the pitfalls of our long-hours work culture. It outlines how professionals can reclaim their personal lives and achieve a better work-life balance.

Who should read Win at Work and Succeed at Life?

  • Anyone struggling with burnout
  • Stressed-out professionals seeking balance
  • People managers wanting to boost employee engagement

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Mindful Work Books: All Work No Play by Dale Sidebottom

All Work No Play

Dale Sidebottom
A Surprising Guide to Feeling More Mindful, Grateful and Cheerful
4.4 (394 ratings)
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What's All Work No Play about?

All Work No Play (2021) teaches tricks and tips for getting more happiness and joy from everyday life. This fun and practical handbook draws on play-based mindfulness strategies designed to help you improve relationships, boost mental well-being, and reconnect with your inner child. 

Who should read All Work No Play?

  • People who want more joy from daily life
  • Anyone looking for new mindfulness strategies
  • Tired workers striving for balance

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Mindful Work Books: Employee to Entrepreneur by Steve Glaveski

Employee to Entrepreneur

Steve Glaveski
How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work that Matters
4.5 (360 ratings)
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What's Employee to Entrepreneur about?

Employee to Entrepreneur (2018) demonstrates how to transition from the mentality of an employee to that of an entrepreneur. It shows how you can pursue purpose in your work while avoiding the pitfalls that most first-time entrepreneurs encounter. With practical strategies for launching and testing your ideas, this exploration of the entrepreneurial mindset proves that anyone can find fulfillment in work and in life when equipped with the right tools and attitude.

Who should read Employee to Entrepreneur?

  • Unsatisfied employees who want to quit their day job and start a business
  • New entrepreneurs seeking practical advice on how to launch a startup
  • Anyone who wishes to find more fulfillment in their work

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Mindful Work Books: A World Without Email by Cal Newport

A World Without Email

Cal Newport
Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload
4.4 (294 ratings)
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What's A World Without Email about?

A World Without Email (2021) presents a bold reimagining of the workplace, one in which the days of email and instant messaging are a thing of the past. It argues that while email may seem like an integral part of modern knowledge work, it’s actually making everyone less productive and less focused, not to mention miserable. The solution will require a major paradigm shift –⁠ but it will be well worth the effort.

Who should read A World Without Email?

  • Business leaders who want to root out inefficiencies in their organizations
  • Employees frustrated with the workplace culture of constant communication
  • Freelancers and entrepreneurs looking to improve their workflow

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Mindful Work Books: Real Change by Sharon Salzberg

Real Change

Sharon Salzberg
Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World
3.9 (243 ratings)
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What's Real Change about?

Real Change (2020) is a guide to building a better world through cultivating inner strength. This manual teaches how meditation and mindfulness are key to navigating the stresses and pressures of modern life.

Who should read Real Change?

  • Do-gooders burnt out from the struggle
  • Stressed caregivers looking for a break
  • Anyone interested in the benefits of meditation

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Mindful Work Books: How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace by Robert Glazer with Mick Sloan

How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace

Robert Glazer with Mick Sloan
Simple and Effective Tips for Successful, Productive and Empowered Remote Work
4.2 (143 ratings)
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What's How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace about?

How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace (2021) is a guide to working remotely. With tips for both organizations and individuals, it covers everything from the benefits of remote work to steps for implementing it successfully, and the tools and tricks that make it easy.

Who should read How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace?

  • Organizational leaders interested in going remote
  • Employees who want a fulfilling remote experience
  • People who are curious about the future of work

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Mindful Work Books: The Long-Distance Teammate by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel

The Long-Distance Teammate

Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel
Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere
4.3 (129 ratings)
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What's The Long-Distance Teammate about?

The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere (2021) is a guide to being a quality teammate while working remotely. It helps you navigate all the interpersonal issues that pop up when you’re no longer sharing an office with your coworkers, and gives advice on how to build connections with people you haven’t seen.

Who should read The Long-Distance Teammate?

  • Anyone working remotely
  • Workers unsure where they fit in
  • People seeking a better work-life balance

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Mindful Work Books: Bring Your Human to Work by Erica Keswin

Bring Your Human to Work

Erica Keswin
10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World
4.2 (81 ratings)
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What's Bring Your Human to Work about?

Bring Your Human to Work (2018) explores how organizations can put human connection at the center of their business. It outlines the benefits, both financial and social, of encouraging better communication and deeper relationships between coworkers. 

Who should read Bring Your Human to Work?

  • Anyone seeking a greater connection with their coworkers
  • Business leaders looking for fresh insights
  • Managers wanting to inspire their direct reports

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Mindful Work Books: The Work-Life Balance Myth by David J. McNeff

The Work-Life Balance Myth

David J. McNeff
Rethinking Your Optimal Balance for Success
4.5 (502 ratings)
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What's The Work-Life Balance Myth about?

The Work-Life Balance Myth (2021) is a guide to managing stress and creating harmony across the key areas in your life using the Seven-Slice Method. Rather than divide your waking hours between work and life, the Seven-Slice Method recontextualizes life into seven key areas and demonstrates how spending time in each of them every day can help you overcome pressure and find peace.

Who should read The Work-Life Balance Myth?

  • Professionals seeking ways to manage stress
  • Parents struggling to juggle family and work life
  • Those who want more harmony in their lives

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Mindful Work Books: The Purpose Myth by Charlotte Cramer

The Purpose Myth

Charlotte Cramer
Change the World, Not Your Job
4.3 (235 ratings)
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What's The Purpose Myth about?

The Purpose Myth (2020) dispels the idea that what you do to earn a living should also be your life’s driving purpose. Although many job offers are posted as fulfilling opportunities, the reality of office life remains banal. This book offers clear guidance on how to find the joy and satisfaction that’s too often lacking at work. 

Who should read The Purpose Myth?

  • People looking to put some purpose back into their lives
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs on the hunt for inspiration
  • Anyone who finds their day job unfulfilling

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Mindful Work Books: Urgent! by Dermot Crowley

Urgent!

Dermot Crowley
Strategies to Control Urgency, Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity
4.3 (228 ratings)
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What's Urgent! about?

Urgent! (2021) is your guide to getting the right things done at the right time. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to fall into the urgency trap – and keeping up with the constant demands often feels impossible. But by learning to consciously replace reactive behaviors with proactive ones, you can reduce stress and do deeper, more effective work.

Who should read Urgent!?

  • Savvy leaders who want to increase team productivity
  • Frazzled workers craving less stress – and less time at the desk
  • Optimizers seeking efficiency hacks for a better work-life balance

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Mindful Work Books: How to Fix Meetings by Graham Allcott and Hayley Watts

How to Fix Meetings

Graham Allcott and Hayley Watts
Meet Less, Focus on Outcomes and Get Stuff Done
4.4 (214 ratings)
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What's How to Fix Meetings about?

How to Fix Meetings (2021) is a guide for turning long and ineffective meetings into well-designed sessions that encourage collaboration and produce results. From defining a meeting’s purpose to helping people get started on their tasks, How to Fix Meetings outlines the best ways to get the most out of any meeting.

Who should read How to Fix Meetings?

  • Leaders who want to change their organizations’ meeting culture 
  • Facilitators who want to run better meetings
  • Anyone fed up with ineffective meetings

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Mindful Work Books: Effortless by Greg McKeown

Effortless

Greg McKeown
Make It Easy to Get the Right Things Done
4.3 (483 ratings)
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What's Effortless about?

Effortless (2021) challenges the idea that achieving anything worthwhile means overexerting ourselves. This easy-to-follow guide breaks down how to make tasks and projects feel easy, actions we can take to maximize our efforts, and techniques for increasing outputs while keeping our inputs low.

Who should read Effortless?

  • Workaholics looking for a better way
  • Leaders who want their teams to work smarter
  • Students under pressure to overachieve

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Mindful Work Books: The Burnout Fix by Jacinta M. Jiménez

The Burnout Fix

Jacinta M. Jiménez
Overcome Overwhelm, Beat Busy, and Sustain Success in the New World of Work
4.4 (275 ratings)
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What's The Burnout Fix about?

The Burnout Fix (2021) is a practical guide to thriving in the modern workplace. Today’s world of work is characterized by uncertainty, change, and a blurring of lines between home and the office. That’s why it’s essential that employees learn to set healthy boundaries, develop core skills, and make choices that prioritize their well-being. 

Who should read The Burnout Fix?

  • Innovative leaders who want to create thriving workplaces
  • Exhausted executives looking to regain passion and pleasure in their work
  • Psychology buffs striving to understand the causes of burnout

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Mindful Work Books: Permission to Glow by Kristoffer Carter

Permission to Glow

Kristoffer Carter
A Spiritual Guide to Epic Leadership
4.3 (261 ratings)
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What's Permission to Glow about?

Permission to Glow (2021) provides managers with a roadmap to lead with intention and purpose so that everyone can reach their full potential. By embracing its four permissions, it shows how leaders can maximize outcomes and personal successes by first tapping into their own power and then guiding others to do the same.

Who should read Permission to Glow?

  • Leaders looking for meaning and fulfillment
  • Managers wanting to champion the potential of others
  • Seekers of inner peace

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Mindful Work Books: Meditation by Osho

Meditation

Osho
The First and Last Freedom
4.3 (271 ratings)
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What's Meditation about?

Meditation (1988) provides a valuable overview of Osho meditations – an approach to meditation that emphasizes awareness and uses movement as a way of preparing the mind and body. It provides the basic principles behind Osho meditation, as well as a few foundational techniques to get you started.

Who should read Meditation?

  • Anyone interested in meditation
  • Fans of the Wild Wild Country Netflix series
  • People looking to become more aware and more relaxed

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Mindful Work Books: Wellbeing at Work by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter

Wellbeing at Work

Jim Clifton and Jim Harter
How to Build Resilient and Thriving Teams
4.3 (236 ratings)
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What's Wellbeing at Work about?

Wellbeing at Work (2021) explores how the different spheres of our lives contribute to our overall sense of well-being. It also outlines how leaders can positively impact their employees’ well-being, and sheds light on the link between employee well-being and organizational success. 

Who should read Wellbeing at Work?

  • Stressed-out workers
  • Managers learning how to lead in a pandemic
  • Wellness enthusiasts looking for inspiration

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Mindful Work Books: A Minute to Think by Juliet Funt

A Minute to Think

Juliet Funt
Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work
4.4 (771 ratings)
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What's A Minute to Think about?

A Minute to Think (2021) explores how busyness is harming our productivity – and why it's so important to take regular pauses. It reveals the mental and economic costs associated with our hectic modern working environments and explains how we can reclaim our time. 

Who should read A Minute to Think?

  • Busy professionals hoping to claw back some me-time
  • Leaders seeking to build a more creative working environment
  • Managers wanting to improve their team’s well-being

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Mindful Work Books: Shapers by Jonas Altman

Shapers

Jonas Altman
Reinvent the Way You Work and Change the Future
4.6 (42 ratings)
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What's Shapers about?

Shapers (2020) chronicles how technological and organizational shifts have transformed our workplaces. Most importantly, it outlines the key competencies that modern organizations and workers should develop to thrive in a world of uncertainty and disruption.

Who should read Shapers?

  • Entrepreneurs looking for advice on creating sustainable, innovative companies
  • Employees who are fed up with their dead-end jobs
  • Managers who want to learn how to lead

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Mindful Work Books: How to Be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

Graham Allcott
Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do
4.4 (649 ratings)
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What's How to Be a Productivity Ninja about?

How to Be a Productivity Ninja (2014) transforms old-school time-management techniques and productivity advice into a twenty-first century handbook on how to work smarter – not harder. Adapted to the realities of contemporary work and life, it’s filled with practical guidance and exercises for boosting productivity.

Who should read How to Be a Productivity Ninja?

  • Chronic procrastinators who’d like to get more done
  • Habitual multitaskers who can’t seem to follow through
  • Anyone who’s scared of their overflowing inbox or novel-length to-do list

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Mindful Work Books: Positively Energizing Leadership by Kim Cameron

Positively Energizing Leadership

Kim Cameron
Virtuous Actions and Relationships That Create High Performance
4.6 (363 ratings)
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What's Positively Energizing Leadership about?

Positively Energizing Leadership (2022) offers organization leaders and workers a practical guide to understanding and harnessing the power of positively energizing characteristics and interpersonal approaches. With empirical data and how-to advice, it aims to boost innovation, profits, and compassion in the workplace and at home. 

Who should read Positively Energizing Leadership?

  • Anyone working as part of a team 
  • Managers who want to increase interpersonal richness in their organization 
  • Leaders looking for strategies to deal with a “black hole” of a worker 

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Mindful Work Books: Conversations Worth Having by Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres

Conversations Worth Having

Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres
Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement
4.7 (581 ratings)
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What's Conversations Worth Having about?

Conversations Worth Having (2018) looks at the power of conversation in our lives and what we can do to communicate more productively at work, in our relationships, and in the community. Drawing on real-life stories and scientifically based theories, it illustrates how we can improve organizations and lives using the principle of Appreciative Inquiry – effective conversation through positive perspective and asking the right questions.

Who should read Conversations Worth Having?

  • Leaders who want to engage with their teams for the best results
  • Parents and teachers who want to see their children flourish
  • Anyone looking to improve the tone and direction of their conversations

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Mindful Work Books: Stolen Focus by Johann Hari

Stolen Focus

Johann Hari
Why You Can't Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again
4.5 (1,907 ratings)
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What's Stolen Focus about?

Stolen Focus (2022) begins with author Johann Hari experiencing a common problem: his attention span is diminishing. He can’t seem to focus on much outside of Twitter and online news. Over three years, Hari tries to identify the root causes of this problem. He uncovers a collective attention crisis that’s affecting the entire globe. From social media to the culture of productivity, Hari identifies the culprits behind our stolen focus – and wonders if, and how, we can claim it back.

Who should read Stolen Focus?

  • Anyone who feels like they just can’t concentrate the way they used to
  • Multitaskers with brimming to-do lists who still feel like they don’t get much done
  • Anyone scrolling through social media while they’re reading this!

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Mindful Work Books: The Procrastination Cure by Jeffery Combs

The Procrastination Cure

Jeffery Combs
7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off
4.5 (686 ratings)
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What's The Procrastination Cure about?

The Procrastination Cure is a practical and motivational guide to overcoming procrastination. It offers strategies and personal insights to diagnose and address the root causes of this behavior, enabling readers to balance productivity and relaxation without guilt.

Who should read The Procrastination Cure?

  • Anyone who struggles with procrastination
  • People suffering from perfectionism or resistance
  • Anyone willing to introspect and develop self-awareness

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Mindful Work Books: The Song of Significance by Seth Godin

The Song of Significance

Seth Godin
A New Manifesto for Teams
4.6 (261 ratings)
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What's The Song of Significance about?

The Song of Significance (2023) is business thinker and creativity expert Seth Godin’s manifesto for leveraging teamwork and collaboration to build radically meaningful workplaces. Traditional models of work are under threat from encroaching AI technologies – why not dismantle them altogether, Godin asks, and build something better in their place? 

Who should read The Song of Significance?

  • Employees feeling disillusioned by the 9-to-5 grind
  • Bosses who want to inspire their teams but don’t know how
  • Thoseready to carve out space for significance in their professional lives

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Mindful Work Books: The Search by Bruce Feiler

The Search

Bruce Feiler
Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World
3.9 (356 ratings)
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What's The Search about?

The Search (2023) provides a roadmap to finding meaningful work. It asks insightful questions and provides many real-life examples of people who, freed from outdated work scripts, have transformed their lives and written their own stories of work and success.

Who should read The Search?

  • Professionals who are looking for a “career” change
  • Individuals going through a transitional phase and seeking direction
  • Those looking for a way to achieve a better work-life balance

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Mindful Work Books: The Good Enough Job by Simone Stolzoff

The Good Enough Job

Simone Stolzoff
Reclaiming Life from Work
4.1 (254 ratings)
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What's The Good Enough Job about?

The Good Enough Job (2023) is a radical guide to reclaiming your life beyond the corporate walls. Through a series of anecdotes and actionable advice, you’ll learn to break free from burnout and find true work-life balance. 

Who should read The Good Enough Job?

  • Recovering workaholics
  • People healing from burnout spells
  • Anyone fighting against pointless corporate restraints

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Mindful Work Books: Happy Mind, Happy Life by Rangan Chatterjee

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Rangan Chatterjee
The New Science of Mental Well-Being
4.5 (310 ratings)
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What's Happy Mind, Happy Life about?

Happy Mind, Happy Life (2022) busts the age-old myth that happiness is a by-product of wealth or success. Instead, it’s something to cultivate and nurture independent of life’s circumstances.

Who should read Happy Mind, Happy Life?

  • Frustrated achievers wondering why their hard work isn’t making them happier
  • Those seeking insight into the mind-body health connection
  • Anyone wanting to live with more joy and mindfulness

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Mindful Work Books: Mindful Self-Discipline by Giovanni Dienstmann

Mindful Self-Discipline

Giovanni Dienstmann
Living with Purpose and Achieving Your Goals in a World of Distractions
4.5 (608 ratings)
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What's Mindful Self-Discipline about?

Mindful Self-Discipline (2022) presents a new perspective on self-discipline as a tool for personal empowerment, rather than a set of rigid constraints. It guides us through a transformational journey of harnessing self-discipline, underlining the significance of integrating self-discipline into daily routines to control base instincts, chase higher goals, and design a life that mirrors one’s deepest values and dreams.

Who should read Mindful Self-Discipline?

  • Mindfulness practitioners who want to enhance discipline
  • Those interested in practical self-improvement strategies
  • Individuals seeking personal growth and improved self-control

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Mindful Work Books: The Power of a Graceful Leader by Alexsys Thompson

The Power of a Graceful Leader

Alexsys Thompson
Flow. Integration. Alignment.
4.2 (11 ratings)
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What's The Power of a Graceful Leader about?

The Power of a Graceful Leader (2021) offers an immersive journey into a radical reimagination of your leadership approach. Focusing on aligning your core values with your actions, it provides insightful steps for self-evaluation and reflection, demonstrating how to handle any situation with grace. As you traverse this transformative path, you'll discover the secret ingredient for sustained happiness, fulfilling work, and a profound impact on the world.

Who should read The Power of a Graceful Leader?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking authentic leadership styles
  • Professionals struggling with work-life harmony
  • Individuals interested in personal growth and self-awareness

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Mindful Work Books: The Purpose Effect by Dan Pontefract

The Purpose Effect

Dan Pontefract
Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role, and Your Organization
4.2 (181 ratings)
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What's The Purpose Effect about?

The Purpose Effect (2016) combines motivational psychology, organizational culture, and the pursuit of meaning to explore how shared purpose can change the world. What happens when company and employee goals align? How can we foster a culture where we pursue work that really has an impact? This deep-dive is your guide to finding the sweet spot of shared purpose.

Who should read The Purpose Effect?

  • Leaders wanting to build meaningful businesses
  • Employees seeking purpose in their career
  • Managers and coaches looking to optimize performance

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Mindful Work Books: The Stress Prescription by Elissa Epel

The Stress Prescription

Elissa Epel
7 Days to More Joy and Ease
4.6 (94 ratings)
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What's The Stress Prescription about?

The Stress Prescription (2022) offers a practical seven-day guide to reducing anxiety and cultivating joy. Combining scientific research with accessible advice, it leads readers through techniques like mindfulness, gratitude, and harnessing hormetic stress to build resilience and embrace ease. With a different empowering theme each day, it provides a roadmap to a calmer, more purposeful life.

Who should read The Stress Prescription?

  • Working professionals 
  • People going through a stressful period
  • Anyone looking to build resilience to stress

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Mindful Work Books: Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi

Awakening Your Ikigai

Ken Mogi
How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day
4.5 (1,024 ratings)
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What's Awakening Your Ikigai about?

Awakening Your Ikigai (2018) introduces the Japanese concept of ikigai or “life’s purpose,” and explains how uncovering and nurturing ikigai can catalyze a life filled with purpose and meaning.

Who should read Awakening Your Ikigai?

  • Serial snooze-button users who want to wake up feeling inspired
  • Workers who feel they’re just going through the motions
  • Anyone interested in uncovering their higher calling

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Mindful Work Books: Humanocracy by Gary Hamel & Michele Zanini

Humanocracy

Gary Hamel & Michele Zanini
Creating Organizations As Amazing As the People Inside Them
3.3 (42 ratings)
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What's Humanocracy about?

Humanocracy (2020) explores the constraints of traditional bureaucratic organizational structures and proposes a shift toward more human-centric models. Based on the idea that bureaucracies stifle innovation and alienate employees, it argues for a system that unleashes human potential and creativity. Through real-world examples and strategies, it guides organizations in restructuring to foster empowerment, adaptability, and resilience.

Who should read Humanocracy?

  • Leaders looking to transform organizational cultures and structures for increased innovation and adaptability
  • HR professionals wanting to integrate employee-centric policies and practices for enhanced workplace satisfaction and productivity
  • Business students seeking to understand new organizational models and management strategies

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Mindful Work Books: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow & Marty Linsky

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership

Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow & Marty Linsky
Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World
3.2 (214 ratings)
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What's The Practice of Adaptive Leadership about?

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (2009) demonstrates how leaders can mobilize people to tackle tough challenges and thrive in the face of harsh realities that demand new skills and responses. It provides a practical framework for diagnosing situations, distinguishing between technical problems and adaptive challenges, and avoiding common leadership pitfalls that come with over-dependence on authority.

Who should read The Practice of Adaptive Leadership?

  • Developing Leaders
  • Managers interested in mobilizing people 
  • People facing new challenges

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Mindful Work Books: The Mind of the Leader by Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter

The Mind of the Leader

Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter
How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results
4.2 (193 ratings)
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What's The Mind of the Leader about?

The Mind of the Leader (2018) explores how leaders can cultivate critical inner capacities like mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion to become more effective guides. Supported by research conducted by The Potential Project, it draws on psychology, neuroscience, and case studies of global organizations to provide science-based tools for strengthening these core leadership skills. 

Who should read The Mind of the Leader?

  • Managers looking to improve their leadership skills
  • Emerging leaders 
  • Entrepreneurs and founders wanting to develop a purpose-based leadership approach

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Mindful Work Books: Finding Clarity by Marc Lesser

Finding Clarity

Marc Lesser
How Compassionate Accountability Builds Vibrant Relationships, Thriving Workplaces, and Meaningful Lives
4.4 (222 ratings)
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What's Finding Clarity about?

Finding Clarity (2023) offers insight into developing more fulfilling personal and professional relationships through the practice of compassionate accountability. It delves into seven strategies for enhancing communication and understanding in relationships, to foster environments that are both supportive and productive. 

Who should read Finding Clarity?

  • Professionals seeking improved workplace communication and leadership skills
  • Individuals looking to enhance personal relationship dynamics
  • Anyone interested in mindfulness and emotional intelligence development

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Mindful Work Books: Decisions about Decisions by Cass R. Sunstein

Decisions about Decisions

Cass R. Sunstein
Practical Reason in Ordinary Life
3.9 (285 ratings)
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What's Decisions about Decisions about?

Decisions About Decisions (2023) digs into the delicate process of how people make decisions big and small. It reveals the emotional and cognitive mechanisms hidden beneath decision-making methods and the effects of various strategies, showing how our judgments impact our ideas, values, and behaviors.

Who should read Decisions about Decisions?

  • Strategic leaders
  • Curious self-improvers
  • People interested in behavioral economics

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Mindful Work Books: How to Win at Chess by Levy Rozman

How to Win at Chess

Levy Rozman
The Ultimate Guide for Beginners and Beyond
3.7 (47 ratings)
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What's How to Win at Chess about?

How to Win at Chess (2021) is a comprehensive beginner-oriented guide to the ancient game of chess. Packed with insights into openings, endings, tactics, and strategy, it provides a clear, structured path for players to get to grips with the fundamentals of the game, and build on their skills.

Who should read How to Win at Chess?

  • Beginners wanting to learn fundamental chess strategies
  • Chess players aiming to improve their tactics and gameplay
  • Fans of GothamChess’s YouTube channel

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Mindful Work Books: Mind Shift by Erwin Raphael McManus

Mind Shift

Erwin Raphael McManus
It Doesn't Take a Genius to Think Like One
3.9 (536 ratings)
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What's Mind Shift about?

Mind Shift (2023) describes how intentionally structuring your mental frameworks is the key to unlocking personal fulfillment and success. It encourages you to make courageous choices and optimize your performance by discarding self-limiting beliefs and actualizing your dreams. 

Who should read Mind Shift?

  • People seeking inspiration to make changes in their lives
  • Those who feel held back by self-doubt and limiting beliefs
  • Leaders aiming to foster empowering mindsets and greater possibility in their organizations

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Mindful Work Books: Building a Non-Anxious Life by John Delony

Building a Non-Anxious Life

John Delony
3.9 (145 ratings)
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What's Building a Non-Anxious Life about?

Building a Non-Anxious Life (2023) is a straight-talking manual for regaining peace and joy. It offers a six-step roadmap to navigating the stress-inducing modern world with intention and perspective – reminding us that while we might not be able to eliminate anxiety completely, we can reduce it significantly. 

Who should read Building a Non-Anxious Life?

  • Anyone for whom “stressed” has become the default mode 
  • Individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma 
  • People who want to improve their health and relationships 

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Mindful Work Books: To Hell with the Hustle by Jefferson Bethke

To Hell with the Hustle

Jefferson Bethke
Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World
3.4 (249 ratings)
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What's To Hell with the Hustle about?

To Hell with the Hustle (2019) examines modern society's obsession with productivity and constant busyness. It advocates for a more intentional and purposeful way of living that rejects the relentless pursuit of hustle culture, instead emphasizing the importance of rest, relationships, and spiritual health.

Who should read To Hell with the Hustle?

  • Professionals seeking a balanced, less hectic lifestyle
  • Individuals questioning modern productivity and hustle culture
  • Anyone interested in personal and spiritual growth

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Mindful Work Books: Dopamine Detox by Thibaut Meurisse

Dopamine Detox

Thibaut Meurisse
A Short Guide to Remove Distractions and Get Your Brain to Do Hard Things
4.4 (482 ratings)
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What's Dopamine Detox about?

Dopamine Detox (2020) is a concise guide that addresses a prevalent issue in today's distraction-filled world, offering you practical strategies to overcome procrastination and enhance focus. It reveals the impact of excessive dopamine stimulation on your ability to concentrate and tackle demanding tasks. Through a step-by-step approach, it empowers you to implement a dopamine detox in just 48 hours, enabling you to regain control over your attention and pursue your goals with renewed clarity.

Who should read Dopamine Detox?

  • Chronic procrastinators
  • Goal-setters struggling to find motivation
  • Professionals seeking enhanced productivity methods

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Mindful Work Books: How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job by Dale Carnegie

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job

Dale Carnegie
4.5 (21 ratings)
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What's How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job about?

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job (1955) provides guidance about getting more out of your day-to-day life, by generating more energy into your workday and improving your personal relationships. It sheds a light on how human nature influences the way we behave, so you can improve your interpersonal skills and deepen your self-understanding.

Who should read How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job?

  • The chronically weary
  • Managers who want to become more effective leaders
  • Students of human nature

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Mindful Work Books: The 5 Resets by Aditi Nerurkar

The 5 Resets

Aditi Nerurkar
Rewire Your Brain and Body for Less Stress and More Resilience
4.5 (194 ratings)
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What's The 5 Resets about?

The 5 Resets (2024), is a comprehensive guide to how we can better manage stress with the help of five key life-enhancing strategies. Brought to life by the stories of a Harvard doctor and her patients, it focuses on making manageable lifestyle adjustments to improve mental and physical health, fostering resilience and balance in the process.

Who should read The 5 Resets?

  • Professionals facing workplace stress and burnout
  • Busy parents and caregivers seeking a better work-life balance
  • Entrepreneurs managing stress and growth

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Mindful Work Books: The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber

The Little Book of Stoicism

Jonas Salzgeber
Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness
3.9 (251 ratings)
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What's The Little Book of Stoicism about?

The Little Book of Stoicism (2019) is about how using stoic principles can turn life’s adversities into advantages, promoting resilience, confidence, and calm in everyday life.

Who should read The Little Book of Stoicism?

  • Fans of philosophy
  • Self-improvement enthusiasts
  • People facing stress

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Mindful Work Books: Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

Slow Productivity

Cal Newport
The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout
4.2 (53 ratings)
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What's Slow Productivity about?

Slow Productivity (2024) offers a transformative philosophy for achieving meaningful accomplishment while avoiding overload. It critiques the broken definition of productivity that leads to overwhelming task lists and burnout, proposing a more sustainable alternative inspired by history's creative thinkers. Drawing on examples from Galileo to Jane Austen, it presents the principles of "slow productivity", offering practical advice for escaping overload and pursuing long-term quality in work.

Who should read Slow Productivity?

  • Stressed knowledge workers overwhelmed by pointless admin
  • Burnt-out professionals who’ve lost their creative spark
  • Managers who want to see real results from their teams

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Mindful Work Books: Practical Optimism by Sue Varma, M.D.

Practical Optimism

Sue Varma, M.D.
The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being
4.4 (24 ratings)
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What's Practical Optimism about?

Practical Optimism (2024) offers actionable strategies for fostering well-being and resilience in everyday life. Through nurturing relationships, forming positive habits, and cultivating self-compassion, individuals can enhance their mental and physical health while thriving amidst life's challenges.

Who should read Practical Optimism?

  • Anyone looking for a boost of positivity in their lives
  • People coping with depression or anxiety
  • Those eager for more confidence and resilience

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Mindful Work Books: The Mindful Body by Ellen J. Langer

The Mindful Body

Ellen J. Langer
Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health
4.5 (6 ratings)
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What's The Mindful Body about?

The Mindful Body (2023) delves into the intricate connection between the mind and the body, presenting the idea that they aren’t separate entities but rather one unified system. Backed by cutting-edge research, it explores how changing our thoughts and perceptions can profoundly impact our physical well-being.

Who should read The Mindful Body?

  • Psychology enthusiasts exploring mind-body connection theories
  • Individuals seeking holistic approaches to health and wellness
  • Anyone interested in mindfulness insights

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What are the Top 10 Mindful Work books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman
  • No Hard Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
  • Do Breathe by Michael Townsend Williams
  • The Refusal of Work by David Frayne
  • Making Work Human by Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine
  • What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 by Richard N. Bolles with Katharine Brooks
  • Noise by Joseph McCormack

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When it comes to Mindful Work, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Greg McKeown
  • Cal Newport
  • Peter Bregman
  • Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy