Chris O’Byrne is the president of JETLAUNCH, where his team provides self-publishing services for all writers, especially solo entrepreneurs, coaches, and creative giants. These are his good things
Good things to read.
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness is my latest favorite book. Read it twice—it might change your life.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one of those books that did change my life. (Okay, every book has changed my life in some way. And as long as we’re getting picky, every thought or event has changed my life. But some books have made a huge impact in my life and ZAMM is one of those.) My first time through this book I had trouble finishing it. I was in my 20s and my thinking ability was rudimentary compared to what it would be even 10 years later. The second time I read this book I was in my mid-30s, and I received far more from it. In fact, I read it again just a year or so later and received even more. I don’t know how to explain what was so impactful about this book other than to say it opened up my mind in ways that kept it forever open and changing.
Even if you are not Christian or even religious, The Holy Bible has amazing advice on how to live. If you’re looking for solid business advice or even advice on how to live every day, start with Proverbs. If you want your life changed forever, read the Gospels.
Good things to watch.
What Dreams May Come still makes me cry every time I watch it.
The Matrix blew me away and opened up my mind a bit more.
The Big Lebowski makes me laugh and think at the same time.
Good things to use.
Evernote stores everything for me. My brain is infinitely leaner without all of the information cluttering it that I can now quickly and easily access in Evernote via my laptop or my phone. If you want to get as much out of Evernote as possible, I highly recommend Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly.
I have tried multiple task managers and Trello has proven to be the most useful by far. I love the visual aspect of Kanban and even bought the book, Personal Kanban, to help get even more out of it. I have several boards for various aspects of my life. My main work board has columns (called “lists”) for On Hold, Ideas, Backlog, Ready, Doing, Done, and Archive. Once a week I move the cards in my Done list into Archive. This gives me an feel for how much work I got done the past week and which tasks needed more attention.
I have used my French press mug from Planetary Design for over six years, and I literally use it every single day. I have an older model that holds 16 ounces, and one mug is usually enough for the whole day. It’s incredibly easy to use and makes delicious coffee every time. Unless I use Folgers, which I do frequently because it helps me to appreciate amazing coffee even more. The most amazing coffee I’ve ever had is by Sightglass Coffee.
Connect with Chris on Twitter, @JetlaunchLLC.