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Over the past few years, and especially recently since I have reduced my screen time significantly, I’ve been doing a lot more non-screen activity in my free time. These are books/products/activities I personally have experience with. I won’t recommend anything that I don’t like.
This page will slowly be filled up over time, but for now it remains quite short.
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The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User’s Manual by Professor Ward Farnsworth
This book is one of my all-time favorites, often being gifted by me into the homes of those I care about. It’s about the stoics, a class of philosophers including Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus. The author is a professor who has dedicated his life to researching and applying the knowledge he discovers in order to impact his own life. It covers topics such as Death, Wealth, and Adversity, giving quotes and phenomenal life advice that I have taken into my own being. It’s a fantastic, fantastic, life changing book that I cannot recommend any higher.
Both of the above point out, in an exceptionally good way, how quickly our society has changed and how rapidly technology has advanced. These books do a great job showcasing how we got here and how crazy it is that all of this is possible.
Flowers for Algernon By Daniel Keyes
This book really helped me get back into reading. It’s structured in short, journalistic entries which made it super easy to pick up and stop as I was transitioning away from my devices.
This very popular and well researched book was pretty interesting. Covering a relatively taboo topic, it highlights a “hidden epidemic” found commonly in teenage and young adult internet users. This book is really interesting from the perspective that computers and software change the wiring of your brain.
This book is the textbook used by a psychology class at UC Berkeley titled Human Happiness. However, it’s a far-cry from a textbook. This interesting book is full of short passages that range from how-to’s to researched conclusions
How To Win Friends & Influence People By Dale Carnegie
This book was a great introduction to how to be a better friend, listener, and coworker. Recommended to me by both Google and Amazon employees, as well as successful business owners, I was happy to have finally read it and thought it was a great book.
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People By Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D
Everything that is built by humans is designed. This creative book is useful for those who want to learn how to design things (such as a website, book, home… anything!) AND for those who want to learn about what the designers know. A recommended read for designers at Facebook, Google, Instagram, TikTok, etc, you can learn so much about your own psychology and the psychology of others.
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Fully Revised and Updated for 2018 By Vicky Robinson, Joe Domingues, and Mr. MoneyMustache
This book is super helpful for those unfamiliar with managing their own finances. I personally do a handwritten recap of my monthly purchases as recommended by this book, and it greatly illuminates where and how I spend my money.
Tools And Resources
Every morning, and every night, I take some time to journal. I haven’t yet written an article on journaling, but there are tons of benefits. I use the notebooks linked above. They are great, and two for $10 is a great deal. Of all the things recommended on this page, I stand by this one highest.
Recently, I started running. I don’t like to run without my phone and keys. Further, running with these two items is bulky and challenging, so I decided to get this CamelBak. It’s got tons of room for my phone and keys, and holds up to three water bottles in the reservoir! It’s perfectly lightweight, and I use it daily on my runs.
BIKING, HIKING, CAMPING, RUNNING, WALKING
To Be Continued!
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