How’s your quarantine going? Mine’s been up and down. But there are a few things that have been key for me keeping some kind of semblance of sanity, and those things are:
Working out virtually with my trainer (highly recommend HIIT School’s virtual workout program—it’s a small group setting over Hangouts and having someone hold you accountable for showing up and putting in the work is a million times more effective (for me) than trying to motivate myself to do a YouTube video workout.
Getting out of the apartment once every other day for a quick walk or grocery run.
Reading. A couple weeks ago we were just binging Tiger King and Ozark every night after shutting down our laptops. While those shows are great, it made the entire week feel like the same sh*t, different day. I decided to start mixing it up by reading on some nights and it’s made a big difference for me. It’s been a nice escape.
Here are my recommendations for six books to read during quarantine. I’ve found inspiration in all of them, and I hope you do too! I’m linking them on Amazon so you can get them on Kindle, Audible, or a hard copy.
I love this book! It’s by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, and her view on creativity, how it comes to you, and her personal experiences with it are fascinating and inspiring. Get it here.
This one's a classic that shares timeless wisdom. It's transformed the lives of CEOs, educators, students, parents, and presidents. The book goes through each of the seven habits in an easily readable way, so you can apply them to your own life. If you have Amazon Prime, this one is included in your membership on Kindle or Audible! Get it here.
If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you, it’s your system. This book helps you reshape the way you think about progress and success, and gives you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits. Get it here.
If you’re feeling frustrated or stuck right now (who isn’t?), this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. It's by Ryan Holiday, the author from The Daily Stoic and Ego is the Enemy. Get it here.
I recommend literally everyone reads this book. I read it while I was at Google and it changed what I said “yes” to. If you ever feel like you’re stretched too thin, and often busy but not productive, this book helps you separate the vital few from the trivial many so you can make the highest contribution towards the things that really matter. Get it here.
What books are you reading during quarantine? If you read any of these, I’d love to know what you think!