3 Good Books – new side project

I’m trying to increase my luck surface¬†area at the moment by putting a few side projects out there and seeing what sticks. The thing that motivates me is usage, progress, and improvement. Most of the projects I consider these days rely on natural search traffic from Google and it has become very hard to predict which sites and content you will be able to get traction with. There is nothing more miserable than working on a site for a long period of time with¬†nothing you try moving things forward and getting more visitors.

3 Good Books is one of these side projects. I’ve started a number of projects around books before – but they were more home run type projects – all or nothing. As this is a side project – it can move along over a long period of time. It also scratches my own itch – getting good book recommendations from peers. I am fed up of getting crappy book recommendations from Amazon – and this is an example of machine learning being annoying. Just because I bought a single book on juicing – and then gave up on juicing after 2 attempts to use and clean the juicing machine – doesn’t mean I want to be recommended juicing books forever more.

I have already got a few good book recommendations through that I have purchased that Amazon hasn’t recommended me before – so for that the side project is a win already.

Book Review : 3 secrets to effective time investment

Picked this up as Cal Newport wrote the forward and mentioned it on his blog. I took away a few key points. A lot of the book I was able to skim read, but if I can keep myself in the frame of mind of choosing where to invest my time rather than it getting spent – it’ll be worth the read.

Here are my notes:

Plan your day, week, month – make sure you invest your time where you want to.

When frustrated by everyone else think “what can I work on that is under my control and can make a different”

Don’t compare yourself to others – you don’t know how much help they get, or sacrifices in other areas they have made.

Set realistic expectations of yourself – don’t set ridiculous project deadlines

Be compassionate to yourself

Don’t be a perfectionist! (unless it is truly important to you) – the cost of wanting everything to be perfect is horrible!

Don’t over commit – and only choose the things you want to invest your time in. Find out what you like saying Yes to and doing.

Set expectations – don’t answer emails too quickly – train others what to expect from you.

Big projects – people are scared of doing them and making progress as often these projects are public and very important.

Routines – help you make consistent progress on big projects without sacrificing health and key relationships.

Pick up the book from Amazon!