I Didn't Do the Thing Today: Letting Go of Productivity Guilt by Madeleine Dore
Do you struggle to complete a never-ending daily list of tasks? Wondering how other people seemed to have it all figured out, Madeleine Dore spent five years interviewing people she admired to uncover their secrets for being more productive, successful, and prolific. She learned there isn't a perfect recipe for getting things done. The ideal routine that maximizes every minute of the day is a myth, and constantly holding ourselves to unattainable daily standards is simply exhausting us. Dore encourages us to stop comparing ourselves to others, to become more realistic about our expectations, and overcome our constant worry about wasted time. Letting go of your productivity guilt and embracing the unexpected creative moments that each day brings can broaden your definition of a day well spent, bringing deep connection and fulfillment.
Postcards: The Rise and Fall of the World's First Social Network by Lydia Pyne
In 1909 the United States Post Office was $17 million in debt ($483 million today). Two years later, the Post Office's profit was $200,000 ($5.7 million today.) How? Postcards! The hundreds of millions of postcards Americans were sending during the Golden Age of Postcards (1905-1920) became a lifeline for the Post Office. Lydia Pyne takes readers on a global journey through revolutions, social movements, scientific and technological discoveries, and sentimental personal connections. This book also examines the details of postcards as the first worldwide social network. Postcards is a marvelous, in-depth analysis and thought-generating look into how a version of almost everything you see on your current digital social media networks was first produced, composed, and mailed as a postcard.