I recently read Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most by Cassie Holmes, and I really liked it. My wife and I both read it together and both learned a lot.
Cassie is a professor at UCLA Anderson where I got my MBA, and she's also a parent at the school my son attends. It was so neat to hear about her life experiences and all the lessons she drew from them and how she solved various problems as I could relate to a lot of the same situations. I found her suggested exercises really helpful too.
Some specific things I started doing more consistently after reading this are exercising daily 30 minutes and working to appreciate each moment by remembering how few of them are left in my life.
Below are some of my notes and takeaways on the book. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to figure out how to use their time more wisely or for anyone who feels time poor (i.e., any parent).
Happy New Year!
2022 was intense! I was lucky to be promoted to "Dad" for the second time, which has been amazing. Also, Epsilon3 raised Series A and grew significantly in terms of customers and team. I'm thankful for my family and all that my team accomplished in 2022.
I finished 18 books in 2022. I'm disappointed that I managed to finish a fewer number of books than in 2021 (22), so my goal for this year will be to at least get back to the 2021 level if not exceed it.
The books I read in 2021 focused on business, parenting, biographies/history, and magic. My favorites from the year:
From Start-Up to Grown-Up by Alisa Cohn
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Here's to a 2022 filled with more reading!
I recently finished reading Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Laura Markham, and I thought it was great. It built on Siblings Without Rivalry and incorporated many ideas from RIE (such as from No Bad Kids). The biggest new ideas I learned from this book were about coaching instead of controlling (I liked many of the sample scenarios and scripts in the book), the importance of daily roughhousing and 1:1 special time, self-regulated turn-taking, and family property rules.
My main notes and takeaways are below.