When I last posted here, it was to share my 2017 reading plan and list. Things have been quiet since then as I've been dealing with other, higher priority items in my life. The good news is, even though I wasn't posting, I was reading and making progress on the reading list. I'm still just a bit behind schedule, but catching up fast - partly thanks to the first book on the reading list. That first book was Sleep Smarter and this is my brief review of it.
Late December and early January have turned out to be very busy, so my plans to put together a post outlining my 2017 reading list has been languishing on my to-do list. No longer though as I have finally found a few minutes to stop and put together the list. Why did I bother to put together a list for the upcoming year especially when I almost always have a book "in progress" at any given time? It was mainly driven by the suggestions on goal-setting that I recently wrote about. One of those tips was putting your goals in writing, so I did that with regard to what I hoped to read in 2017.
As I start some work to bring some life back to this blog
site, it seems appropriate that I start with a review of A Whack on the Side ofthe Head. From what I’ve gathered, A Whack on the Side of the Head is a bit of
a classic in self improvement although I had never run across it before adding
it to my 2017 reading list. And yes, as you may have guessed from the date of
this entry, I am running behind on completing that list. I attribute part of
that to not keeping up with the discipline needed to keep moving forward with
the list, although some delay was introduced by the need to read some other
materials and books during the year. Anyway, I’m back and ready to get some
creative with some new entries. A Whack on the Side of the Head covers ways to help the
reader tap into their creative juices and remove those mental blocks that keep
them stuck in a rut. Author Roger von Oech sets forth several examples to open the book demonstrating creative thinking and how people have solved probl…