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The self-help project part two

In Self-help on September 26, 2011 at 12:14 am

Twisting, pulsating lists are bursting from my subconscious into my dreams.

After having read 70% of Getting Things Done (the Kindle is very specific on that – I’m on virtual page 207 our of 293), I’m now inspired to organise my life.

Inspired to a certain point, that is. Never underestimate the power of procrastination. There are a few things on my immediate to-do lists: Write a cover story (due last week), apply for a job, do washing up, etc. And all that I need to do, according to Dave Allen, is to spend a week or so organising everything into folders and files and lists and calendars and electronic organisers (which I’m quite geekily excited about the prospect of, I must admit). Read the rest of this entry »


The self-help project, part one

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

The first self-help book I read, why I look down on them, and why I’ve decided to read more.

When I was at university I bought a copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People from a second-hand bookshop in Norwich. The book was written in 1936, and is, I think, pretty much the first self-help book. It’s still at number 143 on’s bestseller list. And it’s the only self-help book I’ve read. Read the rest of this entry »