The book I read to research this post was Habit Triggers by Romuald Androde which is a very good book that I downloaded for free from kindle. The ability to form habits in human certainly in the past was essential to our survival. Even today it can be useful as something learned can be done without having to think about every step. Of course this comes at a price as the habit formed can be both positive or negative. This book is about getting rid of bad habits and forming good habits. The process in eliminating bad habits is similar for forming bad habits in the first place. You simply do it in small steps remainng consistent and doing it each day. It might be an idea to keep a diary to record your progress. This system can be used for eliminating any habit from smoking to over-eating. The book is around 70 pages. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it. If you were using it to eliminate something like smoking you might reduce you smoking consumption by maybe 1 cigarrete for a period like a week before reducing it further. In bad habits it’s not unusual for each step to maybe take 50 days or more. You simply have to be realistic about what is achieveable.
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The book I read to research this post was Work Smarter Not Harder by Timo Kiander which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. Timo is a website developer that is interested in time saving tools like time management and this book is about that. It is around 60 pages so is quite short. One system of work is working for 25 minutes and then taking a 5 minute break. We know that the human body works in 90 minutes with highs and dips in its ability to concentrate. You can also limit checking e-mails to 2-3 times a day and limit the time spent to 30 minutes each time for this task. If you have a meeting consider if it involves checking technology in some way if that can be done before the meeting. You should also list the important tasks in terms of priority and there effect in terms of short term and long term effects should be considered in doing this. Then you should work on them in order of priority. You can also learn to touch type and there are online tools to help with this. If you have time you can always go to classes locally to learn this. I did enjoy this book and do recommend it. He does say office workers will benefit most from what is in this book & I think he’s probably right.
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The book I read to research this post was Amazon Prime and Kindle Lending Library by Anthony Weber which is a very good book that I downloaded for free from kindle. This book is around 30 pages so is quite short. This guide is about the various services offered to consumers by Amazon. They are very reasonably priced although some of like the Prime service might require a fast broadband connection to work probably because it streams video. Prime offers for $99 per year free 2 day delivery on purchases and streamed video of countless tv series and films. There is also a music streaming service reasonably priced. You can buy content like online video like tv episodes and films and music albums outright. They also let you borrow 1 e-book per month for free. There is also kindle unlimited where you can borrow 10 books and as you return one you can borrow another. There is a library of over 300,000 books to choose from. There is also Amazon’s huge searchable database of things you can buy and have posted to you. Initially Amazon just did books but now have expanded into just about everything. Amazon Web Services aren’t covered in this book and are aimed at businesses anyway. Amazon is almost a way of life and I did read in another book is the brand more people are loyal to than another perhaps quite rightly as they have worked hard on this,. I did enjoy this book and do recommend it.
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The book I read to research this post was How I Make $50,000 a Month Simply Cutting and Pasting by Jeff Farley which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. This book is around 25 pages so is quite short. This book details a rather novel method of making money that doesn’t involve a huge amount of work considering how much you can potentially make. The author used to sell on Google Adwords but ran into problems. Now he uses a site called Lead Impact where you have to lay out initially $1,000 but considering what you can make that is perhaps reasonable. He buys pay per advertising URLs so when people enter a particular domain name his advert comes up as a pop up. He recommend you perhaps don’t want to spend more than 6 cents per impression. Most people disregard these adverts as a nuisance. You also should target and promote innovative products that are unusual and novel in some way. A certain amount of people will be interested and he can do 20 campaigns in one day making a substantial income. I don’t think I’d run this kind of business but can see it has certainly got potential. It is an interesting book and I do recommend it.
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The book I read to research this post was Management Decisions and the Role Of Forecasting by James Morrell which is a very good book that I bought at a car book sale. Forecasting enables information enabling decisions to be made. This book is around 350 pages so is a decent size and was published in 1972 so is a bit dated. Of course in Britain the biggest developments since this time have been the internet and the privatisation of public utilities previously nationalised. I think at least according to this book company accounts are published in september, 9 months into the year. They are normally published in a blue covered book. One of the easiest types of information to find is labour costs. Material costs are more difficult to define as there may be surplus stock to account for. Income tax information should also be easy to find. This book of course was written long before things like data mining and social media that have been major game changers. In the 60’s Britain’s economy boomed followed by a wake up call in the 70’s. Things like rising oil prices and ineffective governments nationalising many industries. I enjoyed this book and do recommend it. I’d suggest get a more recent book though.
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The book I read to research this post was Making It Happen by John Harvey-Jones which is a very good book that I bought from a car boot sale. This is quite an old book about what it takes to run a business. Much of it is autobiographical. John had a career in the navy where he was a captain prior to getting a low management job at ICI and working his way up to chairman. He did the TV series Troubleshooter where he helped struggling businesses. A business must keep expanding or it will inevitably die. Other companies are eyeing to take advantage of businesses that no longer stay competitive. They also must look at expanding markets and how foreigners have different cultures and outlooks. British people tend to think everyone is the same. This is almost uniquely British. A manager should ideally know at least one other language and have lived abroad to grasp all this. Even between Britian and America they might share the same language but have completely different outlooks. This often causes confusion. In particular Americans have less executives on their boards. In Britain we have the opposite. This book is around 250 pages. It is a very interesting book and I enjoyed it.