Books read in July

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, by Vincent Van Gogh

My wife got this as a birthday gift. It is a tragic look at Van Gogh’s suffering but passionate and all too brief life. The editor’s notes before each section were quite helpful in setting the context. Before reading this, I saw Loving Vincent, a beautiful tribute to the same author. So I’d recommend folks to watch that movie first, and dive into the week if they crave more.

The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande

I’m been tweaking my productivity tools, and this seemed like a well-recommended book in that space. It is quite nice although a bit light. The summary is that in high pressure and critical jobs, experts usually look for corner-cases but quite often miss the basics. And a good checklist serves as a reminder for a group of people to coordinate tasks well.

Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, by Staffan Noteberg

Continued my productivity investigation with this book. Again, a light, enjoyable read. I read the book using the Pomo technique itself and quite liked the approach. I have too many meetings at work these days to be able to use this as often as I’d like. But it seems like a nice way to pace your work without getting swamped by distractions.

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