I have to give credit where credit is due. This website would not have started if it were not for 3 books that at different times had a huge influence on my life. I highly recommend these books to anyone and everyone. Each of these books focus on practical and timely topics that in today’s world are going through big shifts and talked about/used everyday.
The titles of the books are links to the books on Amazon. I am not signed up for an affiliate. Without further ado, here are the 3 books that had the biggest influence on me and shaped the content on this website into what it is.
Getting Things Done By David Allen
Read in 2011
Topic this book helped influence: Time
I have always been a pretty organized person, but my sense of time and how I worked left a lot to be desired. I had fooled around in college with a website/app called Toodledo (which will be focused later on!). I stopped using it for about 2 years, but when I moved out on my own and started working full time I realized I needed something to keep me organized. I started using the site again and I read this article on Toodledo’s website and learned that they were based off of GTD principles and that Getting Things Done was a big influence on their design of the program. I liked Toodledo and the article made sense so I bought the book. The rest was history. I got so much out of the book and instantly noticed positive changes in my life. It made me discover how important reading is. I felt like I learned more reading this book than most of what I learned in school. This is the book that turned me into a reader and started me on my productivity journey. I could go on, but this book will get covered in more detail and you will definitely know what GTD is if you keep reading the blog!
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Read in 2014
Topic this book helped influence: Money
Say what you want about Dave Ramsey, but I don’t think you can argue that he is straight forward and consistent. The saying “common sense isn’t so common” is even more true when it comes to personal finance. I had always been good with money (or so I thought), but after devouring the Total Money Makeover, I realized I lacked a plan. I knew I was on the right path, but I didn’t have any goals or time frame as to when I would be out of debt or how much I wanted to save. This book showed me that managing money isn’t as hard as it is made out to be. Like with many things in life, it is little things over time that pay off and that is true with money as well. I had just gotten married, moved to a new apartment, and started a new job when I hit an object driving that caused $1,000 damage to my car. We didn’t have the money then and thought it was an “emergency.” We took some money out of savings and money from my family. I read The Total Money Makeover a couple weeks later and at the time it was the perfect answer to how I was feeling. We will explore all types of money advice and theories on Cents of Time. Dave Ramsey was just the start for me.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Read in 2016
Topic this book helped influence: Connection of Time and Money
I had read many books and listened to many podcasts at this point in my life in 2016 so I thought I knew a lot and would just tweak things from here. I was wrong. This book might have brought up the most change of any book I have read. There are many books that talk about time and money abstractly connected or you can make the connection yourself. Essentialism was the book for me that brought the two most together. At the time I had started reading about minimalism and what that was about it. I liked what I was reading, but Essentialism went deeper. “Less, but Better” is what I have on my email signature and think about when I am making decisions these days. I have no problem waiting, throwing out, deleting, or getting rid off things because I know how valuable my time is now. I don’t want to waste time on something that is just good. I have given up things I thought I liked and enjoyed, but realized there were other things I’d rather spend my time on. Dave Ramsey talks about contentment being a part of your financial journey and in my opinion this whole book is about not only being content with what you have, but maximizing it and being even more selective with your time and what you do/buy.