Friday, May 20, 2005

My Bookshelf

Yesterday I ordered a heap of books from Amazon and now I can't wait to get them! Patience isn't one of my strong points (as my husband regularly reminds me. If only he'd just hurry up it wouldn't be such an issue!)

I ordered:
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
- Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide
- Homemade Money: Starting Smart! How to Turn Your Talents, Experience, and Know-How into a Profitable Homebased Business That's Perfect for You!
- Creative Cash : How to Profit From Your Special Artistry, Creativity, Hand Skills, and Related Know-How
- Handmade for Profit! Hundreds of Secrets to Success in Selling Arts and Crafts
- Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook

Hmmm, it's an interesting selection isn't it! Some motivation to get me started, some technical advice for my sewing and web site development and then information on how to make a living from them. At the moment I'm doing a lot of research into how best to achieve my dream of working for myself. I want to be sure that when I do take the leap I'm well prepared.

If anyone has read any of these, or can suggest others in a similar vein I'd be very interested to hear from you. As I work my way through them I'll let you know what I think.


maria said...

Michelle, I keep a running list of books I want to read 'some day,' and I'm adding some of these to my list. I look forward to hearing your impressions.

The only one I've read from the list is Getting Things Done by David Allen. I think there were some good techniques/systems/ideas in there for staying organized and productive ... but frankly, I thought it could have been boiled way down. It felt like too many pages and too many words to read through to get to the good stuff, so I must confess that I jumped ahead to the stuff I really wanted to learn. You'll have to let us know what you think!

michelle said...

Maria, thankyou for your feedback on the David Allen book. I have read some reviews where people found it so helpful it was almost like a religious experience for them! I'm certainly not looking for that (I'm always wary of that kind of thing), I just hope to learn some techniques to help me with my procrastination. I'll let you know what I think.

And I just want to say how much I'm enjoying talking with you. I feel lucky to have made contact with you.