More than a year has passed since the United States (and most other countries in the world) went into various forms of restricted living due to the COVID pandemic. What did you do with your COVID year? Did you read or watch the news obsessively causing yourself severe anxiety? Did you have some extra “down time” that you turned into an opportunity to learn something new? Did you just try to keep it as close to “business as usual” as possible?
I fell into the latter group, trying not to obsess about the changes, while also trying not to go numb and just watch time float by. One of the habits that I focused on to keep things running smoothly, and keep my mind productively engaged was to continue reading and listening to audiobooks. Granted, audiobooks was a little harder since I didn’t have two hours of commute time every day like I did in the past (not that I miss it; I’m adapting fine, thanks).
I have several friends who read dozens of books in a year, frequently summarizing them on social media or blog posts, and while I’m not quite at that level, I realized I did a pretty decent job this past year. It turns out that I listened to several audiobooks, once I reestablished the habit, and I also read several books with my son, too. Here is what my year looked like.
- Give and Take by Adam Grant
- The Practice by Seth Godin
- Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
- Start with Why by Simon Sinek
- The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
- Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
- The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
- Range by David Epstein
- The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt
Books I read or listened to with my son:
- Mud, Sweat, and Tears – Bear Grylls autobiography
- The Boys in the Boat
- No Summit Too High
- Sydney Crosby biography
- Alex Ovechkin biography
- Stephen Curry biography
- Carey Price biography
- Edgar Martinez autobiography
- Shaken by Tim Tebow
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
What did you do?