Self-Improvement for Tired People

January 9, 2020 | M. Elwood

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It's that time of year again. Traditionally in January people make resolutions and plan to improve themselves. We see it a lot in the library – a sudden interest in checking the Fun Guide for fitness programs and requests for self-help books. It all seems exhausting to me. While the rest of humankind evolved from primates, I've always maintained that I came from bears and should be snuggled up in a nice cave sleeping through the winter months, so all this pressure for self-improvement just makes me annoyed.  

These books provide less stressful ways to kick off the new year. 

Joy of doing just enough

The Joy of Doing Just Enough: The Secret Art of Being Lazy and Getting Away with it by Jennifer McCartney

Joy of doing nothing

The Joy of Doing Nothing: A Real-Life Guide to Stepping Back, Slowing Down and Creating a Simpler Joy-Filled Life by Rachel Jonat

Joy of missing out

The Joy of Missing Out: The Art of Self-Restraint in a World of Excess by Svend Brinkmann

Okay Fine Whatever

Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things by Courtenay Hameister

Organized enough

Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist's Guide to Getting – and Staying – Organized by Amanda Sullivan

Perfect mess

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder by Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman


Rest: Why you get More Done when you Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang


Be kind to yourselves in 2020 and don't stress out about life's imperfections.