Work Life and Technology

I work in a high intensity environment that requires technology. This is a list of books that have helped me learn how to love my coworkers well and manage my time spent on technology to use it well.

12 Ways your Phone is Changing You
By Tony Reinke
In this book, Tony Reinke describes twelve ways our phones are changing us. The best part of this book is that our phone isn’t just changing us in bad ways! I enjoyed this book because it presented truth and then left it up to the reader to decide how much cell phone usage is appropriate. This book was convicting and encouraged me to rethink how glued to my phone I am. It also encouraged me to think twice about what I am posting and what I am viewing online. You can purchase this book here.

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace 
By Gary Chapman & Paul White
Many of us have heard of the “Five Love Languages”, but in this book the authors take it to a new level! They share how to use the five languages of appreciation to encourage and thank those around us. It really opened my eyes to so much! There are portions of this book that are for sure written for employers and supervisors, but don’t let that stop you from reading it! Although I do not have any employees I still found so much information that I can apply! You can purchase this book here.

How to Break Up with Your Phone
By Catherine Price
Catherine Price is a science journalist. Not only did she study the affects our phones have on us, but she also studied how we can break the toxic relationship we have with them. The book is broken up into two parts, the first part is the science of how our phones affect us. The second part is a step by step challenge designed to break the chains our phone have on us. The idea is to learn how to use our phones well without getting trapped in addiction. Not only does this book provide the “why” for breaking up with our phones it provides the “how”. The book gives a step by step 30-day breakup period which is totally reasonable and approachable! You can purchase this book here.

How to Lead When You Aren’t in Charge
By Clay Scroggins
This book is exactly what the title says, an encouragement to lead even when you’re not THE leader. It discusses leading in the church and leading at work. This book stepped on my toes so much. It shone the light on so many lies I was believing. It helped me rethink who I am as a leader. It also helped me realize there are ways I could grow into a better leader. ⁣You can purchase it here.

The Road Back to You
By Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stable
This book is a great introduction into the personality tool known as the Eneagram. It will help you gain an understanding of how you operate at your best and your worst. It will encourage you and make you squirm. Honestly, as you read descriptions of the aspects of your personality, you may wonder how someone’s crawled inside your head and shared secrets with the authors. However, this book doesn’t stop at just helping you learn how you operate. It also provides a clear explanation of each type operates and helps the author learn how to relate to others. This book is a great tool to learn how to grow and operate in relationship with others better. You can purchase this book here.

Please note, I have included links to the books on Amazon, however I am not an Amazon affiliate.

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