Give the Gift of Time

Since it’s that time of year, here are some suggestions for holiday gifts for your friends and loved ones who want to do more, or do more of the right things, or just feel more at peace with the choices they make.

Classic books:
Getting Things Done by David Allen. This one is tactical and practical, maximizing throughput, a classic

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. This is more high-level, about your life’s purpose (knowing what’s important to you is a huge help in prioritizing, right?)

The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo The only time management technique I know of named after a kitchen gadget (those little tomato timers…) Great for building up discipline and focus, one small step at a time.

I Could Do Anything, If Only I Knew What it Was by Barbara Sher Not sure what you want to do when you grow up (or actually now that you are grown up and feeling adrift)? This book has lots of great exercises to guide you on your way.

What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson No answers here, but some beautiful stories about people who are in the process of inventing or reinventing themselves. I read this at a particularly difficult time in my life and found it comforting.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron Step by step instructions for reclaiming your creativity and passion. I love this book.

iPhone Apps:

“CalenGoo” use your google calendar wirelessly through your iPhone

“Remember the Milk” online to-do list

“LoseIt” track your caloric intake to lose weight


“Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part” T-Shirt (pick a size and color)

For the person who has everything, but still can’t get out of their own way, you can get them a 60 minute productivity coaching session for $150. Click on the link below to order (we will reach out to you within 24 hours to schedule)




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Dave is trained at the Coaches Training Institute and certified by the International Coaching Federation. He has worked with dozens of clients to achieve remarkable results, including revenue growth, clearer strategic direction, enhanced leadership, and promotions to positions of greater responsibility. You can learn more about him at or follow him at @DarkMatterCon, or GooglePlus.

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