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James Clear – Behavior Scientist, Habit Master

James Clear writes at where he shares ideas about using behavior science to master your habits and improve your performance. For fresh ideas on how to live a healthy life — both mentally and physically — join his free newsletter, these are his good things.

Good things to read.

Complications by Atul Gawande. Gawande is a surgeon and a fascinating storyteller. In my opinion, this is easily the best of his books. I find this book particularly compelling because of my love for medicine, but even people who aren’t interested in healthcare will find this to be a wonderful read.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Duhigg does an excellent job of summarizing the recent research on habit formation and how it impacts your everyday life. Books like this are useful because they force you to consider the many patterns and routines that you often fall into without much thought.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. I don’t know many people who haven’t read this, which probably says something. If you haven’t, it’s arguably the greatest fictional series of all-time. Rowling’s storytelling ability and character development is incredible. I don’t know a single person who hated the books and many readers are totally obsessed. If you’re wondering if it’s worth your time to read all seven, it is.

Good things to watch.

Breaking Bad. Quite possibly the best television series of all-time. Everything about Breaking Bad is top-notch. The plot is excellent. The writing is excellent. The cinematography is excellent. My favorite part is how many subtle pieces of foreshadowing are hidden throughout the show — both visually and through dialogue.

Searching for Sugar Man. This is the best documentary I’ve seen yet. It’s a story that is so unbelievable, you almost forget that it’s real as you watch it. I’m still shaking my head.

The Wire.  I think this is the only TV show where I was actually sad when it ended. Based in Baltimore, The Wire gives you a fascinating (and, at times, heartbreaking) view of crime in the city. It’s also an extremely realistic show. Every character has flaws and makes mistakes. Stick with it for a few episodes and you’ll probably be hooked for good.

Good things to use.

A camera. I love photography. It’s a wonderful way to capture the world around you and share it with others. And it’s also an excellent reminder that life is meant to be lived in the physical world. It’s great to think, but our digital age makes it dangerously easy to live your life behind a screen. Pick up a camera and walk outside instead.

A barbell. Physical health allows you to do a better job at everything else in life. Pick up a barbell and start lifting each week. Squat. Deadlift. Bench Press. If you’re really ambitious, clean and jerk or snatch. Lifting is the one thing that keeps me sane when life and business get crazy. And besides, who wouldn’t want to be strong and look good?

Google Docs. I basically run my business through Google Docs, but that’s not why I suggest it. I think the biggest benefit is provides is the ability to open a blank document anywhere in the world, start typing, and record your thoughts. Google Docs provides you with the opportunity to write more and that’s a great thing. Writing more forces you to think clearly. Writing more allows you to discover what is important to you. And most importantly, writing more gives you the opportunity to share with others.

Connect with James on Twitter, @James_Clear.

Bonnie Zink – Knowledge, Mobilization, Professional, and Social Media Strategist

These are Bonnie Zink‘s good things.

Good things to read.

It is my belief that reading books is magical and, combined with a little imagination, has the power to transport us to other worlds. We can travel through time, empathize with historical figures through the eyes of modern day perspectives, and enjoy a whimsical escape from our own reality into the reality of someone else. My top picks for good things to read are:

Philippa Gregory – the Cousin’s War series is my favourite – shows gives voice to the women of history. Watch the rise and fall of King Richard III through the eyes of the women around him.

Diana Gabaldon transports us to the middle ages where perseverance is rewarded and love prevails.

The Awakened Series by Jason Tesar blends the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, and military/political suspense to keep entertained right to very last turn of the page.

Good things to watch.

Whether you catch up the news of the day or your latest happenings in reality TV, it is nice to switch from the printed word to watch someone else’s imagination play out on the screen in front of you.

Shakespearean drama is played out all around us every day. Enjoy a little romance and comedy mixed with the tragedy of star crossed lovers in Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare ReTOLD is a BBCOne series that brings the Bard’s words to life in modern day surroundings. Watch as Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, “MacBeth,” is relocated to the heated world of a top restaurant kitchen.

Of course, no great movie night would be complete without watching Elizabeth Taylor portray the shrewish of wife of Petruchio, a fortune-hunting scoundrel, in Taming of the Shrew.

Good things to use.

I was not born a digital native, but have become situated nicely in the digital world. I make my living by telling the stories of my clients on blogs, through social media, and in print. Three great things that allow me to do what I do are:

Evernote  “remembers everything!” This note taking application is truly friendly across all platforms and devices. It allows me to access what I need to know anytime, anywhere, and from any device. Thanks to Evernote, I am now completely paperless and enjoy the freedom of not being locked down to a heavy filing cabinet or hard drive.

Social media (in general) allows me to converse, connect, and share great content around the world. I meet someone new each and every day while engaging with new ideas and knowledge. Find me on Twitter: @bonniezink

Cloud computing hits my top three favourite tools list. Cloud computing opens up the world to me. I work from many devices and many places. With Google Drive and UbuntuOne cloud services my work and my life follows me. All my data, contacts, projects follow me where ever I happen to be.