Holiday Gifts for Leaders

Want to stay productive and learning both this year and next? Here are a few of our favorite products and services to grab for yourself while you’re shopping for others this holiday season:

Productivity

5 Days to Your Best Year Ever*: Early bird pricing ends Thursday, December 8th for Michael Hyatt’s excellent, annual planning course. I’ve used it for the last three years to drive my results (I detailed how on episode #222).

TimeTrade: Virtually every appointment I book with someone else goes through TimeTrade. It automatically reads my calendar availability (which I define) and then people can book into whatever slot they want. It’s worth every penny to never have the “does this time work for you” email exchange back and forth.

Moleskine Classic Notebook*: It’s disputed how to say this company’s name, but undisputed that they make great notebooks.

Reading

Audible (2 free books)*: Sitting down and reading for 2–3 hours just doesn’t work most days with young children. When I’m taking out the trash or folding laundry, I’m almost always listening to a book on my headphones.

Blinkist*: Have even less time to read? Blinkist provides 15-minute summaries of the best books. Several of our Mastermind members use it to both screen great books and review what they learned after reading.

Kindle Oasis*: As much as I love my iPad, there’s a lot to say for a dedicated reading device. Kindles are getting really powerful, and this is Amazon’s latest. Now you can Whispersync between Audible and Kindle to alternate between audiobook and reading.

Travel

Travelpro Platinum Magna Suitcase*: Our old suitcases were literally falling apart, so Bonni just purchased this for her recent trip. It worked great — plus the extra bonus of the kids loving to push/spin it.

Anker PowerCore+ Portable Charger*: I picked this battery up last year and it stores enough to fully charge a laptop, tablet, and phone. Plus, it powers multiple devices at the same time.

Communication

Zoom (free for 1:1 meetings)*: I run every virtual meeting, conference call, and mastermind session with Zoom. HD video-streaming is second to none and I’ve never had an issue with reliability. Plus, they’re less expensive than the big players in this space.

Fastmail*: They power email for Bonni and me. Fastmail’s email service is highly secure, has tons of options for server-based filtering rules, and has been stable for us for years.

Health

Stretching*: Stuck in an office chair too much? Bonni has had this book on her shelf for years.

Yoga for Wimps*: I laughed when I first saw this book on Bonni’s desk years ago. Now, I’ve used it too. It’s a simple way to get started with a great practice.

Head Massager*: We’ve had one of these for years. Both kids and adults love it — guaranteed to make you smile.

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