New year, new resolutions! Maybe you made a new year’s resolution to expand your knowledge and educate yourself on money. Congratulations, the best investment you can make is in yourself and your educations. Knowledge truly is power. The best way still is to read books, so I have made a list of the best books for 2020.
The books below are, in my opinion, must-reads if you want to set your mindset right in the new year. Ir include books on mindset and money, how to develop good habits, planning and productivity… in my opinion a solid mix of all the knowledge and motivation you need to set you up for success in 2020.
Here we go, here’s my list of the best books, apps, planners and courses for you to make 2020 your best year ever!
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Everything is figureoutable
I think whoever knows Marie Forleo has been waiting for her to finally release a book. Marie Forleo shows how to move past limiting beliefs and that ‘impossible’ only exists on our head. Marie Forleo has built an empire helping women pursue their dreams. This book puts you on the right path to discover that you can and achieve anything you want.
One of the best books I’ve read last year. James Clear is a former athlete who runs a successful blog (turned book) on achieving goals by building micro-habits. This book has elevated my daily habits and routines to an entirely new level. It focuses on setting up the right systems, not lofty goals. In my opinion an absolute must-read.
Your best year ever
Michael Hyatt is an authority in productivity, planning and prioritizing. I bought his book after listening to his podcast and interviews and he absolutely nailed it. Read this book if you want to become a ninja in effective planning and goal setting. If you’re tired of not seeing progress in any area of your life, this helps you get crystal clear and motivated to accomplish anything you want this year.
Breaking the habit of being yourself
If I could recommend only one book, this would be it. I have read this book last year and I definitely will re-read. Reading this book has made the biggest impact on me the past year. Actually, it would not be exaggerated to say it has changed my life. There is so much good stuff in there, I could barely keep up with taking notes.
Dr. Joe Dispenza is the Godfather of neuroplasticity and shows scientific evidence how our minds shape our reality. I would summarize it as the best book on manifestation minus the woo woo. Brilliant! If you want to create something (anything) in the future that you don’t yet have, I really cannot recommend this book enough. It is the best book to improve your meditation practice.
You are a badass at making money
Jen Sincero gives a refreshing makeover of everything that might be stopping you from achieving your financial goals.
Being a 40-year-old freelance writer living in a garage, she decided to get serious about her finances, she is a true example of what is possible if you master your mindset. It is the zero BS advice to get the life you deserve. I think she is the one and only badass of personal finance and money mindset and I find it to be one of the best books if you’re looking for inspiration, motivation and actionable steps.
Money: A Love Story
Who ever thought of writing a book about money and love? This book resonated with me so much. Kate Northrup shows ways how to love your money and yourself and that beating yourself up has never helped anyone. The author went into debt herself because she valued the fancy things, just to realize that it was for the wrong reason. She discovered that money truly is about loving and valuing yourself. Amen, sister.
I really love an old-school, physical book. But due to my travels I am absolutely obsessed with Audible nowadays, so this where I enjoy most books. All of the books mentioned above (except for Michael Hyatt, you will find as audiobooks on Audible as well.
If you you’re looking for more good reads, head to my resource library.
New year, new planners!
If one industry has exploded last year, I think it might be the journal business. There are so many planners out there nowadays. However, I like to stick to one (max two). It is a tool for me and the dated ones give me more accountability for my daily journaling practice.
Most of my daily planning happens in my Google Calendar. However, for journaling and goal setting, I like to use physical planners and journals. It gives me more focus to sit down and write. Also, it is so much fun to go back to my old journals and see how much I have grown and evolved and what I have achieved over the years.
My favorite Planners:
The Daily Greatness Journal
Stunning planner, love the new binding. This is the journal I started with and I still love it. The classic version is great, but there’s also Success, Fitness, Parenting, Yoga and Travel editions for more topic focused journaling and goal setting. I like to gift these to my girlfriends as well. Get 10% off your first order here.
The Happiness Planner
Gorgeous planner, comes in spiral bound and hardcover version. Love everything about it, except that it is a bit heavy to carry around. However, I journal at home, though, so that doesn’t bother me so much.
For on the go journaling they also released an app, which is great for when I commute and still want to keep my journaling practice up when I have less time to journal in the morning.
The Secret to Money
Based on the The Secret, the Secret to Money app makes your daily affirmations and manifestations easier. The app sends you daily reminders to raise your awareness to money every day. I love to use it primarily for the Prosperity Game (here’smy blog post about it).
My all-time favorite budgeting app is available as a webapp and for mobile, both synchronize effortlessly. If you want to know more about its features, head to YNAB or read my blog post on budgeting.
Debt Free Box
Great app for calculating your debt snowball. It calculates the fastes and cheapest way to get out debt. I appreciate the clear interface and I have used it along with my classic spreadsheet. You can enter and categorize all kinds of debts with minimums and interest rates (student loan, credit card, mortgage, cash loan, car loan etc.) and it will you exactly when you’ll be debt free, so you can decide which one to pay off first. On top of that, it creates a what-if analysis how fast you can be debt free if you put in an extra amount per month.
Saving Money can be easy. Apps like Acorns and Peaks save (and invest) your change and help you to build a nice nest egg without you even noticing. The small amounts add up over time. It is a fun and effortless way of saving your money.
I love saving coins and seeing tiny amounts pile app over time. However, most of today’s payments and transactions are digital, so it made sense saving the change on all those transactions as well. It is not my primary way of saving but a great addition to my savings strategy. Love to see how small amounts make a big difference over time. Super fun. A similar app for the anyone in living in Germany or The Netherlands is Peaks. The Code EVELI4AB1 will give you 5€ credit so you can get started right away.
Do you want to really want to explode your money goals this year?
I can tell you, there is so much bad advice out there. I like to learn from people who have the results that I want. And there is nothing better than taking a course.
If you want to take your money mindset work seriously and get results, I recommend taking a course.
I like to use the ‘immersion method’ and just focusing on one thing in a short period of time as it gives the best results. Taking a course moves you from passive action to massive action. And that always gave me the best results.
Following a self-paced program for several weeks or months gave me so much more accountability than just reading a book. It is way more effective to follow a step-by-step plan. We only learn what we do ourselves.
I took many courses and none was as good as Natalie Bacon’s Money Mindset for Her. I think she is absolutely brilliant and highly highly recommend if you are serious about transforming your results with money this year. If you are not sure whether to make the investment (although I highly suggest you do) and would like me to write an in-depth review on her course, let me know in the comments.
In case you want to check out her style of teaching before purchasing the whole course, she has a brilliant Ebook Design Your Dream Year. I read it last year and applied it – what can I say, worth every penny.
If you’re looking for more inspiring reads across different categories, make sure to check out my Resources Library, where I collect all the books I consider worth reading. I update it regularly, so make sure you check in!
I am so curious to hear what you want to achieve in 2020!
Which books are on your reading list for this year? What are your money goals?