FastJobs x Times Reads: Start your journey to self-development with these 5 books


Written by Jarrett Ng

The circuit breaker period in Singapore has opened up plenty of time for us to catch up on our favourite dramas, or to simply chill our days away. However, we at FastJobs believe that it’s also a prime opportunity for self-enrichment and discovery. Whether you are searching for your next career milestone or looking for a career switch, now is a great time to read up on cultivating good habits.

This Labour Day, we would like to spread some positivity while the nation continues to be in Circuit Breaker mode. In collaboration with Times Reads, we have selected 5 books that can motivate you for a positive change with life hacks and solutions to improve your productivity at work. 

Read on for a summary of the books we’ve chosen, and for more details on how to win 1 of these to help you build a more productive life.

Designing Your Work Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

Create the job that you want—without necessarily leaving the job you already have! In Designing Your Work Life, Stanford’s Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how to transform our work lives.

Why read this book?

The book demonstrates how to build positive change, wherever you are in your career—whether you want to stay in your job and make it a more meaningful experience, or if you decide it’s time to move on, you will be able to visualize and build a work-life that is productive, engaged, meaningful, and more fun.

Loserthink by Scott Adams

We’ve all come across questionable ideas that people still buy into. These false beliefs are the result of what Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic and a lifelong student of group psychology, calls loserthink. Loserthink is the phenomenon of sneaky mental habits trapping its victims in their bubbles of reality - even the smartest and most educated among us can slip into its seductive grasp. Using his patented blend of humour and social satire, along with candid examples of falling prey to loserthink from his past, 

Why read this book?

Adams offers elegant analytical frameworks for clear thinking. This book will show you how to break free—and be among the most perceptive and respected thinkers in every conversation. This book can help you change the way you think about your work and form good habits.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

World-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered the revolutionary compound effect that atomic habits have on real change—such as doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call. 

Why read this book?

These minuscule changes will transform your life and can help you stay productive, motivated, and happy in your job.


The Art of Life Admin by Elizabeth Emens

This is the book you think you don't have time to read. Life admin gets in the way of your life. Appointments, birthdays, dates, bills—they pile up, stress you out, probably cost you money and sleep, and take up too much time. But spending a few precious hours reading this book will create a lifetime of good habits. 

Why read this book?

Full of confessions, hacks and solutions, The Art of Life Admin will help you do less of it, do it better and do something else instead. Good habits will help you in your work!

Remember It! by Nelson Ellis

Throughout his research into memory theory, Nelson Dellis found existing memory improvement guides to be wanting—overcomplicated, dry, and stodgy. So he decided to write a book that is approachable and fun, centred on what people need to remember. In Remember It!, Dellis teaches us how to make the most of our memory, using his competition-winning techniques. Presenting the information in a user-friendly way, Dellis offers bite-size chapters, addressing things we wish we could remember but often forget: names, grocery lists, phone numbers, where you left your keys—you name it! 

Why read this book?

This fast-paced, highly illustrated tour of the inner workings of the brain makes improving your memory simple and fun. A good memory is most useful in the workplace and helps keep you ahead of your tasks.

Want to win these books?

To stand a chance to win 1 of the 5 books listed above, simply comment on the giveaway post on our Facebook with the name of the book you wish to win by 4th May and a positive word that you have discovered about yourself doing this circuit breaker period. All the best and stay safe during these times! These books can be found at all local bookstores. If you wish to purchase a book during this circuit breaker period, you can make an order on Kinokuniya’s webstore or Gogoru’s website. With your safety in mind, we have decided to mail the books after the circuit breaker period at the earliest.  Winners will be shortlisted and notified via Facebook messenger.