Happy New Year everyone! How’s your head? Are all those new year’s resolutions looking a little more intimidating now you actually have to do them?

I appear to have kick-started 2013 by publishing the wrong post a month early. Oops! This month’s Freelance Book Of The Month is actually Penny Golightly’s rather brilliant Jump Start 2013 eBook.

In the spirit of a fresh new year, I thought it might be useful to feature a book that helps you improve your life over the space of a month. With the tax return deadline approaching at the end of the month, it’s a great opportunity to get your finances in good shape and develop some other good habits too. Which is why Penny Golightly’s ebook Jump Start 2013 is rather brilliant. Jump Start 2013 is a collection of small daily actions to help you improve your life.

Jump Start 2013 is split into five themed weeks – personal finance, decluttering, tenner week, healthy week and reflect and look ahead week. Each day has a small task that can be easily slotted into your daily routine. If you’ve got a lot of resolutions lined up, this is a great way to achieve them – little steps rather than battling against huge intimidating ideas.

Penny’s writing style is warm and friendly, so you feel like it’s helpful advice from a friend. I love that each task only takes a couple of minutes to read, and most of them don’t take longer than an hour. January is usually a quiet month, so it’s a great opportunity to do some life maintenance like this.

Oh, and it’s just £2.05 on Amazon. Bargain, huh? If you like money-saving tips, Penny Golightly’s blog is well worth a read too.

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