Best Books About Productivity
13 Productivity Books That Are a Must-Read For Any Man (Even You)
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Whether you’re a software engineer, a teacher, or a stay-at-home dad, being more productive is a goal everyone can get behind. After all, who doesn’t want to make the most of their time and cross things off their to-do list?
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Being productive seems simple in theory, but in practice, it’s a lot more complex — especially in today’s distracting world of apps and social media. Nevertheless, there are ways to improve. With the right tools and tactics, you can be well on your way to productivity.
Reading a whole book might seem like a productivity challenge in itself, but if you can commit to sitting down with one of these reads or tuning into their audio version, you’ll be blasting those to-dos off your list(s) in no time. Consider this your productivity homework, the first step in beating distraction and getting more done every single day.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?- Stephen R. Covey
“It’s an oldie but a goodie. A classic for a reason," says Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.?Of course, before you can start living by the seven habits, you have to be OK with a “paradigm shift,” or a change in the way you view the world around you. Don’t worry, Covey walks you through it. This book is a doozy. So give it the time and attention it deserves.
Atomic Habits?- James Clear
Sometimes, all it takes to improve one’s productivity is a 'clear,' simple outline – see what we did there?. In Atomic Habits,?Clear shares an easy-to-understand guide that is designed to help you manifest?positive habits and drop the negative ones. Pulling ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience, this productivity?book promises to teach you how to make time for new rituals and get back on track when you lose your way.
$16.20 at Amazon.com
Work Simply?- Carson Tate
Trying to boost your productivity by doing everything “Joe” does might be a lost cause. That’s because, as Tate argues, there are four different productivity styles: arrangers, prioritizers, visualizers, and planners. This book helps you ID which style fits you best and provides you with the tools you need to be your most productive self.
Organizing Your Workspace
Joy at Work -?Marie Kondo,?Scott Sonenshein
Marie Kondo transformed your home with her best-selling read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?and now she –along with?business professor Scott Sonenshein – is?here to clean up your workspace and improve your productivity by applying the?KonMari Method to your professional life. You might think that?pile of papers on your desk is?just organized chaos and that checking your email every 15?minutes doesn't have an?impact on?your day, but this book proves that these habits and others are?likely?harming your daily productivity?and keeping you from reaching your goals.?
$14.42 at Amazon.com
Free to Focus -?Michael Hyatt
All too often, being busy is equated with being successful, and working long hours is equated with working hard. In this productivity book,?New York Times Bestselling author, Michael Hyatt shows that people don't need to put their personal lives on the shelf in order to be successful. In fact, by following his?3-step system, which involves filtering out tasks and commitments and?setting boundaries, you will have?greater?efficiency and productivity in the workplace and more free time for yourself.
$12.99 at Amazon.com
Establishing New Routines
The Power of Habit?- Charles Duhigg
Habits play a key role in our daily productivity. Think of your morning routine. Whether you wake up and go for a run or hit the snooze button and sleep in has a big effect on the way you carry yourself throughout the day ?— every day. In this read, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg explains how habits work and how we can change them, for the better.
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Finding Schedule Inspiration
Daily Rituals?- Mason Currey
While following someone else’s daily rituals to a T is not recommended — every individual has their own unique routine that works best for them — a little inspiration never hurt anybody. From George Gershwin to Andy Warhol, this book shares how some of the world’s greatest artists got it all done. Some practices, such as reaching for vodka every morning and self-medicating with doughnuts, are better left unfollowed, but others, such as taking walks and waking up early, could be beneficial to your productivity.
Using Time Wisely
168 Hours?- Laura Vanderkam
It might not seem like it, but every single week has 168 hours. And through her successful book, Vanderkam makes a compelling point that some of the most successful people among us have reached their goals by making the most out of every single one of those hours. It’s possible to follow in their footsteps, too. Simply follow her practical guide, designed for anyone, in any profession, at any level of busyness.
Focusing on What Matters
The Power of Less - Leo Babauta
Today’s fast-paced digital world is full of distractions. You likely have multiple email addresses, numerous means of communicating with people, and a slew of social media networks, all drawing your attention throughout the day. Surprised you can’t get anything done? Babauta isn’t. His whole shtick is that it’s time to cut the fat. Without the chaos, you’ll actually have the time to focus on what matters. First, of course, you have to find out how to do that. That’s where the book comes in.
Deep Work?- Cal Newport
Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, who consults with CEOs to improve leadership and performance, says Deep Work?is a read he always recommends to clients. This book introduces the skill of deep work, which is the ability to focus sans distraction. It then outlines the four rules you must master in order to reset your habits and your mind.
Procrastination on Purpose?- Rory Vaden
Want a new way of thinking about how to focus on what’s important? “If I was going to write a book on productivity, this is the book I would have written,” says consultant and productivity expert Nicole Bandes. “Most of us think that productivity has to look a certain way. This book gives a different perspective that is much healthier.” Quick takeaway: Don’t beat yourself up if you’re a procrastinator. Seriously.
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Easy, Quick Solutions
Four Seconds?- Peter Bregman
Any strategy that promises to boost productivity in four seconds flat has us listening. The gist of this book boils down to beating busyness by pausing and making intentional choices instead of reactionary ones. It also preaches the power of listening to others, because how often do we all talk over each other?
Willpowers Impact on Productivity
The Willpower Instinct?- Kelly McGonigal
A book about willpower isn’t quite a book about productivity, but Bandes says: “When we have stronger willpower, we have the ability to stay focused.” Here, McGonigal outlines the connection between willpower and other aspects of life, such as healthy eating and exercise — both of which improve productivity — painting a fuller picture of how all of life’s elements interact with one another.
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