By increasing your productivity, you can perform better at work, earn more, organize your life more efficiently, and have more time to spend with your loved ones.
But why does it sometimes feel that no matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to push forward?
There are lots of distractions in everyday life, and chances are we’re just not dealing with them in the right ways.
But by learning to adopt healthier, more productive habits, you’ll find you’re able to get more done in less time than you ever thought possible.
The Best Productivity Books
These 12 books will teach you the habits and skills you need in order to stop wasting time and start seeing your best results yet.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This classic has influenced presidents, CEOs, and individuals from around the world to improve their businesses and live with integrity to see success in all areas of their lives.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey was a world-renowned expert on leadership and family relations. With The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he focused on the principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity to show individuals how they can live more productive lives while making the world a better place.
2. Get It Done by Michael Mackintosh
Get It Done offers a 21-day “mind hack” system that promises to double your productivity to help you complete your unfinished projects, stop procrastinating, and make more money.
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or that you’re underachieving, this book will help you tune in to your potential and accomplish your biggest goals in life.
3. Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley
Most people only tap into 10% of their memory potential. In Unlimited Memory, Grandmaster of Memory Kevin Horsley teaches readers how to put aside their distractions and master their attention so they can unlock more of their memories and improve their productivity.
This book reviews the three bad habits that keep us from remembering important information, and teaches simple methods for comprehending complex concepts more quickly. With these strategies, readers will be able to boost their productivity and eliminate wasted time, stress, and errors.
4. Deep Work by Cal Newport
Author and professor Cal Newport argues that one of today’s most valued job skills—the ability to focus deeply—is becoming increasingly rare, thanks to the blur of e-mails, social media, and other distractions that clog our minds.
Deep Work teaches readers how to better focus on cognitively demanding tasks in order to become better at their jobs, achieve more in less time, and experience a sense of true fulfillment.
5. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
One of the worst feelings in the workplace is that of being overworked yet unproductive. If you’ve been feeling both busy and underutilized at the same time, you might try becoming what Greg McKeown calls an Essentialist. This means developing a disciplined way of thinking and learning to do “the right thing, in the right way, at the right time.”
So many of us feel that if we’re not running around doing something, then we’re not working hard enough or being productive. The problem, however, is that you can run around as much as you want, but if you’re not doing the right things in the right way, you’ll never achieve anything. This book will show you how to put Essentialism into practice in your own life so you can achieve more in less time.
6. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The War of Art was written to help readers channel their creativity, unlock their full potentials, and overcome their fears about how their work will be perceived. Although aimed at artists and creatives, this book can help anyone who wants to turn their passion into purpose.
Steven Pressfield will help you outline your own plan to knock down your internal barriers and silence the naysayers so you can produce your finest work yet.
7. Design Your Future by Dominick Quartuccio
Do you sometimes feel like life is just happening to you? Or that your drive that was once fueled by passion has dried up? Mentor and author Dominick Quartuccio will show you how to break through your “self-imposed ceilings” to start consciously designing your own future and become more productive.
Quartuccio challenges readers to reclaim control of their lives by realizing their hidden beliefs and disrupting their self-destructive patterns so they can raise their performance in business and all aspects of their day-to-day lives.
8. Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden
Okay, so this one may seem counter-intuitive for a book that’s supposed to be about productivity, but Rory Vaden promises that his five-step model will help you get more done while feeling less tired.
By learning to eliminate, automate, delegate, consolidate—and, yes, procrastinate—you can up your game, do meaningful work, and ditch the stress of deadlines and too many tasks to manage at once. You’ll learn how sometimes procrastination and learning to say ‘no’ can help you experience less stress and anxiety.
9. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
The Power of Less will show you how to streamline your life by helping you to identify the essential and eliminate the unnecessary so you can focus on what really matters to you.
Learn how to break down any goal into manageable tasks, hone your focus, and increase your efficiency so you can work less while working smarter and more productively.
10. Read Better Faster by Debbie Drum
No matter your profession, chances are you need to read something every day, whether it’s an email, business letter, or instructions. Just think how much more productive your day could be if you cut your time spent reading down to a third!
Debbie Drum promises to help you do just that. With her proven techniques, you’ll learn how to triple your reading speed and comprehension without speed reading, skimming, or skipping, which will help you become more productive in virtually every area of your life.
11. The One Thing by Gary Keller
Most of us would love to have fewer distractions and less stress while having more income, greater productivity, and more time with our families. In The One Thing, Gary Keller will show you how you can have it all.
Learn how to achieve better results in less time, dial down the stress, and cut through the clutter so you can live a happier, productive, and more fulfilling life.
12. Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam
Laura Vanderkam believes that in order to get more done, we first have to feel that we have all the time in the world. She explains that the reason we often feel constantly behind is because we feel beaten down by all the time we just don’t seem to have.
With Off the Clock, you’ll learn the seven principles that “time-free” people have adopted, as well as how you can feel calm on even your busiest of days so you can get more done without feeling overwhelmed.
Get More Done
With the right mindset, you can achieve so much more than you ever thought possible.
Start by studying one of these productivity books to learn how some little changes can lead to big results at work and at home.
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