We are in a constant race against time – with so much we have to do, and so much we aspire to do. But we all get the same time – those 24 hours in the day – to work hard, to achieve and then to rest ourselves so we can continue the same cycle the next day.
People who get things done acquire the ability to understand the mechanics of time and master it. Successful people can get more done at the same time and achieve more. With a magnanimous productivity level, these go-getters can think, act and plan in a way to meet their goals almost effortlessly.
Except, it is not effortless. With some hard work, discipline, and willpower, you can, too, conquer your obstacles and lead a more productive life complete with a sense of achievement.
So, why not hear it from the experts. Ever think how to begin your journey to a more productive life? Here is a list of books that can help you to begin and keep you on track.
If procrastination has gotten the best of you over time, you need to read Eat That Frog today. Luckily, you don’t have to procrastinate to finish it in one go, as it’s a fairly short book featuring 21 techniques to deal with procrastination.
The title of the book is derived from a famous Mark Twain quote, ‘Eat a live frog the first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day’. Frog being the metaphor for your most challenging task.
Throughout the book, Tracy presents readers with ideas and techniques to improve their time management skills and productivity. Rated a solid 4.6, you don’t want to procrastinate to read this one.
As the title suggests, Essentialism presents readers with a systematic way of discerning what matters the most and getting it done. It’s pretty human to get overwhelmed with all the to-dos you have to accomplish during the day. That’s why, Essentialism empowers you to take smarter decisions by identifying where to spend your precious time and energies.
One of the quotes from the book says, ‘his stress went up as the quality of his work went down. It was like he was majoring in minor activities.’ Throughout the book, McKeown discusses the importance of focusing on only the absolutely essential things.
Another 4.6 rated book, give it a read and regain your focus.
The next best productivity book is probably one of the most referred to books when it comes to managing your personal and professional life. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is an interesting take on an individual’s personal and professional habits that help him achieve more. The central focus of the book is not to eliminate bad habits, but develop new ones to stay on track.
The book doesn’t put a barrier on the preferred target audience. Anyone, from top-tiered executive position to a college student, can choose it for personal development. If you’re keen on becoming more productive, this is what you should look forward to as your next read. The 4.5 rating of the book says it all.
Don’t let the title fool you into believing that there are any shortcuts for achieving your goals. The book essentially embodies the implementation of 80/20 principle in your professional life. The idea is that 80% of your productivity comes from 20% of your time, and the rest of 20% of your productivity eats up 80% of your time. Fascinating, isn’t it?
This productivity book is a real treat for readers because Tim uses his own life experiences to guide people about working more efficiently. You can find some solid tips to shape your professional life in a more productive way and that too without draining yourself of all of your energies.
Change the way you do things with this 4.4 rated book.
#5 position in our list of best productivity books goes to The Power of Less. Demonstrating the similar principle of Essentialism, this book also focuses on eliminating the distractions from your life and identifying the essential goals. The central idea of the book revolves around freeing yourself from the overwhelming clutter of unnecessary tasks and how to do less to achieve more.
A simple take on productivity, Babauta presents readers with some practical tips that go beyond fancy philosophical concepts, encouraging readers to identify and reflect on their critical tasks first.
Make the most of the resources you have with this 4.2 rated book and work smarter.
First on our list of the best productivity books is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. With a set of entertaining stories, deliberately paused and resumed throughout the book, Charles Duhigg writes in a fascinating way about how habits work, how to change existing habits and how to create new ones.
Duhigg takes on a case study approach while talking about individuals, social groups and organizations. Focusing on how the right habits can steer your way to higher achievements, this book is a must-read. With a rating of 4.04, you don’t want to miss out on this piece.
The Desire Map is #7 on our list of the best productivity books. In this book, Danielle LaPorte gets to the crux of goal setting – your heart’s desire. She highlights focusing on your innermost feelings that aspire you towards setting goals.
This book shows you a way to use your core feelings as a guidance system for making choices, to accentuate the positive that happens and not disregarding the negative that prevails. All in all, this books helps you regard feelings as road signs so you can feel good while achieving a lot more in life.
Rates as 4.02, this book can change the way you feel – and think.
If you’re looking for less philosophy and more of a hands-on approach to getting things done, this book is for you. David Allen writes to the point starting from taking your to-do-list and turning it into a “got-it-done” list.
Allen takes on a structured approach by giving great examples of how to sort your work through projects, organizing and follow up actions. The idea is to get your ideas out of your head and into implementation. With a rating of 3.99, make sure this book is on your list of the best productivity books.
With a self-explanatory title, Time Warrior: How to defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and chaos by Steve Chandler highlights common mistakes we tend to make in life causing us frequent setbacks. Chandler especially highlights the human factor of people pleasing and self-doubt that result in loss of focus of the bigger picture.
Through a 101-chapter journey, this book helps you create your own, powerful cognitive style by structuring time tracking, multi-tasking, and other behaviors. Rated 3.92, this book should be on your must-read list of the best productivity books.
If you can’t find your answers with the existing systems or feel like you have a better way to approach things, this book is for you. Categorizing the third set of people as Linchpins, these people differ from management and labor and need to find their own ways. Linchpins are mentally resilient people that can get things done through intelligent risks.
Instead of following a certain path, Linchpins create their own, thus, becoming indispensable to their environments. Instead of learning to fit in, this book teaches you to think different. Rated 3.88, this book by Seth Godin is for the Linchpin within you. Linchpin by Seth Godin grabs the 10th spot in this roundup of the best productivity books.