Must-Read Books on Productivity

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Who doesn’t want to be more productive? Whether it just be creating more time for yourself or getting your to-do list done quicker, being productive has a lot of benefits. 

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have challenges, too. It’s easy to find yourself procrastinating or putting off those things you don’t want to do – which really defeats your goal of being more productive. Luckily, people have spent a lot of time studying productivity and how to achieve it – and here are a few books that can help you!

  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
    • Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.
    • Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
    • There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re done with the worst thing you’ll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task—but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.
    • Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively. The core of what is vital to effective time management is: decision, discipline, and determination. And in this fully revised and updated edition, Tracy adds two new chapters. The first explains how you can use technology to remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important. The second offers advice for maintaining focus in our era of constant distractions, electronic and otherwise.
    • This life-changing book will ensure that you get more of your important tasks done today.
  • The Productivity Project: Proven Ways to Become More Awesome by Chris Bailey
    • Nearly all of us want to be more productive, but finding the method that works for you among the hundreds and hundreds of different tips, tricks and hacks can be a daunting prospect. After graduating college, Chris Bailey decided to dedicate a whole year to doing just that – experimenting with as many of the techniques as he could, and finding the things that work. Among the experiments that he undertook are: going several weeks on little to no sleep; cutting out caffeine and sugar; taking a daily siesta; living in total isolation for 10 days; stretching his workweek to 90 hours; and getting up at 5:30 every morning, all the while monitoring the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work. The results were often surprising!
    • This book is the result of Chris’s year-long journey, distilling the lessons he learned into a few core truths about how we get things done (or, indeed, don’t). Among the many counterintuitive insights Chris discovered that had the biggest impact on his productivity were striving for imperfection; scheduling less time for important tasks; the 20 second rule to distract yourself from distractions; and the concept of productive procrastination.
    • In this accessible and fun guide, Chris Bailey offers over 30 tried-and-tested best practices that will help everyone to accomplish more – and become more awesome.

If you’re ready to stop procrastinating and tackle those things on your to-do list in a way that’s going to save you time and energy – then one of these books may help! Filled with proven ways to help you be more productive, you could soon find yourself with more time to do what you love!

***All book descriptions courtesy of Amazon

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