Top Productivity and Time Management Books
We all need a bit of inspiration or advice now and then, but particularly productivity and time management books can make such a difference to our lives when we are sinking with multiple tasks and to-do lists.
If you are looking to get insights on how to improve your productivity, and overall how to be more efficient in your personal or professional life then check out the following books.
You might also want to check out my best books resources page for more productivity books, and the following best books blog posts: 21 Self-Help Books That Changed My Life Forever and 11 Best Reincarnation Books of All Time.
The following are my favorite productivity and time management books.
1. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management, by Kevin Kruse
This book made my 21 Self-Help Books That Changed My Life Forever because it is a gem.
This is what I wrote about it:
I wish I had found 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management a lot sooner in my accounting career. It would have saved me a lot of time and stress.
Kruse explains the productivity habits of seven billionaires, 13 Olympic athletes, 29 straight-A students, and 239 entrepreneurs.
In this book you will learn a myriad of things: how to identify your real priorities, how to work reasonable hours, how to conquer social media distractions, and much more.
This book makes the top 21 in this post because not only it is super interesting and well written, but because we live in a society where nobody seems to have time to do anything anymore.
Most of my friends and family (including myself) are overwhelmed with things they would like to accomplish but we don’t due to lack of time and not being well organized.
A great resource for modern life.
2. Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results, by Stephen Guise
If you are afraid of making changes because they are too big of a task then read this book. It builds on the premise that to make long-lasting changes you only need to make small tiny daily changes in the direction of your dreams.
For example, if you want to read more just target to read two pages a day; if you want to exercise more just do a few sit-ups a day. That’s it, it is all about starting. It might sound too simplistic but somehow we complicate things when there is no need.
I don’t want to oversimplify his ideas. Go ahead and read it. This book is truly transformational.
3. Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM), by Hal Elrod
This is the first book I read of this author and I loved it.
The Miracle Morning will show you how you can transform your life with a powerful morning routine.
I personally use his tips throughout the day because it suits me better, but if you read the Amazon reviews you will see amazing transformational stories of people who implemented it in the morning and lead to great things.
Don’t be put off thinking you are not a morning person. His tips can be used at any time of the day although I really believe he provides a powerful morning routine. Read it, you will be glad you did.
4. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey
What a classic. This book has sold millions of copies and it is clear why, after implementing the lessons you can have breakthroughs in both your personal and professional life.
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This book guides you through 7 habits:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First To Understand Then Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw
A great book for your library.
5. The One Thing: The Surprising Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
This book has just one premise, do the one thing that really matters. If you want more productivity or satisfaction from your life you should concentrate your own thing that you want to accomplish above all else.
It might sound simplistic but the book teaches a lot of common sense.
The publisher said it perfectly:
In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal * dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life–work, personal, family, and spiritual.
I loved the power of less. Less is more. This is a different perspective to some other productivity books.
6. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, by Tim Ferriss
When I received this book I was immediately overwhelmed. 736 pages long! I love reading but that felt like it was a bit too much. However, the book turned out to be so good that I could not miss it for this post.
You will learn much more than just productivity tips.
Tim Ferris, the author, interviewed more than 200 world-class performers in his podcast, and this book is a summary of the best of the best advice they all gave him around productivity, morning routines, meditations, and endless topics.
Top advice by top world performers. Another great resource for your library.
7. Eat that frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, by Brian Tracy
This book will show you how to stop procrastinating and get things done.
I really needed to read this book, I find it very easy to procrastinate.
If you are wondering why the title, this is what he writes: “There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to 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.
Tracy provides 21 ways to stop procrastinating and get more done. A great read.
8. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear
Disclaimer… I’m currently reading this book (02/29/2020).
I haven’t finished it but I love it so far and I can see is going to have a great impact on my life. I will update this post as soon as I finish it.
9. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
Last but certainly not least, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is amazing.
You might argue that decluttering does not increase productivity, but it really does! It is amazing how much you can accomplish when you are not blinded by clutter and a chaotic environment. Even small subtle changes make a difference.
Kondo explains that the key to happiness is to keep the things that bring us joy personally and to discard the rest. The idea is that we concentrate on what we want to keep.
She has six rules for tidying up, which I thought were very clever and that worked well for me.
I explained the power of uncluttering in 20 Proven Tools To Manifest Your Dreams blog post.
This is partly what I wrote:
You might be wondering what your house has to do with anything. How can the cleanliness and tidiness of your house be relevant to finding happiness, manifesting a partner, getting your dream job, or attaining peace of mind?
Well, it has a lot to do with it.
In a study called Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex published by the Journal of Neuroscience on January 12 2011, researchers found that when our environment is cluttered, the visual chaos restricts our ability to focus, and our brain is unable to process information easily because the clutter is too distracting.
When we clear our clutter, we clear our mind.
Having a serene, peaceful home alleviates feelings of agitation and restlessness that the clutter precipitates in our brain. Maintaining an uncluttered, peaceful home can make us feel more energetic and relaxed at the same time.
Most people feel better in an uncluttered environment.
The things that are more in harmony with who we are now will more easily flow into our lives. Our physical body also reacts to our environment.
Although it is very good to follow every step we can to do our inner work and feel better in the process, it is equally important to choose a living environment that supports our new vibration.
Clean up your space and see your life change!