I’ve read an awful lot of books on the subject of productivity and time management. I believe that reading is powerful and one of the best ways to develop these habits. Read the best books and you plant the seed for some amazing changes in your life.
More than any other books I’ve read, these 4 represent some of the best advice I’ve ever received. Each one has something special to offer that I’ve applied in both my professional and personal life. I’m certain they will bring great value to you.
Grit by Angela Duckworth
The title of this book may fool you. It may sound like the key to increased productivity is to just grind it out and get us much done in a day as you can.
Grit is focused on solving the following question: What separates the average performer from the exceptional performer? Is it grades, parents, or natural talent? The answer may surprise you because it’s none of the above.
After studying thousands of individuals including business executives, athletes, and musicians, Angela Duckworth has cracked the code on how we can apply grit in our own lives. A valuable read no matter what stage of life you find yourself in.
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Focus seems to be the scarcest resource in the world right now. With so many distractions and interruptions, it can be incredibly difficult to zero in on your most important work.
Cal Newport knows a thing or two about focus. As a writer and assistant professor, he has published a great deal of work for someone of his age. But he didn’t just stumble on the ability to be productive by accident.
By looking at some of the most innovative and creative minds of the past, he discovered that our best ideas happen without distraction. In this book, he provides a framework for gaining your focus back and being wildly effective as a result.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Warren Buffet once said that the difference between successful people and very successful people is this: “Very successful people say no to almost everything”. While that may sound selfish, the point he was trying to make is that the most successful people know where to put their focus and attention.
Essentialism is all about doing the right things instead of trying to do everything. Greg McKeown provides some powerful questions to ask so you can help identify your most important work.
We’ve all desired at one point in our life to do more but with less. Essentialism provides excellent food for thought on how this can be achieved and applied in our world of more, more, more!
The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney
When first picking up this book, you might think it’s designed for managers only. But regardless of what your title is, this is the best book you’ll ever read on the subject of goal execution.
Let’s be honest. We often spend too much of our time on planning and strategy. While making a plan is a good thing, executing on that plan is the only way get to the finish line.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution can be applied to both individual and team goals and in any industry or setting you can imagine. If you want the very best chance of achieving your dreams, this book will help you get that much closer.
Reading on a regular basis has so many tangible benefits. It improves your ability to think, apply new ideas, and benefits the lives of those around you. So checkout one of the books listed here and see where they can take you.
Question: What is the best productivity book you’ve ever read? Leave your answer in the comments below.