You’ve got a lot to do in a day, especially if you’re running your own business. You’ve got to update your social media profiles, send out a new email marketing campaign, respond to customer contact form entries, get ready for that big sale you’re having next week, and the list goes on.
Busy humans have long been looking for ways to get more time out of their day and get more stuff done. Luckily, people are constantly coming up with new tips and tactics that will help you become a more productive person.
You’ve got the mega-popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo to get your home life decluttered and on track. But what about books that can help you become more productive at work?
If you want to get more work done, grow your business, and have time in your day left to just sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, check out these 7 books that will make you more productive.
1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg is a New York Times Best Seller and was named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. This classic book explores how we can change our lives by changing our habits.
Duhigg, an award-winning business reporter, explains that the key to being more productive at work and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Duhigg also says that since writing this book, he’s lost about 30 pounds, he runs every other morning, and he’s much more productive — all thanks to learning how to diagnose his habits, and change them. So, if you want to break your unproductive habits, give this book a read.
2. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
This #1 New York Times Best Seller has taken the world by storm recently. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss is about working less, making more money, and living your dreams, as the title suggests. But you don’t have to shut down your business or quit your 9-5 to make these principals work for you. You can use them to do more in less time, so you have more free time for hammock chillin’.
This step-by-step guide covers topics such as how Ferriss went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week, how to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist, and much more.
3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
This next book isn’t about getting more done in less time, it’s about getting only the right things done. Instant New York Times Best Seller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown teaches you how to eliminate everything that isn’t absolutely essential, so you can focus on the things that matter.
This book is a must-read for any individual, leader, or manager who wants to do less and do it better.
4. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
With more than 1.5 million copies sold, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy, is sure to help you become more productive at work and in your personal life.
Eating that frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging tasks first. This guide is all about how to organize your day so you can conquer those critical tasks efficiently and effectively. With this book, you can master time-management.
5. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen has been called “The Bible of business and personal productivity”. Allen, a veteran coach and management consultant, shares his influential methods for stress-free performance.
This guide covers topics such as how to plan projects as well as get them unstuck, how to reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations, how to feel fine about what you’re not doing, and more.
6. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield will help you overcome the fears, doubts, and insecurities that often occur in our minds when creating something new. This book isn’t just for artists, writers, or bloggers either, it’s for anyone who wants to overcome creative blocks of any kind, such as starting a new business or passion project.
This short guide will help you stop worrying, and start building, making, and creating.
7. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Sometimes, in order to become more productive, you just need a boost of confidence. This book will give it to you, so you can stop doubting yourself and start doing more.
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero is full of inspiring stories, life-changing advice, and easy exercises to help you create the money, relationships, and career you dream of.
These life-changing books will be helpful to anyone who wants to be more productive, whether you’re launching your own business website, trying to get your side-hustle off the ground, or attempting to get more household chores done in a day. So, get reading, and watch your productivity explode.