We are all looking for more effective ways to get things done. While there is no substitute for real hard work, these books on productivity can make the process easier for readers. It’s true that filtering through productivity hacks take much less time than reading an entire book. But truth be told, books will always be more effective. The ideas, inspiration, strategies and action points prescribed in these books have been followed by some of the most successful business leaders of the world.
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So, here’s the list of the best productivity books that you can swear by:
The 80/20 Principle: The secret to achieving more with less – Richard Koch
According to the Pareto Principle, only 20 per cent of your efforts lead to 80 per cent of your results. The remaining 80 per cent of your efforts aren’t that effective actually!
Richard Koch takes this principle into account and goes on to explain how you can achieve more with less (resources, time and effort) mainly by identifying and focusing on that crucial 20 per cent of the effort. With the help of a beautiful narration, he elucidates why it is important to do more of the right stuff—not just more work in general.
Eat that Frog – Brian Tracy
Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” This book is based exactly on this idea. This book by Brian Tracy is a productivity Bible. It will help you fight personal obstacles that keep you from reaching your full potential. It throws light on how prioritising and organising everything will help you not just save time but also get more work done. It also includes wise snippets about optimism, attitude, service, energising your day, clarifying your goals, creating healthy habits and making a contribution to your family, community and career without necessarily spending more time on them.
The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande is no ordinary author. A renowned surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he knows what it means for professionals to deal with the ever-growing complexity of their responsibilities and how to fight this complexity. Gawande believes the battle can be won using the simplest productivity technique known to humans: the checklist. The Checklist Manifesto is an intellectual adventure that talks about the checklist revolution with the help of real success stories that demonstrate the power of checklists. The best thing about this book is its simple, yet engaging, narrative, one that even people who are averse to self-help books might just fall in love with.
The Power of Less – Leo Babauta
According to the author, The Power of Less promises to show you how to break any goal down into manageable tasks, focus on only a few tasks at a time, create new and productive habits, hone your focus and increase your efficiency. By setting limits for yourself and making the most of the resources you already have, you’ll finally be able to work less and work smarter, focusing on living the life that you deserve. Leo Babauta is the creator of Zen Habits, a blog that will help you clear the clutter of your chaotic lives and find happiness and mindfulness in minimalism.
Find the book that inspires you the most and enjoy the process of productivity. What productivity book do you swear by? Let us know in the comments section below.