Every time an entrepreneur starts a business, they want to win the race against time. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, we also have to improve our willpower and be more disciplined. There will be a lot of things that will stop us from getting things done if we don’t.
Because I love to read, I’ve found that the best way to improve my time management and productivity skills has been to read books. Online or in the store, it can be hard to find literature that can help you live a more fruitful life. This is why I’ve made it easier for you to make a decision by giving you the 15 best time management and productivity books that have ever been written. I hope this helps!
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was first published in 1989. It’s often thought to be the best book to read if you want to be more productive both at work and at home. It focuses on making new habits so that you can stay on track instead of getting rid of bad habits. Most importantly, write down your goals and priorities.
Covey talks about putting rocks, pebbles, and sand in a jar to help you figure out what’s important. If you start by putting the small things, like pebbles or sand, the rocks won’t be able to fit. You can put the smaller things around them in the jar if you start with a rock. In this quote, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your scheduling app, but to schedule your most important things.”
“How to Stop Procrastinating: A Simple Guide to Mastering Difficult Tasks and Breaking the Procrastination Habit” by S.J. Scott
It’s possible that this is the only book you’ll need to read if you’re having trouble with procrastination. How to Stop Procrastinating is an easy-to-follow guide that uses a specific framework to help you become more focused on getting things done. This isn’t the only thing Scott talks about. He talks about how he overcame procrastination and explains why we don’t get things done quickly.
Personally, I thought this book was easy to read. The advice given isn’t too complicated. It just tells you to do this, then do this, and then do that. You might not be as successful as you could be if you’re someone who always puts things off. This bad habit is hurting you in many different ways.” If you don’t deal with this, you’ll make it less likely that you’ll achieve your main goals.”
“Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” by Brian Tracy
If you’re still procrastinating, Eat That Frog! should help you get over that hump and move on. “Eat a live frog the first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day,” Mark Twain said. Author Brian Tracy talks about why and how you should do your most difficult task in the morning. Tracy also talks about how to set goals, get organized, use the “Law of Three,” and apply the 80/20 Rule to time management.
“You can only get control of your time and your life if you change how you think, work, and deal with the never-ending river of responsibilities that flows over you every day.” You can only get in charge of your tasks and activities if you stop doing some things and start spending more time on the few things that can make a big difference in your life.”
“The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferriss
There is a step-by-step guide to how anyone can start making a monthly five-figure income by only working The 4-Hour Workweek for four hours a week. Then you can live the life you want and not be part of the daily rat race. This way, you won’t have to be just another person in the race.
if this sounds too good to be true, Ferriss has more than 50 practical tips and real-life examples in his book. They show how you can live more and work less. To be a winner, you must be able to stop things that don’t work.
“Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life” by Dr. Jason Selk and Tom Bartow
Written by Dr. Jason Selk, who is the mental training director for the St. Louis Cardinals and is also the business coach for Tom Bartow’s Organize Tomorrow Today, this book lists the eight best ways to improve your business. When you focus on process goals, you’ll be able to make the most of your time and break bad habits. “Greatness is built on consistently doing things that other people can’t or won’t do.” As a simple example, success isn’t about being smart. Consistency is what it’s all about.”
“Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen
The book “Getting Things Done” came out in 2001. Since then, it has become one of the most important business books ever written. It’s also thought to be the best book for organizing your own life. Allen has changed the book a lot over the years, but the main idea hasn’t changed. When you have a clear mind, you can organize your thoughts, come up with new ideas, and work more quickly.
“To get things done, you need to figure out (1) what “done” means and (2) what “doing” looks like (outcome).” Check out these other tips: 5 Tips to Improve Focus and Get Things Done
“Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport
What is “deep work,” and what does it mean? Cal Newport, an author and professor, says that “professional activities done with no distractions that push your cognitive abilities to their limit.” These efforts add value, improve your skills, and are hard to copy. Because we live in a more and more distracted world, it’s hard to get into this flow. You can learn how to change your mind and habits by reading Newport’s book.
When you want to be at your best, you need to focus on one thing for a long time and not be distracted by other things.
“Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day” by Jake Zeratsky and John Knapp
Even though this collection came out in September 2018, I already think it’s a classic. I really liked Zeratsky and Knapp’s “Make Time” because it was so friendly and original. There are many ways to make sure that you spend all of your time and energy on one thing each day. A key quote: “Believe in your Highlight: It’s more important than a bunch of random things that happen.”
“168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” by Laura Vanderkam
There are 168 hours in a week. How can some people get the most out of this time? Laura Vanderkam is a best-selling author who draws from the real-life stories of people who are successful and happy. Vanderkam found that they find creative ways to make time for the important things.
People who say they’re overworked actually work less than they think they do, and a lot of the ways people work are very inefficient. This is the main quote. Calling something “work” doesn’t mean it’s important or that it has to happen.
“The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right” by Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande, a best-selling author, says that because we have so much information around us, we’re more likely to fail. The answer is: Make a Checklist Manifesto. Gawande tells a lot of interesting stories to show what checklists are, what they aren’t, and how they can help you get things done.
Key quote: “We are surrounded by simple problems. Checklists can protect us.”
“Surge: Your Guide to Put Any Idea Into Action” by Matt Kane, Steve Garguilo and Sergiy Skoryk
Many of us have ideas that we’re really excited about. Unfortunately, we hold on to these ideas and wait for the “perfect” time or chance to act. The truth is that there is no right time. “Surge” will show you how to make your ideas come to life.
If you want something different, you need to do something different. Time to do something.
“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
This book by Charles Duhigg, a well-known business reporter, is full of interesting stories and scientific findings that help people understand how habits work, how to change existing patterns, and how to start new habits. Our good habits help us do more than we ever thought we could. The Power of Habit is a book that everyone should read.
“The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t get rid of bad habits, but you can change them.”
“Time Warrior: How to Defeat Procrastination, People-pleasing, Self-doubt, Over-commitment, Broken Promises and Chaos” by Steve Chandler
Time Warrior is a smart and easy-to-read book that tells people to become “non-linear.” People-pleasing and fear won’t be able to hold you back when you do this. Consequently, you’ll want to focus on the big picture. This will make you want to focus on the big picture.
This is the main quote: “Taking action is the answer.”
“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown
To be more productive, I think you need to know which things are important and which aren’t. If you want to know how to prioritize your tasks and get rid of the things that aren’t important, Essentialism can help you figure it out.
“Essentialism is not about how to do more things; it’s about how to do the right things.” It doesn’t mean just cutting back for the sake of cutting back. It’s about making the best use of your time and energy so that you can work at your highest level of contribution by only doing what’s important.
Almost the same: Discipline is what leads to success.
“15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management- The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs” by Kevin Kruse
Author and entrepreneur Kevin Kruse asked 200 people who were very successful at their jobs, in sports, or in school: “What is your number one productivity secret?”