Although there are many books on productivity, it is hard to rank them, because they all offer very different insights.
Some books are meant to guide you through specific tasks and areas of your life, while others will help you develop habits and mindset that will help you achieve your goals.
One thing is certain, when we change our mindset, change our lifestyle, and change the way we look at certain tasks, we will see a positive change.
So without further ado, here are the top books on how to be more productive.
#1. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
Written by Stephen R. Covey, the book is recommended by many entrepreneurs and businesses as a roadmap for achieving success.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is broken down into four main principles:
S – Stick To Your Priorities; A – Account For any time, Anywhere, Anywhere Communication; E – Expect Excellence; P – Promote, Procrastinate, Pursue, Perfect.
The principles are important and embody the spirit of productivity.
They lead to our highest self-interest and bring happiness to those around us. I highly recommend reading it.
#2. “The Side Hustle Survival Guide”
This book is one of the most honest and well-written books I have ever read.
It is the story of three entrepreneurs, who start selling products online in their spare time.
Readers will learn the secrets to getting started and growing side business, while also understanding the pitfalls and stresses that can be associated with starting a business on your own.
#3. “Thinking, Fast and Slow”
This book, written by Daniel Kahneman, uses behavioral science to show how our brain processes information and decisions.
What this book teaches us is that most of the time, we make decisions based on a small number of “small picture” variables, rather than looking at the bigger picture.
If you would like to read more about this, I highly recommend reading “Thinking, Fast and Slow” as well.
#4. “The War of Art”
One of my favorite books on productivity and creativity is The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield.
This book challenges the notion that we can easily create anything we set our minds to.
It is based on the premise that we often approach challenges and creative work with all the wrong assumptions, most of which are rooted in insecurity, lack of motivation, and frustration.
#5. “Work Less, Achieve More”
The primary premise of this book is that many people spend more time working than they do enjoy life.
Therefore, this book advocates taking more time to enjoy life and not always reacting to the latest event in our day-to-day life.
This is a fairly self-explanatory book. However, the core message here is to enjoy the present moment.
#6. “The 4-Hour Workweek”
This book, written by Tim Ferriss, explains the journey of how he became one of the most prolific entrepreneurs of all time.
Tim shares his insider tips and tricks on how to build an empire.
The central message of this book is to not live a life based on a schedule and plan, but rather, to take as much time as you need to create the life you desire.
#7. “The 4-Hour Chef”
This book is the complete opposite of the previous book.
It is packed with interviews with world-renowned chefs, who explain the exact steps they take to cook delicious meals in less than four hours.
For anyone interested in developing recipes and expanding their cooking skills, I highly recommend reading this book.
#8. “Practical Timelines”
A key part of my writing process is writing to-do lists.
The main purpose of these lists is to guide my day-to-day tasks and help me break down what I need to do.
However, one aspect of this is to keep me on track. I need to be able to see the list at the top of my screen, whenever I am working on a project.
This way, I know how many tasks I have left to complete.
This book gives the ability to create a timeline using templates, which anyone can use to generate their own to-do lists and track their projects.
#9. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the best books on productivity I have ever read.
One of the key messages in this book is that the very first habit is to keep your priorities in order.
By this, you avoid putting off activities and tasks and can focus on the essential ones.
Another key point in this book is that successful people can learn from failure and accept it as a part of their journey.
By doing so, you will learn from the mistakes that you make, rather than allowing the mistakes to define you.
#10. “First, Break All the Rules”
This is an excerpt from a book that teaches you how to break all the rules and still achieve success.
The key message of this book is to break all the rules that we have created to hinder us from doing the things that we want to do.
This is a must-read for anyone dissatisfied with the traditional method of achieving success.
#11. “The Decluttering Diet”
In this book, this author gives several suggestions on how to live a better life, without spending a ton of money.
This book recommends that you give away as much stuff as you have in your house.
Some of the activities that you can do include organizing your digital life, de-cluttering your spaces, and collecting and selling items in your community to earn money.
#12. “The Story of Productivity”
This book is one of the most important books for people who are in their 20s or 30s.
This book highlights the key points on how to be productive in your 20s and 30s.
The author shares some of the following points: focus on the one thing that really matters, forget about making everything perfect, focus on learning instead of doing, and don’t make things personal.