The Best Books to Help with Productivity
The name sort of explains it all. David Allen shares how to approach being productive but in a way that is not overwhelming or stressful. While it is more technical, it is extremely insightful and you learn how keeping mental clarity all day will ultimately help you get things done! As the author, David Allen, puts it: “your head is for having ideas, not for holding them.”
Have you ever heard the phrase “Work Smarter, Not Harder.”? Well, this book really highlights that. It pushes some ideas to the extreme and teaches you how to outsource some elements of your work so you can have the flexibility to get more done in an efficient manner. This book has caused a lot of controversies since it’s release in 2007 amongst experts but overall the ideas shared in the book are worth considering and it holds information that is still very valuable.
In my opinion, the habits we form are the reason our productivity either skyrockets or drops. Charles Duhigg dives deep into why we form habits, how to form new ones, and how to completely change the ones we have already formed. Getting that perspective and making positive change is sure to help not only your overall mindset but your day-to-day productivity as well!
Speaking of habits, the way one person works may not necessarily work for another. In Daily Rituals, Mason Currey explores the work habits of 161 highly talented and successful people to show that there is no magic, one-size-fits-all way to get work done. In this book, you will get to know the daily habits of creatives such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and even Igor Stravinsky. It is extremely entertaining and a unique perspective on what productivity means.
A “linchpin” is someone who is indispensable to their organisation; who takes intelligent risks, overcomes their mental resistance, and gets more done than everyone else. This book is that kick in the butt we all need from time to time. Seth Godin serves a great reminder to not allow yourself to become dispensable but rather build up your value through your productivity and workflow.
What are your favourite books or ways to help boost productivity? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear from you!
By guest editor,
Alicia (IG: @thebookishpuff)
About the guest editor:
Alicia is currently the resident blogger over at The Bookish Puff and aspiring author. Raised under the southern sun she is a true eternal optimist with a deep love of history, stories, and a shameless addiction to caffeine. When she’s not on the internet writing about books, you can find her baking up a storm in her kitchen, watching true crime documentaries, sipping on coffee while chatting with friends, or getting lost in nature. She currently lives with her boyfriend and two crazy cats in Charleston, South Carolina in the United States.