Do you want to be more productive but don’t know what the right material to read to achieve that? To set you on your way to achieving this goal, I will be reviewing 7 inspiring books on productivity in this article
7 Inspiring Books On Productivity.
1. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People By Stephen Covey
Have you ever wanted to know the habits of highly successful people that sets them apart from others? In searching for an answer to this question, a good place to start is the book, The 7 habits of highly effective people. This book does a good job of breaking down the habits of highly effective people.
These habits are necessary for people who want to manage themselves personally (private victory) and lead others (public victory). Essentially, through the use of the experiences of the writer and other persons, the book walks you through 7 habits of highly effective people.
I highly recommend this because it is very practical oriented. At the end of each chapter, application suggestions are given to a reader to assist that person quickly apply the habits to their life. This gives the reader an idea on how to apply the habits in their lives.
2. The 4 Hour Workweek By Tim Ferris
Is it even possible? How can you work only 4 hours a week? In fact, how can you work only 4 hours a week and become a millionaire? Why don’t I just do it the way everyone else does it? There are already doubts in your mind. This is what this book seeks to address by attempting to show you an alternative way to ‘get rich’.
It may seem then that this book deals more about success and money rather than productivity. Well that is not entirely true because this book talks about key ideas in being productive. These two ideas are elimination and automation.
With regards to elimination, the book emphasizes the need to stop doing unimportant things even at work. For automation, the book advises that you outsource some of your work. These are key viewpoints that the author highlights.
This book is clearly a paradigm shift and reading it will give you more knowledge on how to be productive while making more money as well. Good luck!
3. The Power Of Less By Leo Babauta
The other books I have reviewed in this article made a mention of having priorities and eliminating non-essential things? They form just a small part of the subject matter to those books. A good book that takes an in depth of priorities and elimination of unimportant things is the Power of Less by Leo Babauta.
In this book, Leo Babauta talks about how to set limits, choose and focus on essentials and how to apply these ideas to form habits. He also recommends that you tackle problems one at a time instead of multitasking. Babauta also gives practical applications of these principles when it comes to handling projects, emails and filing.
From the title, you may think that this book may also tackle a bit of minimalism. It doesn’t treat the subject of cutting down lifestyle excesses which is a bit of a disappointment. Nonetheless, it is worth a read.
4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Habits are very integral to our productivity as humans. Having bad habits may in one or another lead to bad health which may affect our quality of life and our health.
Having good habits on the other hand will lead to a much happier life in general. How do we stop bad habits and adopt new ones? How do we identify patterns of our habits in the first place?
To answer the above questions and many more questions about habits, a book I recommend you read is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
This book provides key insights into the concept of habit loop. This habit loop is a three step process which comprises cue, routine and reward. Another key takeaway is that to change bad habits, you have to essentially replace them with new and good habits.
A final lesson from this is the importance of keystone habit. A keystone habit refers to a habit that has a positive impact on many areas of our life. The goal then is to develop such keystone habits like reading or exercising.
The book gives real life examples and stories to clearly elucidate points.
5. The Desire Map by Danelle Laporte
The Desire Map takes a more nuanced approach to goal setting. Instead of walking you through a step by step goal setting strategy, it emphasizes the role of desires in setting goals. This is a seismic shift because the subject of desires in goal setting was really underexplored or untouched.
In essence, what this book address is how to align your goals and your desires. Just think about your goals for a second. You want to be a millionaire, have a stable marriage. You want to be a good wife. What is the relevance of these goals if how they make you feel isn’t taken into consideration? The book talks about your core desired feelings.
The book urges the reader to pay attention to their feelings when taking life’s important decisions. So in setting the goal to be rich think about how that makes you feel as well. Furthermore, the book shows the reader how to use your feelings to determine which goals not to pursue.
The book has exercises designed to help you work out your desire map for yourself.
6. Getting Things Done. The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen
Have you ever been overwhelmed by the tasks that you are supposed to do that you forget to do something urgent? Was it wishing someone a happy birthday? Or rescheduling an appointment? Or just telling a loved one that you would be home late?
Many times, it is difficult to keep track of the many assignments and jobs that you are yet to complete. A very good guide to this problem is the book “Getting Things Done. The Art of Stress Free Productivity” by David Allen.
To be able to be present, effective and creative in our day to day interactions, our minds must be freed for us to have ideas. If we are then in a constant state of stress, how can we be productive? The book provides a Getting Things Done (GTD) system which involves capturing, processing, organizing, reviewing and engaging.
The book is a useful guide for anyone be it working professionals, parents or students.
7. Linchpin. Are You Indispensable? By Seth Godin
In an ever-changing world, where companies are laying off workers day in day out, how does this make you feel? You may feel anxious and afraid. The skills that you acquired may not be relevant in your area of work at present. And the truth of the matter is you might be replaced with a cheaper and more skilled person. How do you avoid this? How do you standout?
The message of the book “LINCHPIN. Are you indispensable?” is quite simple. Don’t be a cog. Be a linchpin. He explains how many of us have been trained to cogs and live in a state of fear of our employers. We never take risks and responsibilities and we don’t express our ideas ever because we are not creative. We work using our lizard brain and from our comfort zones. This is a recipe for disaster if we are not constantly evolving ourselves to be vital in our organizations.
Seth Godin wants us to be linchpins. The book attempts to provide basic principles and values to be linchpins. Decide to be brave and take it upon ourselves to solve problems and lead. We should always produce art, not for monetary reasons. We should do it to give a gift to the world.
If you are serious about improving your productivity, then do well to download any of these books to begin your journey.