8 Must-Read Books on Time Management and Productivity

8 Must-Read Books on Time Management and Productivity

Whether you are in your home or at the office, during these times a lot of people struggle to manage their working hours properly. When did you take your last break? Do you have trouble focusing? Do you spend all day in Zoom calls? We've collected eight exciting books that share advice and strategies around deep-work, time management, and productivity that will help you in your work as well as personal life.

Deep Work

Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
by Cal Newport

Why read?

Who should read this book? Deep work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy.

304 pages, Grand Central Publishing 2016

Essentialism

Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown

Why read?

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

272 pages, Currency 2014

Make Time

Make Time

How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky

Why read?

As creators of Google Ventures’ renowned “design sprint,” Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products from Gmail to YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own habits and routines, looking for ways to help people optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they’ve packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days. Make Time is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, it offers a customizable menu of bite-size tips and strategies that can be tailored to individual habits and lifestyles.

Make Time isn’t about productivity, or checking off more to-dos. Nor does it propose unrealistic solutions like throwing out your smartphone or swearing off social media. Making time isn’t about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it’s about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction.

304 pages, Currency 2018

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by 

Why read?

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations across the world. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Stephen Covey’s cherished classic commemorates his timeless wisdom, and encourages us to live a life of great and enduring purpose.

432 pages, Simon & Schuster 2013

The Productivity Project

The Productivity Project

Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
by Chris Bailey

Why read?

A fresh, personal, and entertaining exploration of a topic that concerns all of us: how to be more productive at work and in every facet of our lives. The Productivity Project — and the lessons Chris learned — are the result of that year-long journey. Among the counterintuitive insights Chris Bailey will teach you: · slowing down to work more deliberately; · shrinking or eliminating the unimportant; · the rule of three; · striving for imperfection; · scheduling less time for important tasks; · the 20-second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions; · and the concept of productive procrastination.

304 pages, Currency 2017

Indistractable

Indistractable

How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
by Nir Eyal

Why read?

In his new book Nir Eyal — the author of the Product Management classic “Hooked” — reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more. Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.

300 pages, BenBella Books 2019

The Bullet Journal Method

The Bullet Journal Method

Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future
by Ryder Carroll

Why read?

The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It’s about what Carroll calls “intentional living”: weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It’s about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things. His new book shows you how to… * Track the past: Using nothing more than a pen and paper, create a clear and comprehensive record of your thoughts. * Order the present: Find daily calm by tackling your to-do list in a more mindful, systematic, and productive way. * Design the future: Transform your vague curiosities into meaningful goals, and then break those goals into manageable action steps that lead to big change.

320 pages, Portfolio 2018

Atomic habits

Atomic habits

An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
by James Clear

Why read?

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving — every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results.

320 pages, Avery 2018