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My obsession with productivity began in junior high, when my mother worked for a popular day planner company. It continued after having kids when life got busy and I really needed some tools to help me manage everything. In this article, I’ll share the productivity books that have truly changed my life and helped me to create my own personal time management systems. Don’t get overwhelmed – these books are easy reads and will make a huge difference.
Below are Some of the Best Productivity Books to Read
THE CLASSIC!! This book is my #1 recommendation for anyone looking to find a productivity method that will work. If you manage projects and often feel overwhelmed this book is for you. It also makes a great gift for your spouse, coworkers, or boss.
David Allen created the Getting Things Done method (GTD) It breaks down your projects into manageable tasks so you always know what to do next to make progress.
The GTD method is broken into five groups: Capture, Clarify, Organise, Reflect and Engage. These steps help you gather all of your tasks, prioritize them, get organized, and get things done. This book has helped me take control and always know what to do next.
This was one of my TOP READS in 2019. If you are looking for an excellent resource to help you create habits that stick, pick up this book today! James Clear gives you practical tips to help you create and stick with new habits. It’s an easy read and one of my favorite books to recommend.
Another great book on habits. Charles Duhigg does a deep dive into how our brains work and why habits are so important. I learned a lot from this book and would recommend it if you’ve already read Atomic Habits and want to dig a little deeper.
You know I love a good planner, but did you know that for YEARS I used the Bullet Journal method instead of a typical planner?? I even revert back to this method when life gets ultra-busy and I need to really focus. Ryder Carrol is the creator of the bullet journal, he has inspired millions to try his method and the success stories are everywhere. Just look up #bujo on Instagram and you’ll see just how popular (and fun!) this organizing/planning method can be.
This book changed the way I manage my mornings. I’ve been able to create systems in my day that enable me to get more done. His ideas will help you stay focused in a distracting world. He presents 4 rules that are easy to understand and implement!
This book was the catalyst to help me create my perfect morning routine.
If you are just beginning to work on improving your Productivity, I highly recommend starting with the first book on my list, Getting Things Done. This book is really the foundation for my productivity systems. I hope you found these books helpful to get you focused on improving your time management!