The 10 Best Productivity Books to Read in 2019
Productivity and self-help books have become widely popular during the last decade, especially since the advent of blogs, podcasts and more. The market is so saturated that it could be overwhelming to choose what to read first. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve put together a list of 10 of the best productivity books out there, plus 3 honorable mentions for more recent publications. We really hope you enjoy our list.
1. Getting Things Done
Author: David Allen
First published more than fifteen years ago, Getting Things Done (or GTD) has become one of the most popular productivity books on the market. It's your guidebook for an effective way to approach and manage your professional and personal tasks. Allen has entirely rewritten the book in 2015, adding new material to make it more relevant and fresh. David also released a Teens edition.
Francesco’s thoughts on GTD:
2. Eat That Frog!
Author: Brian Tracy
As the title suggests, the book will provide you 21 of the most effective methods and techniques to beat procrastination, helping you to achieve and accomplish more. The updated edition also includes actionable tips about technology.
One of Carl Pullein’s favourites.
3. Deep Work
Author: Cal Newport
In this book professor Cal Newport celebrates the power of focused work, explaining how and why we should aim for Deep Work vs Shallow Work and presenting a disciplined series of rules to transform your mind and habits in order to be able to master this skill. An indispensable guide to anyone who's looking for a more effective way to live in a distracted world.
One Alex Ikonn’s list.
5. The 4-Hour Workweek
Author: Timothy Ferris
Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world. Tim Ferris will teach you how to craft your best lifestyle possible in order to do what matters, live wherever you want and escape the 9-5 life.
Francesco’s 4hr Work Week thoughts:
7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author: Stephen Covery
Covey's book, considered one of the most inspiring ones ever written, has guided whole generations of readers during the last 25 years. Its step-by-step pathway will help you to adapt to change and to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
8. The Power Of Less
Author: Leo Babauta
Modern life is constantly bombarded by countless distractions coming from every corner and preventing us to accomplish even the simpler tasks. This book will demonstrate how to identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary in order to streamline your life and focus on your goals.
Leo’s Blog is worth a visit!
10. The 12 Week Year
Authors: Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
This book is a guide to redefining your year to a 12-month execution cycle, creating focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. Suitable for both individuals and organizations looking for a way to improve their execution effectiveness.
BONUS: recently released books
Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
Authors: Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
The perfect book for anyone seeking more hours in a day, it will help you stop passively reacting to the demands of the modern world and start intentionally making time for the things that matter.
Francesco’s MakeTime thoughts:
Author: James Clear
The author teaches how to make time for new habits in your busy life, how to overcome a lack of motivation, and get back on track. The book will make you rethink the way you see progress and success giving you the tools and strategies to transform your habits.
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