The 10 Best Productivity Books to Read in 2019

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.

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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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

Francesco’s thoughts on GTD:

What a classic! I first read this when I was 16 and it still helps me today, almost 10 years later. Perfect for working out how to capture and move forward with a task.
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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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

One of Carl Pullein’s favourites.

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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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

One Alex Ikonn’s list.

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4. The Power of Habit

Author: Charles Duhigg

In this book, the author explores the science that explains how habits can be built and changed, teaching how to actively put into practice these methods in your daily life.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

A notable favourite of Thomas Frank.

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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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

Francesco’s 4hr Work Week thoughts:

Helped me with scaling things. The frameworks that Tim puts in place are really useful if you’re looking to start any type of business to avoid too much workload.
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6. The Productivity Project

Author: Chris Bailey

The author explains how to be more productive at work but also in every aspect of your life sharing his lessons learned during a year-long journey performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

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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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

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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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

Leo’s Blog is worth a visit!


9. The One Thing

Author: Gary Keller

In this book, the author explains how to overcome the six lies that block our success, beat the seven thieves that steal time, and leverage the laws of purpose, priority, and productivity.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK


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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

BONUS: recently released books

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The Bullet Journal Method

Author: Ryder Carroll

Bullet Journal inventor Ryder Carroll shares what he calls "intentional living", spending more time with what you care about and working on fewer things.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

Alice’s thoughts on the BuJo book:

Alice breezed through this during her birthday weekend and loved it!
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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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

Francesco’s MakeTime thoughts:

Possibly one of my all-time top 5 non-fiction books. MakeTime made such an impact at the right time for me. The visuals in the book help and the process outlined will help you keep focused.
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Atomic Habits

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.

Where to get it: Amazon US or UK

On my Audible right now. Only 1hr left and loving it. James Clear brings the best of habit research into a recommended process for adopting, sticking to and enhancing habits.

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