Best books to be more productive

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There are a plethora of books on becoming more productive. So many in fact that people procrastinate deciding on a book to read on procrastination!

Over the years I have read dozens and dozens of these books. Although they all present roughly the same ideas, there are still a few that I think are a cut above the rest.

The five books below are what I consider some of the best. Either for the originality of their ideas or, the ease in which the ideas are presented.

If you find you don't know where to start on taking control of your life, give one of these books a try.

I guarantee it will change your life!

Power of Habits

by Charles Duhigg

One of the first books I read on habits and productivity I ever read.

Duhigg uses his expertise working as an award-winning writer for the New York Times, to investigate how habits form, and what we can do to change them.

“Habits are powerful but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts. They shape our lives far more than we realize—they are so strong, in fact, that they cause our brains to cling to them at the exclusion of all else, including common sense.” Charles Duhigg

The first few chapters are the most useful but the rest of the book is filled with great examples to back up his work and motivate you.

If you feel like your bad habits are what is killing your habits, this is the book for you.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen Covey

One of the classic books on productivity and habits. At one point it seemed everyone from CEOs to students had a copy of this book on their bookshelves.

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Stephen Covey

This book is a complete method for sorting out both your work and life. If you feel like you are a bit lost in life and need a compass as well as a system to achieve it, Seven Habits can provide the guidance you need.

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Eat That Frog

by Brian Tracey

Tracey's book isn't filled with any real groundbreaking stuff. However, the accessibility and ease of reading make this the perfect book for beginners.

“One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not be done at all.” Brian Tracey

Tracy breaks down his method into 21 easy-to-digest tips that Tracy himself used to achieve his success.

If you are looking for an easy-to-read book that helps motivate you, this is the one.

The Power of Less

by Leo Babauta

Known for his blog Zen Habits, Babauta compresses what he has learned over the years on his website into a concise and easily manageable book.

“It shows others that your time is important. When we try to take on everything that comes our way, the people around us get the message that their time is more important than ours, that we’ll say yes to whatever requests they have. If, however, we have firm limits on what we do, we send the message that we value our time and our priorities. Others will value your time in return.” Leo Babauta

If you are looking for a book that goes beyond trying to become more productive, and want to understand why it is actually important in the first place, this is the book for you.

Adding in a healthy dosage of Babuata's Zen-like philosophies creates an all-around winner of a book.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

A list of books about becoming more productive wouldn't be complete without a mention of David Allen's work.

Lauded as the Bible of productivity, this book seems to be on everyone's productivity list. and it is easy to see why.

“Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation, but it's not because of the vacation itself. What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip? You clean up, close up, clarify, and renegotiate all your agreements with yourself and others. I just suggest that you do this weekly instead of yearly.” David Allen

Allen sets up a customizable framework to centralize all the loose to-dos and nagging tasks into one system that ensures all the important tasks are done.

If there was one book I would have to suggest over all others it would be this.

Be warned though, although his system is amazing, it takes hard work and discipline to set up!

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