Posted November 11, 2013 by in Book Lists

Books that Will Help Boost Your Productivity

Life is full of responsibility. Whether it’s finishing a project for work, going through your personal expenses, shopping for groceries, doing laundry, or just trying to find an hour to watch an episode of Breaking Bad before someone ruins the show for you, it’s difficult to do everything. For some, it’s practically impossible.

While being productive may be hard, it is incredibly important. Everyone has things they need to get done, and not getting those things done on time can cause endless amounts of stress that could negatively affect a person’s health. Therefore, it’s time to take initiative and push yourself to be productive. With so many books on the subject available, there is certainly one that will have the answers you need to address your personal difficulties with being productive. Here are a few to give you a taste of what is out there:


1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Now, before digging into this book, I want to address the idea shared by many that self-help books are just not for them. After all, no one likes to admit they need help. However, even if you won’t admit to yourself that your lifestyle could use some fine-tuning, what’s the worst that could happen? The answer: nothing. But the best thing that could happen is that you could actually manage to make some good changes. So think of them not as self-help books, but career services, because they are going to help you balance your job and personal life in ways you never thought possible.

Getting Things Done (GTD) is the sort of book that will really help you make the changes you want to see. This guide provides easy ways to balance your work and life by offering insight into the most efficient ways to get things done. By implementing the many different bits of advice that GTD has to offer, you will feel your stress levels diminish rapidly, as if a door was suddenly unlocked and thrown open, allowing all the negative energies that were building up inside you to get out.

With the many techniques for organizing your day and making the most of your valuable time that GTD provides, you will be able to do all the things you never thought you would ever have time for, such as exercising and relaxing. In time, GTD will not only relieve your stress, but potentially guide you into leading a healthier lifestyle altogether.


2. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

While GTD will help you organize your life, The Power of Habit (TPOH) will help you get your work done even during those times where you lack motivation and drive. This book shows how healthy habits lead people to become productive even during the times it’s most difficult. With TPOH, you will be able to turn doing work into a habit, making it easier to tap into that aspect of yourself and thereby boosting productivity. You might even get some good investment ideas, because you’ll be thinking like a businessperson by the end of it!


3. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

The ONE Thing (TOT) revolutionizes the way we think about our responsibilities by teaching us how to prioritize. Instead of emphasizing ways to maintain an organized and structured schedule, like GTD, TOT shifts the focus onto one specific thing: the most important thing. The book delves into the idea that less is more and explains how focusing solely on the most important thing you have to do will help you to be more productive. While both TOT and GTD are very helpful in guiding readers to manage their time effectively, together they work amazingly, allowing you to not only manage your time but to prioritize as well.


So, push past that fear of being found with a self-help book on your shelf and get started changing your life for the better!

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Courtney Gordner