Do you think that the best way to cope with all the tasks is to devote yourself entirely to work? We suggest you take a little distraction, though – to read books that will teach you how to get things done and help you become more productive as a result.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, David Allen
David Allen, one of the preeminent productivity theorists, is worth a start. This is the second edition of his best-selling book “Getting Things Done” – in the author’s own words, completely rewritten to reflect how the world has digitized since the first book came out.
David Allen’s approach to productivity improvement is gentle and gradual. There will be no calls here for a radical “now or never” rearrangement of one’s schedule. David Allen has developed his Getting Things Done methodology, to which his first book is devoted. And while GTD may work for some and not for others, this book is more of a collection of individual tips where everyone can find something for themselves.
First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy, Stephen R. Covey
This book is not so much about performance as it is about listening to yourself. Stephen Covey suggests learning how to prioritize and determine what is essential and put aside for later. Because of this, more quickly move towards an adequately defined goal. After reading the book, your list of crucial things to do is likely to include time with the kids at the top of the list, not writing a work report.
Keep in mind: after this book, you may want to reevaluate your life priorities and quit your time-consuming and unfulfilling job.
Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness, Gretchen Rubin
At first glance, this book is not about productivity but about getting rid of unnecessary junk from your apartment. However, the space in which we work can be conducive to focused work or, conversely, distracting from it. Gretchen Rubin advises on creating a productive atmosphere at home, in the office, and even in a co-working space – because a lot depends on the stuff on your desktop (and your virtual computer desktop, too, by the way).
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown
We often load ourselves up to the max – piling up many projects, filling our schedules with meetings, working weekends – but more doesn’t mean better. Greg McKeown, in his book, advises how to focus on what’s important and learn to say “no” to unnecessary things, thanks to the now super-popular concept of essentialism — the ability to prioritize appropriately and do only what’s needed.
The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod
“The Miracle Morning” is not a book about how to become a skylark if you are a natural-born owl. It’s a book about time management and how productivity throughout the day depends on an hour after waking up-it’s worth it just to wake up an hour earlier and devote it to practices that promote productivity and self-development. These are meditations, reading affirmations, visualizations, exercise, reading, and journaling – and together, they only take up one hour.
And if the thought of getting up at least an hour earlier is intolerable to you, the book has tips on how to tune in to a new day in just six minutes.
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results, Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
Most of us live at a breakneck pace, and multitasking is required in almost every job. But American entrepreneurs Jay Papasan and Gary Keller believe that multitasking doesn’t work and that it pays to focus on one thing, a cause, and will bring you happiness and success. That you should try not to be constantly busy, but to be productive. And trying to please everyone is the key to failure.
The authors advise how to balance all areas of life and use your time more effectively to get more results. And if your problem is weak willpower, the book also talks about the factors that affect it.
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload Paperback, Daniel J. Levitin
We live in a world saturated with information, but our brain cannot process such a vast amount of data, which increases every day. Hence our forgetfulness and absent-mindedness: we lose our keys and tickets, we forget where we put things. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains how our brains work, and shows how to apply the latest findings of cognitive science to ordinary life – work, health, relationships – to manage the flow of information, properly organize your time and not clutter your personal space.
Life Leverage, Rob Moore
This book is about outsourcing every aspect of your life that doesn’t make you feel alive.
About how to live according to your values, your most important priorities, make money and make a meaningful contribution, and reduce or eliminate everything that doesn’t help with that or doesn’t serve as a priority. The philosophy of the approach outlined in the book boils down to focusing on what you’re good at and outsourcing everything you’re not good at. That is, growing in the areas that are most valuable to you and not doing everything else.
About the author:
Steve O’Neil is a writer and translator with a master’s degree in marketing. He has a passion for learning to understand how things work and how events proceed. He is also expertise in various fields, including social media marketing, lifestyle, and data analytics. Now, he is a regular editor and essay writer free at essay writing service, which helps students with their college papers.