5 great books to become more productive

Don’t we all want to improve our lives? With agenda’s being full and to-do lists getting longer, being able to achieve more in less time is definitely attractive. Luckily there have been many books written about productivity and self-improvement.

But, Before you decide to pick up a book, this might help as well.

Here are 10 to consider:

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people ~ Stephen R. Covey

This book teaches the importance of habits and how building good habits can help you to achieve more.

The author of this book, Stephen R. Covey, did research on how someone can improve his effectiveness in life. Through this research, he concluded that there are two ways to do so. The first way suggests that one should try to improve specific skills for the areas that need improvement. The second way suggests that the change must come from the inside. By changing your character and your habits you will automatically have an effect on the areas in your life that you were looking to improve.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” are based on principles. If you want to learn how these principles can also affect your life, you can pick up the book here.

2. Getting Things Done ~ David Allen

In times of smartphones, push mail and notifications sounds distracting us, it can sometimes be hard to focus on what really matters.

This book is about fighting those distractions and finding focus again. It teaches the importance of taking a pause and to reflect on what really matters.  David Allen also introduces us to the importance of knowing your strengths and setting clear goals. It explains why it is important to leverage your skills and how the things that make you unique can be a competitive advantage for you.

“Getting Things Done ” has been a best-seller and continues to be useful for anyone who is looking to become more productive. You can find the book here.

3. The Power Of Habit ~ Charles Duhigg

Our habits influence our lives in many ways. We do many things without thinking about it. Certain habits will cause negative effects, others will have a positive impact.

The best method to change the way we behave is by building strong habits. This book teaches everything you need to know about habits. How they are formed and how you can use them to your advantage. Being able to control your behavior and building new habits can be life-changing.  To learn more about controlling your habits, you can find the book here.

“ Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny. ” ~ Gandhi

4. The 4-Hour Workweek ~ Timothy Ferris

This book takes a bit of a different approach than the other books on this list. It teaches how you can do more in less time. The author talks about how you can, for example, delegate or avoid doing unimportant tasks. Some concepts in the book might be a bit extreme or might not suit your life and goals but, the book still offers valuable and usable tools to improve your effectiveness and skills.

Timothy Ferris also talks about “the new rich” who are in total control of their time and are not tied to a location or to their property. It’s a new approach to the meaning of what being rich actually means. You find the book here.

5. The Power of Full Engagement ~ Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

If we want to perform at our peak performance it’s important to have enough energy. In this book, you will learn that being productive doesn’t mean to do as much work as possible in the 24 hours we have each day. It’s not only about optimizing schedules and time management.

Instead, to be productive, it is important to manage our energy level. It’s important to find a balance between working and qualitative pauses. When energy levels drain, productivity gets affected as well.

To learn more about energy management, you can find the book here.


If you like reading on the go, consider using Blinkist. This app offers high-quality summaries of books, both written and audio.

” Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners. ” ~ John Holt

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