For those of us juggling multiple hats, finding time to read can be a truly difficult task.
But these five books can be game-changers when it comes to productivity (and therefore, give you more time)!
Top tip: if you struggle with finding time to read, try audiobooks - I love listening to them when I’m in the car or exercising. Great way to multitask!
These books are written by amazing authors and offer great insights into overcoming distractions, mastering habits, reclaiming time and stepping up your productivity game.
So let’s dive right in!
This book is amazing if you’re easily distracted and have a hard time focusing. Eyal has a great system for understanding and overcoming distractions.
It operates on a simple yet powerful premise: the root cause of distractions is our desire to escape discomfort.
As Eyal puts it, “distraction is merely a mismanagement of internal triggers.” And these triggers can be anything from stress, anxiety, or even boredom.
What I like the most about Eyal’s approach is that he doesn't advocate for eliminating discomfort altogether - let’s face it, this would be a lost battle. But he suggests a healthier way to deal with it.
This approach involves a four-step process:
So you can begin by identifying your internal triggers.
What are the emotions or situations that typically lead you to become distracted?
Once you have a list, you can pick one trigger to focus on and develop a strategy for managing it more effectively.
This book takes you on a journey of discovering your purpose - the very foundation of your actions.
According to Sinek, the most successful individuals and organizations are the ones that know WHY they do what they do.
This 'why' is the fuel that keeps the engine running, especially on challenging days when you feel like giving up.
The book popularized the concept of the Golden Circle: Why, How, and What.
Many people and organizations know 'what' they do and 'how' they do it, but few understand 'why' they do what they do.
Most organizations work from the outside in.
They focus on ‘what’ and ‘how’, but very often neglect ‘why’. On the other hand, the most innovative and successful people work with an ‘inside-out’ approach - the core of their business is their ‘why’ and this makes a big difference.
Having clarity on your 'why' can serve as a powerful motivation and direction for both your career and personal life.
So here’s my request for you - start by figuring out your 'why'. Why are you pursuing this career? Is it getting you closer to the life of your dreams?
Once you have your answer, make it visible in your workspace as a constant reminder.
This book is one of my favorites of all time! It talks about the compound effect of small habits in our lives.
We often underestimate the power of small, consistent actions because we expect success to happen quickly.
Go big, or go home! - Isn’t that the saying we keep hearing? Well, that’s just NOT true.
As this book stated: “success is the product of daily habits, not a one-time transformative change.”
James Clear presents a four-step model for habit formation and gives practical advice on how to make good habits appealing and bad habits unattractive.
Cue, Craving, Response and Reward.
According to Clear, the key to building good habits is to make the Cue obvious, the Craving attractive, the Response easy, and the Reward satisfying.
On the other hand, to break bad habits, you can make the Cue invisible, the Craving unattractive, the Response difficult, and the Reward unsatisfying.
His approach to building habits is grounded in science and real-life examples, making it a super interesting read for anyone seeking to start new habits or get rid of bad ones.
Try implementing a small habit related to your productivity for the next week. This could be anything from writing a to-do list each morning or setting aside a specific time each day for focused work.
This is a really fascinating idea: create an 'alter ego' to overcome personal limitations.
According to Herman, successful people, from athletes to entrepreneurs, have often used this concept—whether consciously or not—to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
The book offers a step-by-step process to create your own alter ego, enabling you to step out of your comfort zone and tackle tasks you might find intimidating.
This might seem like an unusual approach, but Herman's compelling examples and science-backed explanations make a convincing case for the power of secret identities!
Think of a task or area of your work that you find challenging - create an 'alter ego' that excels in this area and try to channel this persona when tackling the task.
Of course, this may not be as simple as it sounds, but it’s a super interesting concept that’ll allow you to step out of your comfort zone and get things done!
THE book to read if you’re looking to reclaim your focus in an increasingly distracted world.
According to Newport, deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.
In an era where it’s SO HARD to disconnect and where every notification draws our attention and scatters our focus, this skill becomes increasingly valuable.
The book offers practical advice on scheduling deep work, embracing boredom, and reducing distractions in our digital lives.
It gives a lot of examples and studies that emphasize the importance and benefits of deep work, making it a really interesting and engaging read.
And you can start putting this into practice today! Choose a time slot in your day for deep work—no distractions allowed. Start with a small period, like 30 minutes, and gradually increase as you become more comfortable and get better at doing undistracted work.
Short answer, the one that resonates with you the most at the moment.
It’s impossible to choose one book as the absolute best one for productivity as we are all different and work best in different ways.
These five books are all really good, well-written books that offer great insights into productivity, focus, and habit formation.
You don’t need to read them all at once of course, so just choose one that picks your interest the most and start there!
Reading is a great habit and I’m confident that all of them can add an incredible amount of value and get you the results you want.
By implementing the practical advice from these authors, you can take control of your time, increase your productivity, and move closer to your career and personal goals.
Remember, it's not about drastic changes, but small, consistent actions that lead to big results. So pick up a book, start with one action step, and let your journey to productivity begin!
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