Mastering productivity is the key to life. Lack of time is the biggest stressor for the average person. Understand this, the more you know how to be productive the more stress-free your life will become. In order to know more about productivity or anything really, you have to learn from the best. So, with this article, I’m going to provide you with 3 books for productivity that helped me learn to be more productive. So, let’s get started.
Book #1: 4 Hour Work Week By Tim Ferris
This is an all-time classic by Tim Ferris. If you haven’t read this book yet. Stop what you are doing and go on amazon and go get it…I’ll wait. There are many good points in the 4-hour workweek, that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Tim Ferris works to inform you to forget the old concepts of retirement and a deferred life plan. He states that there is no need to wait and every reason not to. Especially during these unpredictable economic times. In my opinion, if you are looking for living more and work less, this book is the blueprint for that.
Book #2: Atomic Habits by James Clear
Full disclosure, I just finished reading Atomic Habits. Let me tell you it was a good one. I stayed away from it for a while because of all the hype on Instagram. But I finally caved and read it. You might be thinking this book is about habits and what that has to do with productivity. Well having good habits are usually synonymous with time-saving. So, one of the things to consider when reading this book is to understand that having good habits can help you be more productive in other areas of your life.
James Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. In Atomic Habits, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Looking to increase productivity, this is the book for you. This is why this is a must-read.
If you are looking to take your talents and productivity to the next level this is the book for you. Understand though that reading this book isn’t going to give you good habits. You have to instill action. So, read this book and make good habits.
Book #3: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
The $100 startup is for the entrepreneurs and wannabe entrepreneurs out there. In this book, Chris has met several individuals who had turned modest investments (mainly $100 or less) into businesses earning $50,000 or more. Because of that, I believe this is a book that needs to be read for individuals looking to be productive with a startup. Though, the result in this book is a guide to starting up a small business venture and scaling it to whatever size suits you. Guillebeau dives deep into how to do that with less. On top of that, he also provides good time-saving techniques. This is why I believe, this is a good follow-up book to read after the 4-hour workweek.
Guillebeau, the key to productivity in this book as he states is by leveraging skills and contacts. You can be in more than one place at the same time with outsourcing, affiliate recruitment, and partnerships. On top of that, Guillebeau also states to work on your business by devoting time every day to important activities that improve the business, not just by responding to an urgent task that is happening.
These 3 Books for productivity are just a start. There are plenty of other books out there that can help as well. Go, out there read, and do your research. These books are the ones that I feel are the best, but that doesn’t make it gospel. Everybody has something that works for them, read into it. Learn from them. Because, if you don’t you wouldn’t know as much as you could if you learn from other people. Understand that your relationship with people is what can help you be more productive. Trust me, it’ll make sense with time. Hopefully, you enjoy these 3 books for productivity. I certainly did.