Three productivity books worth reading

There is no shortage of good books about productivity, so in the spirit of being productive, we have narrowed down your reading list to just three classics, for three completely different reasons.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen Covey

It has been over 25 years since this “bible of productivity” took the world by storm. Its terms “Be Proactive,” “Put First Things First,” “Think Win-Win,” “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood,” “Synergize” and “Sharpen the Saw” have become so effective that they are registered trademarks. 

Why we like it: This classic is not about being more productive at work, it is about being more effective at life. Our favorite habit is “Begin With the End in Mind.” What’s yours?

Getting Things Done

By Dave Allen

TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help book of its time.” Getting Things Done® had become a work-life management system that enables greater performance, capacity and innovation and helps change that feeling of being overwhelmed to one of clarity and confidence. 

Why we like it: Allen’s advice is not theoretical or aspirational, it is a system that works. 

The 4-Hour Work Week

By Timothy Ferriss

The author gives the exact blueprint for creating a productivity and time management plan to create the lifestyle of your dreams and achieve financial freedom. He famously gave up the 9-5, 80-hour work weeks for a 4-hour work week and a significant pay raise. 

Why we like it: We aren’t sure if a 4-hour work week is really achievable (we have yet to meet anyone who has done it, though millions have read the book,) but we find it aspirational. It’s all right to dream!


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