Best Productivity Books
Looking for the best productivity books? Here are my favorites:
Best productivity books
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: To call this my favorite book on productivity is an understatement. The “GTD” system is air-tight and rock-solid for clearing up your head, and freeing up your creative energy. If you would like an introduction, listen to my David Allen interview on my podcast.
- Mind Management, Not Time Management: Productivity When Creativity Matters: I’ve gotta include my own book my list, because this is honestly one of my favorite productivity books – which is why I wrote it! This is a system I built for myself on top of GTD, specifically for being productive when creativity matters. Instead of managing your time, learn to manage your creative energy.
- The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich: Thanks to this book, I built passive income streams, traveled the world, and moved to South America. My life and career are basically designed around this book.
- Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life: Controlling your attention is the skill of the century, and Nir Eyal is the behavioral design expert to show you exactly how to do it. Full disclosure, I helped Nir as a client with some of the marketing on this book. Listen to my Nir Eyal Indistractable interview on my podcast if you’d like an introduction to the concepts in this book.
- The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change: The Eisenhower Method of choosing the not-urgent-but-important over the urgent-but-important is a game-changer for anyone who wants to be productive.
- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones: Admittedly, I struggle to read this book – I’m too scatterbrained. But it’s the most in-depth review of habits there is, and the concepts underlie much of how I think about being effective. James Clear is the best in the business at breaking complex concepts into simple parts.
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World: Cal Newport’s concept of “deep work” was a breakthrough for thinking about productivity.