Whether you’re the CEO of a company or an entry-level worker, we can all agree that inspiration to be more productive is never a bad thing. Let’s face it; we all have bad days where our focus is shot, and we feel like we can’t accomplish anything. While there are many reasons for a productivity slump, these books are sure to give you inspiration and help you get more done in your day with less headache.
1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Studies conducted on workplace productivity have shown that stress can have a huge impact on your ability to focus and be productive. Allen makes a strong case that the more you can relax, the greater your ability to get things done. Offering tips on overcoming anxiety, goal assessment, task delegation, project planning, and confidence building, this book is sure to help you get the most out of your time at the office.
Procrastination is damaging to productivity; often times, we put off our most difficult tasks because they’re overwhelming or discouraging. Tracy argues that these are the tasks we should be starting our day with when our productivity levels are higher. Once you complete that dreaded task, the rest of the day should be a piece of cake. He also includes some excellent time-management tips for those of us who can’t seem to find enough hours in the day.
3. The Productive Person: A How-To Guide Book Filled with Productivity Hacks & Daily Schedules for Entrepreneurs, Students, or anyone Struggling with Work-Life Balance by James Roper & Chandler Bolt
Having a poor work-life balance can have a huge impact on your performance at work. Without time to recharge, you’re left returning to work the next day with your mental resources tapped. This book stresses not only time management and scheduling ideas, but also how to let go of guilt and allow yourself to take some time off from work now and then.
Life for many of us these days consists of endless distraction; from emails and notifications coming in on our smartphones to the never-ending options you find at the grocery store, our attention is constantly pulled in multiple directions, making focusing on anything for very long difficult. Newport’s book discusses the valuable skill of being able to tune out distractions and how to master your mind’s ability to focus in our fast-paced, overstimulating world.
5. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
Covey’s book isn’t focused on work; it’s a self-help book devoted to changing the way you view life. As many of us know, perspective can have a major influence in your life, both on a personal and professional level, and several studies have suggested that the power of positive thinking can increase productivity. Sometimes a simple re-framing of a problem or looking at a situation from a different perspective is all we need to get over a hurdle. Covey focuses on a holistic approach to being positive, using personal stories and anecdotes to drive home the message that you are in control of your perspective and attitude.