7 Essential Time Management Books
1. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey
First published in 1989, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is regularly considered the best book to read if you want to improve your productivity both professionally and personally. It focuses on developing new habits so that you can stay-on-track as opposed to eliminating bad habits. Most notably, defining your goals and priorities.
2. “How to Stop Procrastinating: A Simple Guide to Mastering Difficult Tasks and Breaking the Procrastination Habit” by S.J. Scott
If you’re struggling with procrastination, this is arguably the only book you’ll need to own. How to Stop Procrastinating is a down-to-earth and uses a specific framework to assist you in becoming action-oriented. Scott also shares his own experiences on how he overcame procrastination and explores the main reasons why we drag out feet.
3.“Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” by Brian Tracy
If your procrastination still persists then Eat That Frog! should help you get over that hump. Inspired by a famous Mark Twain quote, “Eat a live frog the first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day,” author Brian Tracy details why and how you should tackle your most challenging task in the morning.
Additionally, Tracy shares successful time management techniques like how to set goals, get organized, practice the “Law of Three,” and applying the 80/20 Rule.
4. “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich”
by Timothy Ferriss
Timothy Ferriss shares his step-by-step guide on how anyone can start earning a monthly five-figure income by working just The 4-Hour Workweek. As a result, you’ll be able to live the life you actually want without having to be just another participant of the daily rat race.
5. “Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life” by Jason Selk and Tom Bartow
Written by Dr. Jason Selk, director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals, and business coach Tom Bartow’s Organize Tomorrow Today, this book outlines the eight most effective ways to optimize your organization. As a result, you’ll focus on process-oriented goals that will guide you in maximizing your time and breaking bad habits.6. “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen
Since it’s release in 2001, “Getting Things Done” has not only become one of the most influential business books of all-time. It’s also considered the book for personal organization. Although Allen has tweaked the book over the years, the main concept remains intact. When you have a clear mind, you’re able to organize your thoughts, spark creativity, and boost your productivity.
6. “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport
What exactly is “deep work”? Author and professor Cal Newport defines it as, “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.”
The problem is that in an increasingly distracting world getting into this flow is easier said than done. The good news is that Newport outlines specific disciplines that will transform your mind and habits so that you can concentrate and jump into your work.
7. “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
Award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg uses fascinating stories and scientific discoveries to clarify how habits work, ways to change existing patterns, and what can be done to establish new habits. By focusing on good habits we’re better equipped to achieve more than we ever imagined. The Power of Habit is definitely a must-read.