8 Books to Read for Increased Productivity

September 28, 2015

5:00 pm

There are so many books out there for people looking to improve some aspect of their lives. Here at Tech.Co we care about improving many aspects of your life, but mostly we want to help you be productive, creative, and goal-oriented as you strive for and accomplish your entrepreneurial pursuits.

One of the best ways to hone in on success is to read, read, and read some more–particularly from those who are where you want to be.  Since the amount of literature out there is mind-boggling, I’ve put together a list of some of the top reads that cover topics such as productivity, management (of time, resources, and people), and habits that breed success.

 

Life Hacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better, by Adam Pash

book - lifehackerThis book contains tons of tips, tricks, and methods that strike a perfect balance between current technology and common sense solutions for getting things done. This new edition, published in 2011, is updated to reflect the latest and greatest in technological and personal productivity up to that time. Hacks include making Google search results automatically come to you, and designing/customizing your own planner.

Zen to Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System, by Leo Babuata

book - zen to doneZen To Done combines several popular productivity systems and then simplifies them as much as possible. The book teaches how to implement key habits, tips on forming a habit, and how to simplify the things you need to accomplish.

 The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller

book - the one thingThe purpose of this book is to teach people to focus on one thing at a time, rather than trying to multi-task, which leads to doing everything sub-par. It gives tools to help through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, and dial down the stress.

Managing Oneself, by Peter Ferdinand Drucker

book - managing oneself

 

Managing Oneself teaches how to keep yourself engaged and productive during your career. The keys are to cultivate a deep understanding of yourself by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses, articulate how you learn and work with others and what your most deeply held values are, and describe the type of work environment where you can make the greatest contribution.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande

book - the checklist manifesto

 

Checklists are critical in helping Air Force pilots fly sophisticated aircraft and help surgeons save lives. This book details how a simple checklist can be used to prevent errors, and keep processes organized and complete in an increasingly complicated world.

Time Warrior: How to defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and chaos, by Steve Chandler

book - time warrior

Time Warrior offers a non-linear approach for dealing with time. At the core of the book is an invitation to become, in essence, a “style tracker” rather than a “time tracker” — tracking your cognitive style which is unique to each individual. It teaches readers to organize the chaos around them by slowing down, then letting go of people-pleasing, approval-seeking and future-based thinking.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

book - 7 habits

This classic book recently celebrated its 25th anniversary (first published in 1990). It has influenced presidents, CEOs, educators, and individuals all over the world not only to improve their businesses and careers but to live with integrity, service, dignity, and success in all areas of life.

The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated, by Tim Ferriss

Book - The 4-Hour Workweek

Another classic how-to that gives a step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design. It teaches how to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want, how to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist, and how to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements,” among other things.

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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