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You may have already devoured timeless productivity books like "Getting Things Done", "Eat That Frog!", "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Deep Work". If you've read these books and are still hungry for more, this summer you can satisfy your cravings with the following 12 books on productivity and time management. After all, they are perfect for diving in during your summer break, the summer reading threshold or an upcoming vacation. This summer you will find 12 books on productivity and time management.
1. The Guide to Mental Toughness: A step-by-step guide to coping with life's challenges, dealing with negative emotions, and overcoming adversity with courage and balance from Damon Zahariades
The Mental Toughness Handbook, published in April 2020, was written by productivity expert Damon Zahariades, who is also the owner of Artofproductivity.com. You couldn't ask for a more recent productivity book.
In it, Zahariades defines mental hardness, its meaning and the properties that mentally tough people possess. It also offers actionable strategies and exercises to strengthen your mental strength and keep impulses at bay.
Quote: “Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs face countless obstacles and setbacks. The only way they can be successful in the long run is to endure and overcome them. "
2. Nuclear Habits: A simple and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones by James Clear
Atomic Habits was originally published in October 2018 and written by author and spokesman James Clear. This book provides practical advice on building a system that will help you get 1 percent better every day and replace bad habits with better ones. There is also advice on how to overcome obstacles such as lack of motivation and get back on track.
Quote: "Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy. "
Related: 9 bad habits you need to break to be more productive
3. The optimistic, organized home office: five simple steps to SORT and SUCCESSFUL for an organized mind, better time management skills and an office that will make you smile by Darla DeMorrow
Just like Mental Toughness, this was released in early 2020. This title, written by Darla DeMorrow, underlines the importance of organizing and troubleshooting your work area. Although you may have come across some information before, it is worth reading because DeMorrow combines her sense of humor with practical advice she relies on, like SORT and Succeed! System.
Quote: “Regardless of your personal preferences, an organized home office will help you do more. The goal is to create an optimistic office that minimizes distractions throughout your taste and style. "
4. The Idiot Brain: A neuroscientist explains from Dean Burnett what your head is really up to
They have developed new healthy habits – for example, to resist the urge to surf the web or to check notifications immediately when they arrive. Now, however, you've completely forgotten a priority on your to-do list. What about it?
In The Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett explains the bizarre and outdated functioning of our brain. In this fun and entertaining book, Burnett discusses how gray matter works and how you can prevent it from sabotaging your productivity.
Quote: "Delay is motivation to do the wrong thing."
5. Hyperfocus: How to manage your attention in a world of distraction from Chris Baily
If you want to increase your productivity, check out Chris Baily's work. He is a productivity expert and author of The Productivity Project (2016). He also runs an excellent website called A Life of Productivity.
In Hyperfocus (2018), Baily offers practical strategies to finally get things done by planning “Hyperfocus” sessions. To achieve this, Bailey suggests that you be aware of potential distractions, become more aware of your energy, and set intentions. However, I think an important lesson from the book should only include information that is either helpful or that you are interested in.
Quote: "We are what we pay attention to, and almost nothing affects our productivity and creativity as much as the information we have consumed in the past."
Related: 13 ways to develop a laser-like focus
6. The joy of missing out: Live more by doing less by Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton, the founder and CEO of Inkwell Press Productivity Co., has often been described as a mix between Brené Brown and Stephen Covey. And if you read The Joy of Missing Out (2019), you would agree with that assessment.
The essence of the book is pretty simple: if you do less, you will actually be productive. That may not sound intuitive and impossible, but letting go of what's not important allows you to focus on your priorities and enjoy where you are.
Quote: “We have to stop glorifying the employee. We need to change our mindset and redefine what it means to be productive. Productivity is not about doing more, it's about doing the most. We have to stop trying to do more and instead focus on our own priorities again. If we do that, our ideal life can become our real everyday life. "
7. When: The scientific secrets of Daniel Pink's perfect timing
When is the continuation of Daniel Pink & # 39; s Drive and To Sell is Human in 2018? In this title, Pink describes how we move through three phases throughout the day: peak, bottom and recovery. If you know this pattern, you can plan your time more effectively: during your climax, you would dedicate this time to tasks such as analytical work.
Energy usually decreases in the late afternoon, which is why it is called the low point. During this time, it is ideal to do administrative work or “routine garbage”. The recovery takes place in the early evening and your mood improves, which makes it perfect for creative work.
Quote: "I used to believe that timing is everything. Now I think everything is timed. "
8. 24/6: The power to pull the plug one day a week from Tiffany Shlain
We are all addicted to our screens. This can significantly affect your productivity, health and well-being.
In “24/6”, Shlain advocates performing a technical detox one day a week, which she has called the “technology Shabbat”. If this sounds like too much stretching, Shlain offers a blueprint of how this can be achieved with humor, wisdom, and research-based techniques.
Quote: “If you feel that screens dominate too much of your life, 24/7 life offers a way to regain your attention, time and perspective and – if more people do it, I hope – our collective humanity help.
9. Benjamin Franklin's autobiography
"Benjamin Franklin not only managed to be one of the founding fathers, but also founded a public library, discovered electricity, negotiated with France, invented bifocals, and wrote an American classic," said the author and podcast host Gretchen Rubin. "It is a productivity model for all of us."
Although Franklin wrote his autobiography centuries ago, the lessons he learned are just as relevant today. Franklin also has a gnarled sense of humor, which is expressed in this book. Overall, it's a refreshing and fascinating change between your other summer reading materials.
Quote: “I always thought that a man with tolerable skills could make a big difference and do great things for people if he first made a good plan and cut off any amusement or other activity that would distract his attention from the execution from this plan his only study and business. "
10. Clockwork: Design your company so that it manages itself from Mike Michalowicz
Most business owners and entrepreneurs believe that if they are not around, their businesses will fall to pieces. But at what price? Regardless of what Elon Musk advocates, continuous work not only sabotages your productivity, it also jeopardizes your health, freedom, and relationships.
Mike Michalowicz, who previously published helpful books like Profit First and The Toliet Paper Entrepreneur, describes how you can get your company up and running in Clockwork 2018. In return, you achieve the independence you always dreamed of when you started your own business. Spoiler alert: it's about hiring the right team and knowing who to delegate tasks to.
Quote: "The goal is not to find more hours in your day. This is the brute force approach to doing business. Even if you pull it through, you will fill this time with more work anyway. The goal is organizational efficiency. "
11. Juliet's School of Opportunities: A little story about the power of Laura Vanderkam's priorities
I think it's safe to say that Laura Vanderkam is a point of contact for many of us who are looking for advice on productivity and time management. If you haven't done so already, I highly recommend that you read her other books 168 hours outside the clock as well, and I know how she does it.
The reason why I recommend this business fable is that it highlights the importance of priorities. Why is that so important? Well, as Angela Ruth wrote: "Priorities are the things that give meaning and purpose to life." And because "these goals are so important, you're ready to put extra effort and time into them." As a result, you are "more effective in time management" because you don't "waste time on areas that don't matter".
Since it is so easy to read, this is a perfect option to pamper yourself during the dog days in the summer.
Quote: "I don't have time" means "It has no priority." We always have time for what is important to us. "
12. Increase Your Game: High Performance Secrets From The Best Of The Best by Alan Stein Jr.
Alan Stein Jr. is a speaker and author who has worked as a performance coach with some of the best NBA players in the world for years. So yes. I would think he knows something about becoming a top performer.
In Raise Your Game 2019, Stein shares habits that successful athletes and executives rely on to develop a positive and productive mindset.
Quote: Well rounded is overrated. Use your self-confidence to double what you do best. Find what you can do better than everyone else and keep pouring on it.
Related: Revealing the secrets for maximum professional and personal performance