Productivity Books to Help You Know More, Be More, and Achieve More


I’ve put together a roundup of the best productivity books that have helped me get better results in work and life.  It contains many of the same books that I recommend to people and teams that I mentor.  Here is the list:

Productivity Books

It has a lot of books.  To be productive, it takes a lot of skills, and a lot of self-mastery.  And, you never know which book is going to do it for you.

I organize the productivity books in a scenario-based way:

  • Top 10 Best Productivity Books
  • Getting Started
  • Advanced Productivity
  • Action
  • Delegation
  • Drive, Energy, and Motivation
  • Focus
  • Goals
  • Learning and School
  • Procrastination
  • Teams and Organizations
  • To-Do Lists
  • Work-Life Balance

At the end of the list, I included all the books in a simple, flat A-Z list so you can quickly check against your own productivity book collection to see if I have mentioned books that you don’t have or don’t know about.

I’ve put this list of productivity books together to give you an unfair advantage.   Competition can be fierce.  Remember that the best person to always compete against is you—find ways to be better, faster, or cheaper, when it comes to making things happen.  It’s how you stay in the game, and it’s how you change your game.

In fact, productivity is a backbone for surviving and thriving.  Yeah, it’s a big deal.

Also, bear in mind that the big idea behind extreme productivity, or effective productivity is to focus on learning and growth.   If you have a growth mindset, you’ll win in the long-run, because you’ll get better over time, and you can compound your effort.  Also, learn to embrace the effort, and to love the work you do, or love the way you do it.  

Your work is the ultimate self-expression, and the legacy you leave behind, can be an inspiration for yourself, as well as for others.

My Productivity Books page will be a living catalog of the books I draw from, and it’s part of my bigger Great Books collection, where I share the world’s best books for insight and action on business, career, leadership, personal development, and more.

I know there are a lot of productivity books on my list.   If I can only recommend one, I start people off with Getting Results the Agile Way.   I wrote it specifically to help people get better results in work and life with a simple system I developed over time in extreme scenarios.   It integrates proven practices for personal productivity, as well as positive psychology, project management, sports science, and more in terms of achieving high-performance with flow.  And, it’s easy to get started (Here is the Agile Results QuickStart.)

I believe in the power of books to change lives.   Productivity is just one area, but it’s an area that impacts all the other major areas of our life.

If you can master productivity, you can know more, be more, and achieve more.

And, if you balance that with living your values, making an impact, and enjoying the journey, that is the key to living la vida buena.

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