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Take Control: The 8 Best Books For Boosting Your Productivity

There are very few feelings worse in the world than the feeling of knowing that you haven’t made the most of your day, even though it remains an issue that every single person on the planet goes through from time to time. Below are some of the hottest and most useful books in raising the productivity levels and ensuring you are consistently making the most of your time.

#1 Stress Less Achieve More

Stress Less Achieve More

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In this high-pressured stressed out world in which exponential change is a given, the need to perceive and skillfully act from a calm, decisive center is essential. Thus, I'd like to recommend my book, 'Stress Less Achieve More: Simple Ways to Turn Pressure into a Positive Force in Your Life (AMACOM)'. The book teaches how to use pressure, the energy of change, to enhance your performance, relationships, creativity and well-being. It is available in English, Arabic and as of the end of the year, in Mandarin.

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Contributor: Aimee Bernstein from openmindadventures.com and stresslessachievemore.com

  1. Awesome and life changing book Aimee Bernstein presents the material in a fun and easy to read (and use!) manner.

  2. Haven’t opened it in a while and I as feel myself returning to a stressful state I know I always have this book to relearn old lessons.

    Thank you Aimee

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#2 Organizing For Your Lifestyle

Once your home, closet, desk, office space, etc are organized, it improves productivity by a lot. It shaves down time spent looking for things, and more. Even just the act of making your bed helps. The book goes into this further.

Jane is a Structure Strategist who believes that custom organizing systems and routines will ultimately enhance your work and life. The end result? Reduced stress, increased happiness, and productivity. Whether you need a quick de-clutter, assistance with packing for a trip, a new labeling system, help folding sheets, or a whole business/home makeover, Jane uses a holistic method to work with her clients.

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Contributor: Charlotte Silverstein from lenarosepr.com

#3 Rework

One of the best books I've read on productivity which I still reference years later is a book titled 'Rework' by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier. The chapters are divided into small statements with snippets each only a page or 2 long. It talks about building a business, making quick decisions to embrace progress and move on, quick wins, and creating short tactical to-do lists.

It has confirmed some of the behaviors I use each day on the job as well as help me pass down suggestions to employees to help them excel. The entire book can easily be read in one sit-down which is ironically how any book on productivity should be designed.

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Contributor: George Kuhn from driveresearch.com

#4 Getting Things Done – David Allen

David's book taught me about breaking down thoughts into actions and learning how to apply common sense to everyday stressful business scenarios. I have been able to better balance work and life stress and achieve a place a sense of calm while growing a company.

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Contributor: Bradley Shaw from seoexpertbrad.com

#5 Boost

I have a book coming next month which is all about recharging our batteries and improving productivity no matter if your demands are paid employment or things like looking after little kids. It's called 'Boost: The Science of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Demands'.

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Contributor: Jamie Gruman from uoguelph.ca

#6 Drumbeat

My productivity book just came out with fantastic endorsements.

It’s the first time management system for people who hate time management—which is pretty much everyone. It’s also a mini-MBA for people who didn’t bother taking an advanced degree, which is pretty much everybody.

It uses a musical metaphor instead of corporate-speak. All the techniques are based in neuroscience, best practices, my decades of experience, and tricks I used while battling and beating chronic fatigue.

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Contributor: Jonathan Denn from drumbeatproductivity.com

#7 The ONE Thing

I highly recommend 'The ONE Thing' by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan. I'm not sure if it's technically considered a productivity book. Instead of showing you how to get more done during your day, it focuses on helping you choose the best things to do to reach your goals. I use this approach in my work and personal life.

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Contributor: Shawn Radcliffe from linkedin.com/in/branain

#8 Four Days With Dr. Deming

A Book That Can Help Improve Organizational Productivity: "FYI: As a long-time operations manager prior to entering academia, I found this book to be well-written, easily understood, reasonably short, and chock full of useful productivity improvement strategies for all types of organizations."

Through this short, unique book, readers can experience the management wisdom that he imparted during his seminars.

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Contributor: Timothy Wiedman

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