Best Productivity Books

A list of the best books on productivity and how to be more effective at your most challenging work and study tasks.

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One of the most important skills in today’s world is the ability to be productive at the most difficult tasks, even when we are not motivated.

Here are, in my opinion, the best books on productivity that I have read. The order doesn’t matter, the books can be read in any order.

Best Productivity Books

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

Chris Bailey

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The Procrastination Cure: 21 Proven Tactics For Conquering Your Inner Procrastinator

Damon Zahariades

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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Cal Newport

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Do It Today: Overcome Procrastination, Improve Productivity, and Achieve More Meaningful Things

Darius Foroux

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Mastering Productivity: The 5 Ingredients of the Optimal Productivity System

A.S. Basahal

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Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day

Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky

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Finish What You Start: The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline

Peter Hollins

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Stop Procrastinating: A Simple Guide to Hacking Laziness, Building Self Discipline, and Overcoming Procrastination

Nils Salzgeber

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The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

Brian P. Moran

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Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Cal Newport

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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Nir Eyal

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Hyperfocus: How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction

Chris Bailey

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Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards

Yu-kai Chou

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The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Gary Keller

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown

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«Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it»

— Arthur Schopenhauer


Here are some recommendations to help you be more productive, be happier, make more money, and learn faster.


Breakthrough Rapid Reading. Peter Kump

How to Read a Book. Mortimer J. Adler

Speed Reading. Kam Knight

Articles & Posts

Speed Reading: How to Read Faster and Understand More

Maximize Productivity: 5 Powerful Time Management Principles

Useful Tools

EarthFM - High-quality nature sounds that can be turned on while you work to help increase your focus and concentration.

Pomofocus - Simple Pomodoro timer for focused work.

Book Summaries

The Productivity Project

Deep Work

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