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10 Books That Will Instantly Give You a PhD in Productivity

Enhancing creativity and productivity for work is very important for any type of professional to generate innovative ideas that are necessary to maintain competitiveness. And although some people have more natural talent than others, everyone can enhance this feature to be more creative by reading books.


Under the category of productivity there are great figures of international circulation who have written great books. Either by explaining existing methods with their personal touch or by developing their own, they help readers boost their productivity to the limit. So today we have collected a list of 6 books to develop and drive creativity and productivity.


1.Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen


It is one of the books with the most productivity messages and it is easy to see why. Allen focuses on relaxation: the more one relaxes; more productive one can be. So Allen encourages having more fun and does a great job of showing you how to do it.


2. Superhuman By Habit, by Tynan

It is a book for the minimalist approach. Tynan is an atypical case in the world of technology. A developer and engineer who travels the world almost constantly, and is incredibly focused on his goals. This new book is a look at not only how one can be realized as a person, but also how one can more closely align with one's goals with every effort to the minimum.


3. The Desire Map, by Danielle LaPorte

Being productive may seem like a chore, but LaPorte's book asks the question, "Why?" If your productivity is stagnating, maybe it's because you're not living the ideal life. LaPorte encourages you to be very clear about how you want life to feel, and then act from that place instead of trying to push against the current.


4. The Power of Less, by Leo Babauta

With the incredible amount of distractions we have in our lives, the book of Babuata is a breath of fresh air. The power of the simple teaches us how to reduce the unnecessary and rationalize everyday actions in simplicity. With less chaos clogging jobs, one is free to get the things that really matter.


5. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

For those who like the simple approach, Brian Tracy wrote this book for you. This book offers a sensible list of 21 habits that will make more things happen in life and be more productive. Tracy's book is a continuous sales success because his book is a quick read and has extensive measures that can be followed daily to improve productivity.


6. Your Best Just Got Better, by Jason Womack

The problem for many high performance students is that they settle into good performance when they are able to do well. As a direct disciple of David Allen, Womack has created specific "work performance" strategies that help people build better personal habits. With these tools, people can achieve much more in fewer hours.


7. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

It was the first book that prompted me to reflect on my position as a professional working in a large company. It shows how to analyse the causes, conditions, challenges, barriers, solutions to boost leadership and productivity.


8. Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

It is almost a manifesto to embrace the mentality of the essential and focus on what really matters leaving aside and getting rid of everything that is not strictly important in the various aspects of our lives, including work, friendships, decision making. It also offers many comparisons between what would be the thought of an essentialist vs a non-essentialist. Finally, I recommend this book if you feel that you are overwhelmed and you have no control over your time, your life or your business.


9. The leader who had no title, by Robin Sharma

The book has been written in a storytelling format to address the issue of leadership. A simple reading to tackle relevant issues through the transformation that involves the protagonist to develop a mental way of success and grow thanks to recognizing that being a leader is in each of us and it is not only isolated to who has a label or a specific job position.


10. The confidence code, by Katty Hay and Claire Shipman

This book analyses the issue of trust by first seeking its origins from a physical point of view and then supporting their studies with interviews with publicly recognized people. Knowing the bases and origins of trust is the first step to recognize if there is a problem in this regard. And in addition, trust can be increased with work and patience. This will ultimate lead to boosted productivity for the whole team.

What did you think of the books above? Did you already know any of them? Did we miss any that you think should be added? Let us know in the comments.


About author: Joan Young is an aspiring journalist and copywriter with deep interest in sociology, inventions and technological progress. In a spare from travelling minute, she provides online tutoring sessions to international students and finds immense pleasure in witnessing their writing progress. Some of her insights can be found in her author’s column on AdvancedWriters - academic writing blog which provides students with free guidelines and samples.