Every now and then, folks ask me for book recommendations related to productivity. It's a great question, but something that's surprisingly difficult for me to answer. Why? Because everyone has different preferences, styles, and workflows. So what resonates with me won't necessarily work for someone else.
That said, if I had to recommend some titles, these would be at the top of my list (in no particular order):
- Ultralearning (Scott H. Young) - This is a fantastic resource for learning how to learn. It breaks down the skill (and yes, learning is indeed an acquired skill) into basic principals that anyone can pickup and improve.
- Atomic Habits (James Clear) - If you're anything like me, it's easy to frame really large/abstract/complex goals and then struggle with the reality of completing habits to fulfill them. Author James Clear does a great job of describing how to develop simple habits that add up to make a BIG difference.
- Getting Things Done (David Allen) - This was one of the first books I read on the topic of productivity and one that I continually return to for refreshers. David Allen does a phenomenal job of describing essential skills like time boxing, prioritizing tasks, consolidating collection points for info, and more. It lays the groundwork for a lot of other essential theories and practices in the field. Definitely check it out.
So there you have it. At least a few great resources to get you started on the topic of personal productivity. Happy reading!