For Your Reading Pleasure: 5 Must-Read Books on Productivity

March 21, 2018 | 1,598 views

For Your Reading Pleasure: 5 Must-Read Books on Productivity

For Your Reading Pleasure: 5 Must-Read Books on Productivity

At ScheduleBase, we love to read. We also love creating ways for professionals to do more with less. So, we have curated a list of books to help you do the same. Here are five of our favorite books about one of our favorite subjects – productivity.


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

The author of this book, Chris Bailey, has always had an unnatural fascination with productivity – so much so that he turned down lucrative job offers to explore the subject more deeply. He created experiments for himself to follow, such as sleeping fewer hours, working more hours, getting up late, getting up early, and more. He talked to experts about productivity. And, he chronicled all of this on a blog, noting what worked and what didn’t.


Now, Bailey has a book summarizing his project. In it, he talks about what worked and what lessons you can take from his year of trial and error to implement in your business life.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Have you ever tried to change a habit? It’s hard work. And if you’ve ever tried changing a habit of a team, such as getting them to adapt to a new type of technology, it’s even harder. That’s why we love this book by Charles Duhigg.


In this Pulitzer Prize winner, Duhigg talks about how to use science to turn unproductive habits around. The case studies are fascinating, ranging from those taken from Procter & Gamble’s boardroom to the NFL. There’s something here for all industries, whether you’re a non-profit or a major corporation.


Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

In Deep Work, author Cal Newport addresses an epidemic in our society today – the inability to master the skill of working without distraction. With our phones beside us and notifications popping up all over our computer screen, we’re constantly getting tugged in all sorts of different directions. As a result, we stifle our productivity.


But this book doesn’t say that distractions are bad. Instead, he offers a training framework to change the way people think about and approach the skill of working in a world of distraction. It’s actionable and therefore, helpful.


Capacity: Create Laser Focus, Boundless Energy, and an Unstoppable Drive In Any Organization

In this book, author Chris Johnson talks about today’s world where there’s an increasing amount of pressure to do more with less. Johnson addresses the common symptoms plaguing productivity today – burnout, low engagement, and stress. Then, he answers those symptoms with a solution that makes you, the reader, more productive.


What we love about this book is that it isn’t just filled with tips to help the person reading (although there’s plenty of that too). There are a number of tips to help managers make teams more productive too, which can have a ripple effect in an organization.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

No list of productivity books is complete without Stephen Covey’s addition. In his famous book, he offers up seven habits that people who are productive, effective, and successful implement every day. The tips here aren’t just for use around the office, they’re equally helpful for the reader’s personal life too. That’s why we love this book. Everyone, from startups to CEOs of Fortune 50 companies, can learn and adapt something new from this book making their lives more productive overall.


What’s On Your Bookshelf?

We’d love to hear from you. What books have changed the way you work? Which books have helped you become more efficient? Share your findings and help us continue to fill our bookshelf.


Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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