When it comes to reading, most of us hope to be doing a lot more of it. We’re constantly telling ourselves to read more. But we don’t always hit the goals and one big reason for this is our lack of discipline in terms of productivity. If you want to achieve any goal and do more of things, you need to become productive in a disciplined manner.
To learn more about productivity and discipline, books are a fantastic source of information. Clear your reading schedule for the end of the year and add these five productivity books on it instead. Once you’ve read these and understood their concepts, you’ll notice yourself achieving a lot more.
Superhuman by Habit: A Guide to Becoming to Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time by Tynan
As mentioned at the start, productivity takes discipline and discipline takes willpower. When we were children, this willpower seemed abundant. We didn’t give up on the things we wanted – if we wanted to build a dam in the nearby river, we tried until we were forced to stop by mothers and fathers.
We also felt a lot more accomplished about our achievements. Children are proud and happy about the little things – they can smile on a kite they drew for a whole day. The book that’ll help you find this inner superhero and feel accomplished and strong is Tynan’s popular book. It’ll help you understand willpower better and use it to your advantage.
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Times by Brian Tracy
There isn’t much better way to learn about productivity than from the father of goal setting. Brian Tracy has been at the top of leadership, business management and productivity for decades – his insights into these topics are one of the most respected. If you read this book, you’ll understand why.
The book is a great help for getting rid of the habit in which you just push certain tasks for later. It’s not often the big problems that cause us trouble. We procrastinate on those small issues – the ones we could clear in just a few minutes but choose not to.
Irresistible by Adam Alter
One of the biggest reason most of us are not as productive as we’d hope is probably in your close vicinity right not: the smartphone. It’s not actually just the smartphone but also our addiction to the Internet and technology, in general. We can’t stop using these things.
There lies one problem of discipline – it’s addicting to check the social media and stop writing that boring work report. The book will help you understand what forces are at work here and how you could stop using them better – in a more mindful and productive manner.
The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life by Leo Babauta
Now, being more productive is actually often something that has nothing to do with the word ‘more’. Indeed, we are constantly adding too much ‘more’ into our lives – hoping how more of this and that will solve all the problems.
But Babauta’s book is going to show that the solution might be drastically different. In order to be more productive and happier, you might need a lot less of everything. You need to find the all-important aspects of your life and cut all the clutter away.
ReWork by Jason Fried
A similar book to teach you to rethink your approach and attitude to work and productivity is ReWork. The book has a similar core message to Babauta’s: you don’t need as much stuff and things that you think you do.
It’s not about actual things as much as it is about other things. Fried argues that detailed plans and regular meetings are not the keys to more productivity and success. By not having plans or limiting the outside help you accept with your business, you might be doing yourself a bigger favor. The book teaches that counter-intuitive thinking can actually work –and make you more productive.
The above books all have something unique to teach you about productivity and discipline. If you are looking to improve your approach to getting things done, then you should definitely add these to your reading list as soon as possible. To get your hands on the books, you can find them in print or as e-books. Some of the above are even available on Audible. Fortunately today we have a number of ways to save money on books, for tips and ideas visit Frugal Trendsetter.
The productivity books above are worth reading before the end of the year. This guarantees that you start 2018 with a fresh mind and a capable approach to getting things done.