Looking for great books on productivity and time management? Here are 10 of my favorites:
As a Type A girl who struggles to slow down, this book really challenged, impacted, and motivated me. The subtitle resonated with me so me: “A guide to putting down the phone, burning the to do list, and letting go of perfection to grasp what really matters.”
If you need some encouragement to spend less time distracted by devices and busyness, I’d highly recommend this book.
If you feel overwhelmed with life and can’t seem to find time to recharge your batteries, I wholeheartedly encourage you to get a copy of this book. I’ve long admired how Jessica manages to do so much, and yet still have time for things she loves — like hanging out with friends and family, scrapbooking, and blogging.
In The Fringe Hours, she unveils her secrets to success and gives you the tools, tips, and techniques you can use to find time in your full schedule to refresh yourself and refill your tank, too.
This short ebook’s wisdom has done more for my efficiency than any other book or time management product I’ve ever read or listened to. It’s well worth your time — and it works, provided you actually do what the ebook tells you to do.
The section of the book that especially was life-impacting to me was Amy’s encouragement in developing a time budget. This simple idea truly revolutionized my life!
If you are a work-at-home mom or are considering becoming a work-at-home mom, this is a great book to read.
My favorite part? The actual scans of the authors’ real-life goal lists and to-do lists. It makes the book come alive and truly inspires you that the ideas they are suggesting are truly doable!
Even though Cordeiro is a pastor and much of what he shared was from the experience of leading a congregation, the principles are applicable to most anyone in a leadership position.
The author shares candidly about his own experiences with burn out and exhaustion — how the downward spiral happened, when he finally realized that he’d hit bottom, and the measures he took to recover and aim to prevent future burn out.
This book was one of my Top 10 Reads for 2015, and it spoke to me at a deep, heart level. It challenged me to stop hurrying through life, quit worrying about what other people think, and start savoring the ordinary, everyday moments.
I smiled through parts, cried through other sections, and came away from the book with fresh resolve to make each day count — not in more efficient productivity but in more meaningful relationships with others.
This was also one of my favorite top 10 reads of 2015.
This book is based upon the premise that if we were to step back and look at our week as a whole, we have more time than we realize. And we are probably squandering more time than we think.
It gives real-life, practical examples for becoming a better manager of your time. It profiles a number of different individuals in different situations and shows how they are using their time well or specific ways they could improve their time usage.
I will admit, I was quite a bit skeptical about the The 5 AM Miracle book. Because Jeff Sanders isn’t a mom with young kids, I wondered if his methods would be applicable to my life. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many helpful tips and insights in it.
If you want some encouragement to start your days well, definitely check out this book.
If you struggle with knowing how to “make wise decisions in the midst of endless demands”, The Best Yes would be a great read!
What books would you add to my list? Tell me in the comments.
A few of the books I currently want to read:
- Spark Joy
- A Year of Yes
- Design Your Day
- New Slow City
- Twelve By Twelve
- Cleaning House
- Teaching From Rest (I’ve read this before but want to re-read it again!)
- 10% Happier
- Better Than Before
- I Know How She Does It
- Sleep Smarter
Have you read any of these? Which one would you recommend that I read first?
Psst! If you didn’t know, I wrote two books on time management: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode & 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. If you haven’t done so already, you might also want to check out my 14-day online course called Make Over Your Mornings.