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7 Books You Should Read to Increase Your Productivity

7 Books You Should Read to Increase Your Productivity


Learning to be more productive is one of the best things we can do to be more effective and efficient with everything that we do. Being more productive means stuff takes less time, you make fewer mistakes and you make better quality progress towards some desired outcome. That said, it’s amazing they don’t teach basic productivity skills in schools and colleges. So, I’ve put together a short list of some of books that teach the essentials of productivity that everyone can benefit from.

1.The 4-Hour Work Weekby Tim Ferriss

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    The 4-Hour Work Week teaches techniques to increase your time and financial freedom giving you more lifestyle options. By automating a passive income and liberating yourself from unproductive tasks, you can live the lifestyle of the “new rich”—one defined by having, doing and being what you want. Even for those people who have no interest in starting their own business, the principles in The 4-Hour Work Week can be applied to almost any situation or environment you find yourself in. The ideas behind the 80/20 principle, outsourcing, elimination and liberation will help you develop a much more productive mindset.

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    Getting Things Doneby David Allengtd

      Getting Things Done is arguable the world’s most well known book on productivity. The lessons in this book should be considered essential reading for anyone looking to pursue a more productive lifestyle. Getting Things Done takes you through a workflow which you can use to manage your workload much more effectively. The principles in the book are simple, but are often the things we forget about that we need reminding of. Getting Things Done was recently updated to reflect how this workflow applies to modern technology.

      3.How to Win Friends & Influence Peopleby Dale Carnegie

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        Everyone, and I mean everyone can learn something from How to Win Friends & Influence People. The principles in the book are simple, but something a lot of us fail to use or remember. This book will help you to convince people to your way of thinking, avoid arguments and become more liked. If you’re in a leadership or sales type role, I strongly recommend this book. HTWFIP was one of the first best-selling self-help books ever published. Written by Dale Carnegie and first published in 1936, it has sold 15 million copies world-wide. But what has it got to do with Productivity? Well, by managing people more effectively (particularly in a working environment), you can produce better quality work together. This increased effectiveness goes hand-in-hand with higher productivity.

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        4.I Will Teach You to be Richby Rami Sethi

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          I Will Teach You to be Rich helps you identify where your money is going and gets it working for you so that you can save for the things that will bring you true happiness and lead a rich life. The six week program identifies how to create a system for optimising your bill payments, savings and investments so that your money goes to all the right places with less than an hour of maintenance a month. Now who wouldn’t want to spend less time managing their bank accounts while at the same time knowing that your money is going to the places it needs to be. Automating your finances like this is incredibly rewarding and will save you heaps of time every month.

          5.Manage Your Day to Dayby 99U

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            As the book describes; should you answer that email, or answer your calling? Tune into social media, or tune in to your own voice? Respond to other people’s needs or actively set your own agenda? When it comes to creative work, every decision, every day, matters. 99U brings together the insights of 20 creative experts to produce Manage Your Day to Day. Learn how to build a rock solid routine, find focus and sharpen your creative mind.

            6.Sleep Smarterby Shawn Stevenson

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              Sleep Smarter

              is a quick and easy read packed with facts, studies and scientific insight all about getting better quality sleep. Author, Shawn Stevenson takes you through the essential components of a good nights sleep. The book also contains a few surprises about how much impact sleep has on your day to day health. When you improve the quality of your sleep, almost every aspect of your life improves, including—yes, you guessed it—your productivity. By the end of the book you’ll definitely be settling in for a good nights sleep.

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              7.What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfastby Laura Vanderkam

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                Productivity researcher Laura Vanderkam has combined her three mini e-books into one comprehensive guide. Through Laura’s research and interviews, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast reveals how to plan your mornings, weekends and work time to be achieve greater productivity and happiness. It was after reading Laura’s book that I transformed my morning routine which is now one of my favourite times of day. If you’d like to learn the most common productivity skills among the worlds top performers, then this is the book for you.

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                15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                1. Purge Your Office

                De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                2. Gather and Redistribute

                Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                3. Establish Work “Zones”

                Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                4. Close Proximity

                Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                5. Get a Good Labeler

                Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                6. Revise Your Filing System

                As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                7. Clear off Your Desk

                Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                8. Organize your Desktop

                Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                9. Organize Your Drawers

                Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                10. Separate Inboxes

                If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                11. Clear Your Piles

                Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                12. Sort Mails

                Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                13. Assign Discard Dates

                You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                14. Filter Your Emails

                Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

                Take a look at these tips to achieve inbox zero: The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

                15. Straighten Your Desk

                At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                Bottom Line

                Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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