5 Must-Read Productivity Books to Inspire You in 2022

by | Mar 3, 2022 | Professional development | 0 comments

5 Must-Read Productivity Books to Inspire You in 2022

by | Mar 3, 2022 | Professional development | 0 comments

Looking for motivation for these cold months of 2022? Look no further. Our team has put together an out of the box list of 5 must-read productivity books to lift your mood, improve your focus and boost your efficiency!

 

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t occasionally get overwhelmed with their workload. I know I do!

While I love my busy life, sometimes it can get a bit much. Normally, I don’t question my workload and social commitments, I question my abilities and willpower – imposter syndrome and I have been good friends since childhood! But over the course of drafting this article, I decided to make a physical list of ALL my daily, weekly, and monthly commitments. To get a better picture. All that needs to be said is that I’d run out of paper…

If you’re like me and like to look for answers in blog posts and books, you’re in the right place. But before I share with you the list of our five must-read productivity books, I thought I’d share this: having seen my list, I’d recommend you make your own.

Here’s the thing: we’re more busy than we think we are, we’ve just done a good job automating going through the motions. There are many things we do on autopilot now, which isn’t to say they’re not effort. Keep that in mind next time your body starts telling you to take it easy – it knows better than you do.

Productivity doesn’t mean doing as much as possible but putting intent back in doing, to increase what we put into your work and what we get out of it.

Slightly Out of the Box 5 Must-Read Productivity Books

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

 

This productivity book is a very fun read!

Chris Bailey spent a year intensely exploring the subject of productivity, trying out hacks and testing theories. From depriving himself of sleep and giving up caffeine, to spending 10 days in complete isolation, to stretching his work week to 90 hours, he takes a deep dive experiment into its pursuit – all while monitoring the impact of his activities the quantity and quality of his work.

In this personal, entertaining, and engaging book, Bailey presents his own findings, while also supporting them with scientific facts, of course. He offers a comprehensive list of insights and easy-to-implement best practices to help you achieve more without adding to your already jam-packed schedule.

“Busyness does not translate into productivity if it doesn’t lead you to accomplish anything.”

What we love: The emphasis on the link between body energy levels and productivity. Our team knows the importance of looking after our bodies and minds to achieve both personal and professional goals. We like seeing this issue discussed at length in this productivity book.

 

Drop the ball. Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu

 

Tiffany Dufu, a renowned voice in the women’s leadership movement, gives her personal insight into how she balances her thriving career with her busy personal life. – Dufu is the Chief Leadership Officer at Levo, a sought-after speaker, a go-to resource for the media, a wife, and a mother of two!

Drop the Ball is a thought-provoking, authentic personal story, packed with verve, humour and actionable insights. It urges readers to embrace imperfection, expect less of themselves and more from others. It’s for anyone used to being top of the class and convinced that to have it all you have to do it all.

While Drop the Ball is about a high-achieving woman, it is not only for women. Turning a life story into life lessons for all, Dufu talks leadership, productivity, the art of letting go, feminism and gender equality.

“As far as I’m concerned there isn’t anyone who shouldn’t read Drop the Ball.”Business Insider

What we love: There are SO MANY things to love about Dufu’s book. But, as a team, we chose the dry-cleaning anecdote used to encourage delegating tasks to others/asking for help. One of our own values and ongoing commitments is creating an educational team culture where we are intellectually secure. – Secure enough to ask for help, to be bold, and to be courageous enough to fail, and to drive innovation.

 

Remote by 37Signals

 

This productivity book is for both business leaders and their employees! Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of Basecamp, bring new insights into the heated debate on remote working.

While providing a comprehensive overview of remote work’s challenges, Jason and David persuasively show both employers and their employees how well they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any place, anytime. They suggest ideas to improve efficiency and tools to improve collaboration within teams.

Whether you’re a manager struggling to manage their people virtually, or a, employee trying to upgrade their lifestyle while still performing to their best abilities, Remote is your indispensable guide!

What we love: As a start-up, we know the importance of communication and getting work done. But we also know that work doesn’t just happen at the office and between 9am and 5pm. It becomes clearer and clearer that different people work differently – some of us are more efficient in the early hours of the morning, some of us are night owls. It’s important to give employees flexibility they need to deliver the best results, and Remote makes a great argument for it!

 

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

 

People are creatures of habit. I know I am! Fortunately, and not, habits are the compound interest of self-improvement – every little thing you do consistently dictates your life. The problem is that it’s extremely hard to break our deeply rooted patterns and routines and develop new ones. Not because we’re lacking willpower, but because our systems are flawed.

In this productivity book, James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, provides several interesting techniques to get you to start a good habit or break a bad one.

Atomic Habits reshapes the way you think about progress and success and provides you with systems to achieve your goals. Whether you are a team looking to win a new client, an organization aiming to redefine an industry, or an individual who wishes to reduce stress, this book is for you.

What we love: “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

 

The Book of Awesome – Neil Pasricha

 

Okay, this one might not be considered a productivity book per se, but we know that happiness promotes productivity and efficiency. We talked about it last week in our post about 5 Things That Really Matter to Data Professionals. Equally, getting caught up in the constant stream of information – news (bad news mostly), social media noise, and the constant societal pressure of always doing more and faster, can entail the opposite. – It can make it feel overwhelming, ultimately slowing us down…Or it can make us rush through our busy schedules with no intention other than putting a tick next to one of a 100 weekly tasks.

What often can make us more productive and efficient is pausing. But not pausing work to procrastinate on our phones, no. Pausing to show some appreciation. Pausing to practice gratitude. We’re increasingly busy and gradually loosing the ability to do so, resulting in many of us feeling swamped.

“With so much sad news and bad news pouring down upon us, it’s fun to stop for a minute and share a universal high five with the rest of humanity.”

From daily commutes, weekly groceries and topping up fuel, the author takes the simple average everyday things in life and rediscovers how awesome they really are.

“It seems like maybe these tiny little moments make an awesome difference in many of our rushed, jam-packed lives.”

What we love: Pasricha puts intention back in living and makes us appreciate the world around us. Yes, our lives are busy, but no, you don’t have to get away for the weekend to enjoy them!

 

 

 

 

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