Best Books on Time Management and Productivity Every Manager Should Read

Proper time management is one of the essential factors of success. This article has introduced some books in front of you about time management and productivity that will help you to improve your time management skill.

Contents

What exactly is time management?
The importance of time management
Tricks to improve your time management skills
Eat That Frog!
168 Hours:
Make Time:
The 4- Hour Workweek:
Deep Work:
The Pomodoro Technique:
Time Management Ninja:
Pressed for Time:
Competing Against Time:
Getting Things Done:
80/20 Principle:
The Checklist Manifesto:
The Power of Habit:
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management:

Time is one of the most significant issues which either makes us a winner or a complete loser. So how are some people able to reach the peak of success and others are just lagging behind feeding on their failures and heartbreaks? Does it ever cross your mind how these winners are able to get what they want? Well, to be really honest there’s no magic. It’s them. They are the magicians. They make the magic happen. I know exactly what popped in your head hearing this. What is their magic spell? It’s time. The proper management of time is what they abide by to get their job done. Time management provokes you to be disciplined, remain honest towards your job, maintain punctuality, be strategic and always look for the best way to solve the problems unitedly within the allocated time you’re given with.

What exactly is time management?

According to the dictionary it is ‘the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively, especially at work.’

The importance of time management

As the saying goes, Time is money. If you agree to this, I’d like to welcome you to my next phase of discussion. Be it in personal life or in our professional life, the importance of time is immense. You cannot possibly believe in achieving any kind of success without realizing its value and work accordingly. Managing time is not just a must for any leader but it also is the first step to making one’s mind to reach the peak of success. For this we have to understand the benefits of using time wisely. Once we get this we start to execute according to the understanding we developed by knowing the tangible miracles of time management

Know your limits

How long does a normal man work? Study says at an average a man can work for seven hours. Working more than that might be a lack of concentration and hamper in mental peace. So you have to know how long you can actually use the time. Time gone is gone for good. To make proper use of it first know your ability as to how long you can remain focused and use the time. Once you get this, get started!

Get smart

Of course, we need hardworking people. But nobody ever won a war by working hard and following mainstream strategies. Get smart. Make time for you and not against you. Find the hacks for making things easier and this would automatically save a whole lot of time.

Decide wisely

Once we have a hold of time we can relax and stay focused. This allows us to take decisions wisely. But the shortage of time never lets us focus. We tend to stress out ourselves and end up with irrational and impulsive decisions.

Keep getting better

If we work efficiently, we happen to manage time in improving our tactics and game plans. We can engage ourselves into different other jobs and do what we love. Also needless to say, self improvement is always rewarding.

Stress not

Truth be told, at the moment I’m super stressed because I got a deadline for this article to finish and the clock isn’t my ally at the moment. This is what happens when you’re not using time wisely. Eventually everything starts falling apart and there is no way you can overcome it. It’s a black hole.

Tricks to improve your time management skills

  • Track your time
  • Plan your schedule
  • Set deadlines
  • One job at a time
  • Take breaks

Time management books can be a real wonder to make things a lot easier. There are quite a number of books for time management. Some of these are curated as follows:

Eat That Frog!

21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

The title might come to you as a surprise. What has time to do anything with eating a frog? As writer Mark Twain said nothing could be worse than a person eating a frog in the morning. So, if you’ve already had the worst share of the day then the rest of the day is just getting better.

This book encourages you to save time by letting you know as to which task should be prioritized accordingly. It also solves issues of low productivity, poor discipline and lethargic work progress.

168 Hours:

You Have Made More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

The main problem with time management is that we focus more on the broader perspective. We count the days and not the hours. To be more productive and make things happen Laura Vanderkam urges us to steal time from ourselves. This book also provides us with a number of interviews of successful people and their stories of utilising time.

Make Time:

How to Focus on What Matters Everyday by Jake Zeratsky and John Knapp

This book addresses the four step system which teaches you the tricks of having more free time and becoming productive with the time you spent in work. Jake and John suggest focusing on small changes and gradually make bigger and better changes.

The 4- Hour Workweek:

Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

Startup founders list this book as their top favourite. People who are more of staying relaxed and hassle free should read this book. Do less yet accomplish more. It will furnish your thoughts on how to work and use time wisely.

Deep Work:

Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Cal Newport presents a set of four principles for changing the approach to work in the book. He addresses the reasons behind the struggles we face while using time. The book also provides diverse examples to support his points.

The Pomodoro Technique:

The Life- Changing Time- Management System by Francesco Cirillo

Pomodoro Technique is one of the most noteworthy techniques which calls on working in intervals and have short breaks in between to refresh our minds and keep the working speed steady. This strategy proved to be very promising in increasing productivity. This book can undoubtedly be labelled as the grandad of all time management books.

Time Management Ninja:

21 Tips for More Time and Less Stress in Your Life by Craig Jarrow

This book provides you with game changer 21 tips on managing work time and personal time. Jarrow tried to explain things in a much simpler way considering the other books till date have been very complex to understand let alone follow their rules.

Pressed for Time:

The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism by Judy Wajcman

The blessings of the digital world is absolutely phenomenal. But this comes with a price. We tend to misuse the blessings and a lot of time gets wasted in the process. Wajcman advices to focus on the brighter side of the digital world for our own good.

Competing Against Time:

How Time- Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets by George Stalk

Time does not provide us the luxury of freedom. It is a commitment to use it well and stay in the top. Author George discusses how time can be utilized as a main component of competitiveness to excel in the run of productivity and progression.

Getting Things Done:

The Art of Stress- Free Productivity by David Allen

David Allen promises to make things easy peasy for you. If you’re up for having a relaxed yet productive life gives this book a read. To keep you calm and work in stressful situations and teach you the tricks of working in a less chaotic way is the motto of this book, truth be told.

80/20 Principle:

The Secret of Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch

According to the Pareto principle, 80% of our output comes from 20% of the input. This book almost a decade old has the spells of solving the modern problems of these days. It enlightens you on the work you’re to do to get that 20% right and get the best out of time.

The Checklist Manifesto:

How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

The author disagrees with the idea of being a successful person knly if you have immense knowledge. No is his answer. He encourages to form a simple checklist keeping it subtle and work smarter.

The Power of Habit:

Why We Do What Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

This book explains how important it is to have the proper habits. It not only makes us healthy but also plays a vital role in our achievements. Scientific researches of habits are introduced in the book. The author puts a good show of successful companies and organisations, he shows how habits shape us in what we do and how we can free up more time by changing them.

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management:

The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight- A students and 239 Entrepreneurs by Kevin Kruse

The title of the book speaks for itself. It unfolds the struggles and strategies of different successful people from different sectors. Besides this, it also has lessons on managing time and leaves the workplace earlier than usual without any guilt rather a sigh of relief that you’re doing enough and what’s needed to be done.

If you’ve read this far, you’re welcome now that I’ve shown you the lightened path on the other side of the tunnel. To give you a heads up and the blazing spark just remember the old saying, Time is Money.

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