9 Practical Books about Productivity for Your Office Library

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Do you want your employees to be more productive, confident, empathetic, actively engaged, and perform better in their daily job? If yes, the answer to this question is quite easy – initiate a workplace community and get your employees read books.

Why reading and not practice or training? Reading is fundamental to shape the way we think, while practical exercise is a good way to implement what we already know. Besides, high achievers and productive people love to read. For example, Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year, while Mark Cuban allocate more than 3 hours every day to read.

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Science has also proven that reading is a good habit which should be developed within the workplace. The Telegraph reported that reading can actually help people control stress. “Reading worked best, reducing stress levels by 68 percent,” said Dr David Lewis to the news. In addition, reading also increases creativity and causes the reader to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness. In other words, it does improve wellbeing.

If you want to focus on helping your “bibliophile employees” be more productive, here are nine productivity books that should be available in your office library. 

Note: All the indicators are taken from Amazon

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Allen is a widely known author as the world’s leading expert on personal and organisational productivity. In his book, he discusses the entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks. Each chapter of this book reviews different part of productivity strategy. For example, in chapter 3, he discusses  how to break down a project of any size and scope in details.

  • Book rating: 4.5 / 5 from 736 reviewers
  • Paperback price: US$12.65
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Duhigg is a reporter for The New York Times and author of two best-selling productivity books. In The Power of Habit, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. The book also explains that our productivity and success is achieved by understanding how habits work.

  • Book rating: 4.5 / 5 from 4,999 reviewers
  • Paperback price: US$12.85
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Ferriss is #1 New York Times bestselling author and is a serial entrepreneur. In this book, he discusses a classic that is still incredibly relevant to today’s workforce. It takes many ideas to the extreme but is a great primer on working smarter.

  • Book rating: 4.4 / 5 from 5,211 reviewers
  • Hardcover price: US$14.49
Essentialism by Greg McKeown

In The Essentialism, McKeown teaches us the way of getting things done and how to be productive-self you always dream to be. He said, “It is not a time management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential.”

  • Book rating: 4.4 / 5 from 5,211 reviewers
  • Hardcover price: US$18.95
The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

The One Thing is voted to be Top 100 Business Book of All Times on Goodreads. The book prompts us to focus on the one thing that will most greatly impact our day, week, month, or life. This is a good book that reminds us that “less is more”.

  • Book rating: 4.7 / 5 from 2,723 reviewers
  • Hardcover price: US$16.29
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

This is a classic book and the best historic book for productivity. Franklin was definitely a human who knew how to make the most of his time. Through this book, you will discover the story of Franklin’s life which is written with an eye toward the lessons he learned and how those help you toward your life success.

  • Book rating: 4.3 / 5 from 1,489 reviewers
  • Paperback price: US$3.59
Think Like da Vinci by Michael Gelb

Another lesson from a great individual of all time. This book describes part historical commentary about da Vinci and part productivity book with excellent exercises to boot. After reading the book, you probably won’t necessarily find accurate information that da Vinci is a thinker but you will come away with valuable information inside.

  • Book rating: 4.4 / 5 from 3 reviewers
  • Paperback price: US$15.76
The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

Bailey is a productivity expert who wrote over 300,000 words on the subject of productivity on his blog, alifeofproductivity.com. He also conducted intensive research as well as dozens of productivity experiments on himself to discover how to become as productive as possible. In this book, he shares an eye-opening and thoroughly engaging read, concept, and strategy to productivity that certainly help you accomplish more.

  • Book rating: 4.5 / 5 from 170 reviewers
  • Hardcover price: US$43.88
Linchpin by Seth Godin

This book serves as a great booster for you who are interested in getting more done. Linchpin can help you become an intelligent risk-taker who can overcome mental resistance and eventually get more done than everyone else.

  • Book rating: 4.3 / 5 from 763 reviewers
  • Paperback price: US$12.87

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