In this 21st century, time management is one of our biggest problems in day to day life. Everyone having many ideas which can bring Success. But without the proper execution of that idea, there will be no success. To execute an idea, time management is the foremost necessity and it directly affects the productivity.
Many of us know that we have a problem in time management or our work productivity rate is lower than what we can actually do. Whoever noticed or understood that they have a problem in either of the above two or both, immediately start looking for solutions.
Just imagine you are looking for a solution to the time management and productivity issue. What will you do? You would search google for “How to improve Time Management?”, “tips for time management” and “ideas for time management”. You may read 4 to 5 websites that suggest ideas on that topic.
After reading the articles on those websites, what will happen next? You will become the best guy in time management and your productivity rate will increase twice or thrice, right?
We all know that it never going to happen. The next few days after you read the articles in those websites, you will get frustrated with your productivity and time management again and you will go to google and you will search for the same search terms you tried the first time. Now you will see the same websites with same articles. You will get more frustration in reading the same useless ideas. Then you have to watch “funny videos” in Youtube to reduce the frustration and stress caused by those articles you found.
What is the serious solution to improve time management and increase productivity?
Understanding the problem is the first step of solving the problem. In most cases, by just understanding the problem, people may find the solution. So, the solution is to understand why the time management issues happening and how it affects productivity.
Those articles we find on the internet may give us a small glimpse of understanding the problems. But the deep understanding comes only after we read a complete book written by an expert or analyst in this field.
Someone can say “time management courses are available and they helps overcomes this issue“. The point is you can read the book yourself or someone can read it for you. You pick what suits you the best.
Here I picked 5 books to understand the problem of time management and productivity. Time management and productivity, both are heavily co-related to each other. Some of the books may not have both of them in their title, but the content will make you understand both.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
The author of this book is David Allen. He is one of the New York Times bestselling author. This book was released fifteen years ago. But to till date, this is one of the top selling books in this genre. This book is coming with updated content in each edition.
The Publisher explains this book as follows –
In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:
- Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box to empty
- Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
- Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
- Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
- Feel fine about what you’re not doing
From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
Manage Your Day-to-Day concentrates on complications and distractions that block us to achieve our goals. This book contains suggestions and tricks from 22 creative experts. This book is mainly for people who need Focus and productivity increase in creative work.
The Publisher explains this book as follows –
The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
The author of this book is Arnold Bennett. This book has tips to improve the time management. The book is also very short and precise and thus reduces our reading time. This is not a book of the 21st century. This book was published in 1908. But still, the content fits the 21st Century time management.
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management
The author of this books is Kevin Kruse, New York Times bestselling author. As the title says, the author derived the secrets of time management based on a research that involves 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A-Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs. The book is filled with serious working techniques and tricks. And also very practical to follow in day to day routine.
The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
The author of this book is Chris Bailey, an expert in productivity subject. He conducted a yearlong research on productivity and earned knowledge from the results of many experiments. This book is less like the usual techniques and tricks about time management and productivity but more like an experimental approach. That experimental approach will be helpful for readers in a different way.