Recommended Books

Getting Things Done



· Allen, DavidGetting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Revised Edition, 2001, 2015, Penguin Books, New York. A leading expert in business productivity with his GTD system of personal organization, this is a “must read” book for learning how to capture your ideas and things to do and then get the most important things done consistently.

Doing It Now



· Bliss, Edwin C. Doing It Now: A Twelve-Step Program for Curing Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals, 1983, 1984, 1986, Bantam Books Inc., New York. This is an oldie, but one of my favorite books on overcoming procrastination, and it still works! It includes lots of specific guidance on ways to stop procrastinating.

The 7 Habits



· Covey, Steven - The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, 1989, a Fireside Book by Simon & Schuster, New York. This book has been transformational in how people think about personal effectiveness and productivity, and still provides foundational concepts to productivity today.

The Power of Habit



· Duhigg, CharlesThe Power of Habit, 2012, and Smarter Faster Better, 2016, both through Random House, New York. These books explore how to improve personal effectiveness by developing positive habits. Both great reads, Duhigg includes lots of example stories as well as research information on the theory behind the strategies.

The NOW Habit



Fiore, Neil, PhD. - The NOW Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play, 1989, St. Martin’s Press, New York. Another oldie-but-goodie examining the psychology of procrastination, with many helpful strategies for its elimination.

REMOTE: Office Not Required



· Fried, Jason and Heinemeier Hansson, DavidREMOTE: Office Not Required, 2013, Crown Business. All about the specific challenges and advantages of working remotely. 

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Mini Habits


Guise, Stephen - Mini Habits - 2013, How to be an Imperfectionist, 2015, and Mini Habits for Weight Loss, 2016. All 3 books provide powerful self-help strategies for developing & maintaining positive habits.

The ONE Thing


Keller, Gary & Papasan, Jay - The ONE THING, 2013. A very accessible, well-researched and clearly written book on how to think bigger and accomplish more through planning and extreme focus.

The 80/20 Principle


Koch, Richard - The 80/20 Principle, 1998. The original book on how the Pareto Principle in economics can be applied to personal and business life.

Organize Your Office .. In No Time


Ricci, Monica - Organize Your Office ... In No Time, 2006. Provides detailed, practical information on how to organie your files, workspace, and storage to help you manage your time and produce more.

It's About Time



Sapadin, Dr. Linda with Maguire, Jack It’s About Time: The 6 Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them, 1996, Penguin Books, New York. Another favorite of mine, this book examines the psychology behind the different styles of procrastination, and provides specific ways to change how you think, speak and act for each style.

What To Do When There's Too Much to Do


Stack, Laura is the author of multiple books on productivity and time management. One I would particularly recommend is from 2012 – What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do, which provides great tips on creating a productive workflow. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, CA.

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Making Time Work for You


Taylor, Harold L. – Making Time Work for You, 1983, 2008, Time Management Consultants, Toronto, Ontario, and Delegate: The Key to Successful Management, 1984, 1989, Stoddart Publishing Co., Limited, Toronto, Ontario. I’ve studied with Harold Taylor, and love his practical but fun approach to time management.

Eat That Frog!


Tracy, BrianEat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Second Edition, 2007, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, Calif. Another one of my favorites, this is a fun and easy-to-read book with 21 clear, simple, and memorable strategies for getting more done. 

Time Management Made Easy


Turla, Peter A. and Hawkins, Kathleen L.Time Management Made Easy, 1983, 1984, Plume Publishing (no longer in print, but copies available via Amazon). A former NASA rocket scientist, Peter Turla provides easy and very accessible tips for managing your time. 

Making Meetings Matter


Ware, James, Ph.D. – Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age, 2016, Indie Books International, Oceanside, Calif. Detailed recommendations and “New Rules” to make management meetings more effective and productive. 

The Organized Executive


Winston, StephanieThe Organized Executive, The Classic Program for Productivity: New Ways to Manage Time, Paper, People and the Digital Office. 1983, 1994, 2001, Warner Books, New York. A business classic that provides a solid foundational reference for creating a productive work environment.

Work Less, Do More


Yager, Jan, Ph.D. Work Less, Do More: The 14-Day Productivity Makeover, 2008, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York. This is a really helpful book with lots of strategies on many of the same topics I covered in this book. Jan includes lots of self-assessments, logs and other tools to help you be more productive.

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