8 must-read books on Time Management and Productivity

Lena Haydt
Aug 13 · 3 min read

Whether you are in your home or at the office, during these times a lot of people struggle to manage their working hours properly. When did you take your last break? Do you have trouble focusing? Do you spend all day in Zoom calls? We’ve collected eight exciting books that share advice and strategies around deep-work, time management, and productivity that will help you in your work as well as personal life.

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Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
by Cal Newport

Why read?

Who should read this book? Deep work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy.

304 pages, Grand Central Publishing 2016

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Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown

Why read?

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

272 pages, Currency 2014

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Make Time

How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky

Why read?

As creators of Google Ventures’ renowned “design sprint,” Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products from Gmail to YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own habits and routines, looking for ways to help people optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they’ve packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days. Make Time is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, it offers a customizable menu of bite-size tips and strategies that can be tailored to individual habits and lifestyles.

Make Time isn’t about productivity, or checking off more to-dos. Nor does it propose unrealistic solutions like throwing out your smartphone or swearing off social media. Making time isn’t about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it’s about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction.

304 pages, Currency 2018

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Lena Haydt

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Senior Product Manager @XING, Founder of @PM Library

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With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

Lena Haydt

Written by

Senior Product Manager @XING, Founder of @PM Library

PM Library

With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

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