Top 5 Books on Time Management

Time management is a fantastically large area. There are so many good books on the subject that no one could chronicle them all. This is a collection of the top 5 time management books that have helped me restructure my day to day activities.

1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

I think this was the most recommended book I have ever run across, but it was not so easy to understand that it was being recommended because those in the know refer to it as GTD. It took me many months to understand what this GTD that I needed was a book. The number one thing that has stuck with me is having a trusted place to put my thoughts and ideas so that my mind remains clutter free.

2. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

This book helps you understand how to remove the actions that don’t matter in your life and spend more time on the actions that matter a lot. One of my favorite lines and one that really made me stop and think is

“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”

This book is very easy to read through and many of the ideas jump out like the one above. It gets me to stop and think about what I am doing and sometimes I have to ask myself

“Is this the very most important thing I should be doing with my time and resources right now?”

If not I move on, because I am the writer in my story not that other guy.

3. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

The book is full of short and practical stories and ideas for improving time management and productivity. I found that this book is a great stater for those new to time management. The book sets the foundation that all other time management systems will build off of.

4. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

By focusing you time on what you do best and minimizing all other activities, you will have a greater sense of satisfaction and time for other activities. This book was part of one of my college courses where we were made to outline our days in a bar graph fashion for 168 hours. It was amazing to see these blocks of time like sleep or traffic suck up the 168 hours so quickly.

5. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less

Simply put, 80% of your results will come from 20% of your effort. I now think about what I am doing in terms of weather or not the activity lies in the 20% or not. If I find that I am putting time awards an activity that will fall into the 80% waste category I stop.

If you are fuming because your favorite book is not in my list, don’t worry I probably haven’t read it yet. I read a lot. So, if you think  I need to read a book tell me about it in the comment section below.

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