Top Productivity books recommended by experts

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Fundamentals of Productivity

Understanding the concepts of Productivity starts with understanding the fundamentals. On your way to mastery, it's crucial for you to understand how certain concepts were derived, and why things work like they do. Starting with these resources is the best way to do so.

Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life

Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

What is Flow about? Flow (1990) explores how we can experience enjoyment in our lives by controlling our attention and strengthening our resolve. This is achieved by being immersed in an activity or subject that makes us neither anxious (if it's too hard), nor bored (if it's too easy).

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Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done (GTD) is a personal productivity system developed by David Allen and published in a book of the same name. GTD is described as a time management system. Allen states "there is an inverse relationship between things on your mind and those things getting done".

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Deep Work

Deep Work

β€œDeep work” was coined by Cal Newport in his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. It refers to the capacity for concentrated, high-quality cognitive activities demanding deep focus, creativity, and problem-solving.

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism is more than 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 toward the things that really matter.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey provides a transformative guide for personal and professional success. It emphasizes proactive thinking, prioritization, effective communication, collaboration, and personal growth.

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