The following list is a collection of books that you can use to find different ways to improve your personal productivity, as well as how to guide and manage your team’s productivity levels from a leadership perspective.

These weekend reads can be essential in your ways of working and spark motivation to reach out to our consultants who can help you implement a proper productivity improvement plan.

Top five books that will make you reconsider how you think about productivity

  1. Nudge: The Final Edition by Professor Richard H. Thaler.

Nudge is about how we make choices. By knowing how people think, we can use “choice architecture” to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society, without restricting our freedom of choice. And as we have mentioned before, freedom plays a significant role in productivity.

Here’s a brilliant conversation about this book with the Nobel Prize-winning economist and the father of behavioural economics from Sydney Business Insights.

  1. Get Sh*t Done: The Ultimate Guide to Productivity, Procrastination, and Profitability by Jeffrey Gitomer.

This book will help you learn to identify and implement the elements of superior productivity, eliminate the causes of procrastination, and achieve the best possible outcomes in business and life. A key insight from this book is how keeping things simple and clear, helps to improve productivity. Sound familiar?

  1. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

According to Rick Kettner, the issues around digital addiction goes well beyond the time spent on our devices. Such habits can also affect our ability to focus for extended periods. So, even when our digital devices are disabled during work hours, we can still struggle to channel our attention toward meaningful work. An excellent read for the modern-day workplace distractions.

  1. The One Thing by Gary Keller.         

Real productivity is measured by results – the efficiency of the output, not the time or energy we invest. It’s possible to spend a lot of time on something with little to show. People use this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies and organisations such as Productivity SA are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching.

  1. Your Brain at Work by David Rock.

This book explains how to boost productivity, collaboration, and creativity by understanding how the brain works. It’s a very approachable guide to understanding the strengths and limitations of how our minds operate.

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Our goal is to lead and inspire a productive South Africa, thereby growing the economy and increasing our country’s competitiveness within the global market, even if it’s just by inspiring you to read more books about productivity as a start.

Learn more about Productivity SA’s vision, factors that hinder productivity and the benefits of increased efficiency and true productivity here.

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