10 Great Time Management Books

Author David Allen, productivity guru and the brains behind the time management system called “Getting Things Done,” is considered to be one of the current leaders of the success revolution. His book appears first on the list of the top ten books in time management.

#1 Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen.

GTD David AllenOriginally published almost 15 years ago, this book has been revised and updated for 2015. David Allen is considered to be one of the world leading productivity consultants. His Getting Things Done (GTD) Method is based on writing down your tasks and projects and then breaking them into actionable steps.

His system is highly successful because it allows you to focus your attention on one thing at a time and complete it. You can then check your item off the list and don’t have to think about it again. Famous people the world over credit Allen with being the master of getting things done.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or check out the official GTD site.

#2 How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do by Graham Allcott.

productivity ninjaThe author of this book believes there’s a better way to time management than the traditional methods. In today’s information overload, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Graham Alcott teaches methods to kill procrastination, accomplish more, enjoy the work you do and get more satisfaction out of life as a result.

This book is easy to follow, with fun actionable steps and in a world obsessed with complexity it is amazingly simple and straight forward.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or check out the official site here.

#3 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.

power of habitNamed as one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, this New York Times Bestseller teaches you how to change the patterns in your brain. Habits shape our lives. In order to change our lives, we need to change our habits, or patterns of doing things. By harnessing the power of change, we can transform our businesses and our lives. You will be taken to the thrilling edge of scientific discovery explaining why habits exist and how to change them.

“Entertaining…enjoyable…fascinating…a serious look at the science of habit formation and change.” – The New York Times Book Review.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or check out the official site here.

#4 Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy.

eat that frogThis popular classic time management book includes a section on preventing technology from dominating our schedules and stealing our time. It has sold almost half a million copies and been translated into 23 languages. This book gives you the 21 most effective techniques to conquer procrastination and get more done.

Author Brian Tracy is known and respected worldwide as a seminar speaker, author and productivity experts. He lays out a plan in his book you can use to achieve great heights. The analogy of eating the frog refers to doing the difficult tasks first. The book also includes life organization skills you can put into action to make the most out of your schedule.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or visit Brian’s site.

#5 Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei.

manage your day to dayAuthor Jocelyn Glei gives you techniques to stop doing busy work and start doing your best work. With her guidance you can tackle the challenges of a busy workplace, build a routine, and discover a new laser focus in your time management skills.

This book features contributions from a number of other authors, professionals, entrepreneurs and experts including Seth Godin, Lori Deschene, Tony Schwartz, James Victore and more.

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#6 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey.

7 habitsThis inspiring book has made a huge impact on readers for over 25 years. Everyone from parents and educators to CEOs and Presidents have used its precepts to transform their lives.

When this book was first published in 1990, it quickly rose to the top in the professional effectiveness niche. He uses a blend of time management, perception change, positive thinking and being proactive to teach his principles.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or visit the official site.

#7 No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs: The Ultimate No Holds Barred Kick Butt Take No Prisoners Guide to Time Productivity and Sanity by Dan S. Kennedy.

no bs time managementDo you want to boost your productivity? Dan’s less-is-more approach delivers the insights and techniques you need! Kennedy achieves high levels of productivity by avoiding the traditional goal-setting techniques so many other authors rely on. He focuses on teaching his students to leverage cooperative relationships, hire virtual assistants and subscribe to errand-running services.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or visit the official site.

#8 The 10X Rule: The Only Difference between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone.

the 10x ruleAuthor Grant Cardone lives by the principle that if you want to achieve big goals, you have to give more than just normal action. Reaching the next level means knowing how to achieve higher degrees of action. The 10X rule uncovers the technique of “Massive Action” and shows you how to blast through brick walls and take logical steps to realize your dreams.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or visit Grant’s site.

#9 The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande.

checklist manifestoOriginally geared toward the health care industry, The Checklist Manifesto contains great techniques anyone can apply in their lives to more effectively use the checklist to stay organized and get stuff done. Atul tells riveting stories and uses them to illustrate the pros and cons of checklists when used in a variety of industries and professions.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or visit the official site.

#10 I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam.

i know how she does itAre you a working woman with a family trying to juggle home, work, family, marriage, and a social life, all while trying to get a decent night’s sleep? If you said yes, then this is the book for you! Author and time management expert Laura Vanderkam has hit it out of the park with her specific strategies you can use to juggle all the important things in life successfully and have joy in the journey.

Buy it from Amazon (affiliate link) or visit Laura’s site.


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  1. Bud on February 7, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Hey Paul,

    Great list of time management/productivity books. I have most of them as well, but you should add 2 more:

    1. Getting Results the Agile Way by JD Meier. It gives a little different approach based on the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly outcomes. The focus is more on impact and outcomes, than on task management.

    2. Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life – based on more simple principles and the use of a Kanban board

    I’m a bit of a productivity geek, so I’ve added your site to my feed along side of Asian Efficiency & Mike Vardy’s The Productivityist.

    Keep up the great work!


    • Paul on February 7, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      Hi Bud,
      Thanks for the recommendations and the encouraging words – I will take a look at those books. Also humbled to be alongside those blogs. I think I have a long way to go before I can touch their authority!
      Thanks again

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