I just released the top 75 books on personal finance and it was insanely popular.

Now it’s time for the “best of the best” productivity list.  Yes, that’s a total of 150 books I’m recommending.  I hope your to-read list is growing!  I’m here to help with that.

I’ve been reading on productivity for years. Just like with personal finance, I’ve read some amazing books and some…not so amazing books.

I’ve decided to leave the not-so-amazing books out off the list. You’re welcome.

These books are not just the best books I have ever read on productivity; they are books that have changed my outlook (for the better) and helped me to achieve things I never would have believed I could do. Prepare to seriously become more productive…

Related:  How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life


top productivity books

Habit Creating and Goal Setting

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  1. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
  2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  3. Mini Habits by Stephen Guise
  4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  5. The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey
  6. The 5 A.M. Miracle by Jeff Sanders (read my review)
  7. Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei
  8. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  9. 23 Anti-Procrastination Habits by S.J. Scott
  10. The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  11. Ready Aim Fire! by Erik Fisher and Jim Woods
  12. How Successful People Grow by John Maxwell
  13. Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
  14. The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
  15. Changeology by John Norcross
  16. Sticky Habits by Barrie Davenport
  17. Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden
  18. Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden
  19. Failing Forward by John Maxwell
  20. Making Habits, Breaking Habits by Jeremy Dean
  21. Succeed by Heidi Grant Halvorson
  22. Redirect by Timothy D. Wilson
  23. Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott
  24. Smart Change by Art Markman
  25. Changing for Good by James Prochaska, John Norcross and Carlo DiClemente

Time Management and Getting Things Done

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  1. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  2. Ready for Anything by David Allen
  3. No Excuses! by Brian Tracy
  4. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
  5. Time Power by Brian Tracy
  6. Getting Results the Agile Way by J.D. Meier and Michael Kropp
  7. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  8. The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  9. Lifehacker’s Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better by Adam Pash
  10. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
  11. The One Thing by Gary Keller
  12. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  13. Time Warrior by Steve Chandler
  14. The One Minute To-do List by Michael Linenberger
  15. Master Your Workday Now By Michael Linenberger
  16. Control Your Day by Jim McCullen
  17. To-Do List Makeover by S.J. Scott
  18. 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman
  19. How to be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott
  20. The Productive Person by James Roper

Thinking and Mindset

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  1. Mindset by Carol Dweck
  2. The Magic of Thinking Big by by David Schwartz
  3. Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson
  4. Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  5. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard
  6. Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
  7. The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute
  8. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
  9. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  10. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  11. How Successful People Think by John Maxwell
  12. The Difference Maker by John Maxwell
  13. The E-Myth Revisted by Michael Gerber
  14. The Dip by Seth Godin
  15. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

Leadership and Dealing With People

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  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  2. How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People by Les Giblin
  3. Positive Personality Profiles by Robert A Rohm
  4. How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger
  5. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  6. How to Influence People by John Maxwell
  7. Leadership Gold by John Maxwell
  8. Full Engagement by Brian Tracy
  9. Great Leaders Grow by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller
  10. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman


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  1. The Power of Less by Leo Babuata
  2. Minimalism by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
  3. The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
  4. Simplify by Joshua Becker
  5. Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

The Reading List

Just like my list of finance books, it took me hours upon hours to put this list together. Every book on this list was carefully selected.

I have decided on these books through extensive research and yes, actually reading them.

That being said, if I missed something, let me know! I want this list to be a library that you can come to for ideas on what to read next to boost your productivity.

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