The best 99 Effectiveness books

Effectiveness is a key factor in achieving success, both personally and professionally. It's essential to learn how to optimize your time and resources to reach your goals. Our handpicked book list is here to help you do just that.

With these books, you'll explore various approaches to increase your effectiveness in different aspects of life. Whether it's time management, decision-making, or communication, we've got you covered. So, let's embrace your full potential and start your journey towards a more effective life!
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
4.7 (2,414 ratings)

What's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People about?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) is one of the most celebrated self-help books of all time. This enormously influential guide presents a series of practical principles that will help you succeed in your personal and professional lives.

Who should read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

  • Professionals aspiring to fulfill their potential
  • People looking to build stronger relationships
  • Anyone seeking to understand a self-help classic

Smarter Not Harder

Smarter Not Harder

Dave Asprey
The Biohacker's Guide to Getting the Body and Mind You Want
3.5 (60 ratings)

What's Smarter Not Harder about?

Smarter Not Harder (2023) is a guide to biohacking your metabolic, neurological, and epigenetic systems. It will show you how to maximize your well-being by making your Meat Operating System, or MeatOS, do what you want it to do by doing less – by doing things smarter, not harder.

Who should read Smarter Not Harder?

  • Lazy people who want to make their laziness work for them
  • Anyone looking to improve their well-being
  • Tired people looking for more energy

The Clutter Connection

The Clutter Connection

Cassandra Aarssen
How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize the Way You Do
4.4 (20 ratings)

What's The Clutter Connection about?

The Clutter Connection (2019) explains the root cause behind your cluttered space. It delves into the four different organizing personality styles and offers easy-to-follow, tailored suggestions for organizing your home based on your distinct style.

Who should read The Clutter Connection?

  • Messy people wanting to organize their spaces
  • Moms looking to declutter their homes
  • Anyone drowning in clutter

The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Workweek

Tim Ferriss
Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
4.2 (1,877 ratings)

What's The 4-Hour Workweek about?

The 4-Hour Workweek (2009) describes the life of the New Rich, people who’ve emancipated themselves from the slavery of office work and built a life centered around happiness in the here and now. If you want to lead such a life too, you’ll have to start by being more productive and finding a source of continuous – and almost entirely passive – income. These blinks will show you how.

Who should read The 4-Hour Workweek?

  • Anyone sick of the nine-to-five rat race
  • Employees who dream of a lifestyle of travel and leisure
  • People who aren’t sure how to achieve their dreams


The 8th Habit

The 8th Habit

Stephen R. Covey
From Effectiveness to Greatness
4.0 (406 ratings)

What's The 8th Habit about?

The 8th Habit (2004) helps you find your inner voice and thereby lead a more fulfilled life. Covey explains why we struggle to feel motivated and passionate (particularly in our working life) and how we can go about changing that.

Who should read The 8th Habit?

  • Business leaders
  • Anyone feeling lost or unfulfilled
  • People striving to work efficiently and with joy

Deep Work

Deep Work

Cal Newport
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
4.3 (1,638 ratings)

What's Deep Work about?

Deep Work (2016) is all about how the rise of technology has wrecked our ability to concentrate deeply on tasks – and how to overcome this blockade. These blinks illustrate different strategies that can help you improve the output of your work and get the most out of your free time.

Who should read Deep Work?

  • Anyone trying to concentrate on cognitively demanding tasks
  • People whose days are consumed by email, social media and technology
  • Workers interested in learning tools to enhance their productivity

Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Jeremy Dean
Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick
4.1 (537 ratings)

What's Making Habits, Breaking Habits about?

Making Habits, Breaking Habits (2013) provides an overview of exactly what habits are and how we form them. Using this knowledge, it reveals how to create healthy habits and tackle the bad ones so that we can experience lasting, positive change in our everyday lives.

Who should read Making Habits, Breaking Habits?

  • People interested in human behavior and psychology
  • Anyone willing to improve their life and make lasting changes

The 80/20 Principle

The 80/20 Principle

Richard Koch
The Secret to Achieving More with Less
4.4 (817 ratings)

What's The 80/20 Principle about?

The 80/20 Principle (1997) was named one of GQ's Top 25 Business Books of the Twentieth Century. It's about the 80/20 principle, which says that 80 percent of results are generated by just 20 percent of effort. This phenomenon has huge implications for every area of life, as it helps single out the most important factors in any situation.

Who should read The 80/20 Principle?

  • Anyone who wants to get better results without expending more time
  • Anyone who wants to free up more of their time and lead a happier life
  • Anyone who wants to increase the profitability of their business

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers

Sean Covey
The International Bestseller Updated for the Digital Age
4.3 (15 ratings)

What's The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers about?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers (2011) invites teenagers to begin taking charge of their lives by teaching them seven habits that help them thrive and will set them up for a successful future. 

Who should read The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers?

  • Parents and guardians of teens
  • Teachers and other role models
  • Leadership coaches

First Things First

First Things First

Stephen R. Covey
To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy
4.6 (610 ratings)

What's First Things First about?

This title provides you with valuable insights and guidelines that will help you focus your life on the things that are truly the most meaningful. You’ll learn how to set your priorities, make the best decisions, and develop a keen vision for the future. If you’re looking to create positive change in your life, this book is a great place to start!

Who should read First Things First?

  • Anyone who feels a lack of inner peace, balance or meaning in life
  • Anyone who wants to use his or her time more effectively
  • Anyone who has a hard time making big decisions
  • Anyone who wants to improve the quality of his or her life

Building a Second Brain

Building a Second Brain

Tiago Forte
A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential
4.5 (632 ratings)

What's Building a Second Brain about?

Building a Second Brain by productivity expert Tiago Forte offers simple, effective, and workable solutions to one of the biggest challenges we face today: information overload. Using four key organizational principles, Forte shows how you can leverage digital tools to create a knowledge storage system as intuitive and efficient as a second brain. 

Who should read Building a Second Brain?

  • Knowledge workers whose professional success hinges on information management;
  • Students struggling to synthesize vast amounts of new information;
  • Anyone who wants to boost their calm, creativity, and productivity.

Robert's Rules of Order

Robert's Rules of Order

Henry M. Robert III
Using Parliamentary Procedure for More Efficient Meetings

What's Robert's Rules of Order about?

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (2020) is the 12th and only current authorized edition of the widely accepted standard reference for parliamentary procedure, replacing all previous editions that date to 1876. It outlines principles and guidelines that establish equal rights among members of deliberative and decision-making groups to improve the fairness and efficiency of meetings.

Who should read Robert's Rules of Order?

  • Anyone looking to lead better meetings
  • People who serve organizations that use Robert’s Rules of Order
  • People with an interest in procedures used by governing bodies



Greg McKeown
Improve your life by only focusing on the essentials
4.5 (776 ratings)

What's Essentialism about?

Essentialism (2014) teaches you how to do better by doing less. By offering practical solutions for how to get your priorities straight, Essentialism helps you to eliminate all of the junk in your routine that’s keeping you from being truly productive and fulfilled.

Who should read Essentialism?

  • Anyone who thinks that they are far too busy without being productive
  • Anyone who feels like there is never enough time
  • Anyone having a hard time identifying his or her priorities in life

The Now Habit

The Now Habit

Neil Fiore
A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
4.5 (261 ratings)

What's The Now Habit about?

The Now Habit investigates a problem many people can relate to today: procrastination. Why do people put off important tasks until the last possible second? And how can they be helped? The Now Habit explains where this phenomenon comes from, and which mindset and tools can help us overcome it.

Who should read The Now Habit?

  • Anyone suffering from procrastination
  • Anyone who wants to help a chronic procrastinator
  • Anyone interested in self-management and personal development

Eat That Frog!

Eat That Frog!

Brian Tracy
21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
4.4 (647 ratings)

What's Eat That Frog! about?

Eat That Frog! is all about overcoming procrastination and learning to manage your time. It’s normal to feel drowned in work, but when you learn to “eat your frogs” – meaning do your most important tasks first – you’ll work more efficiently and be happier too.

Who should read Eat That Frog!?

  • Procrastinators anonymous
  • Anyone with a goal to achieve
  • Those overwhelmed by all the work they have to do

Tiny Habits

Tiny Habits

BJ Fogg
The Small Changes That Change Everything
4.6 (1,534 ratings)

What's Tiny Habits about?

Tiny Habits (2019) is a meditation on the virtues of not biting off more than you can chew. If you want to make positive changes stick, behavioral analyst BJ Fogg argues, you have to think small. Want to get in shape? Start with two pushups a day. Want to become more mindful? Take a yoga breath every time you close your car door. These “tiny habits” set the bar low, which means it’s easier to incorporate them into your existing routine. Over time, however, they rewire your brain and make virtuous habits as automatic as brewing a cup of coffee in the morning.

Who should read Tiny Habits?

  • Would-be world-beaters looking for innovative hacks 
  • Anyone struggling to stick to their New Year’s resolutions 
  • People interested in self-improvement and the science behind habits

The Infinite Game

The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek
How Great Businesses Achieve Long-Lasting Success
4.6 (594 ratings)

What's The Infinite Game about?

The Infinite Game (2019) is a guidebook to help today’s business leaders get back on the right track to building companies that will last for generations to come. It points out the many pitfalls that leaders fall into in the pursuit of short-term gains and shows how they can put the focus back on practices that lead to strength and stability, as well as more revenue.  

Who should read The Infinite Game?

  • Entrepreneurs and CEOs
  • Managers, supervisors and anyone looking for leadership tips
  • People curious about what makes a long-running business last

The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace

Lewis Smile
Learn Anything and Everything (Starting with Shakespeare and Dickens)
4.1 (203 ratings)

What's The Memory Palace about?

The Memory Palace (2012) is a step-by-step guide to using your spatial memory to help you remember absolutely anything. It teaches you how to build a palace of memories that will give you the power to recall everything you read, and even to memorize the names of every Shakespeare play in just 15 minutes.

Who should read The Memory Palace?

  • Anyone interested in improving their memory
  • Forgetful people who need help remembering their shopping list
  • Trivia buffs who want vast amounts of knowledge at their disposal

The ONE Thing

The ONE Thing

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results
4.6 (518 ratings)

What's The ONE Thing about?

The ONE Thing (2013) helps you to discover your most important goal, and gives you tools to ensure you can use your time productively to get there. The book reveals that many of the maxims we accept as good practice are actually myths that only hinder our progress. It also provides advice on how to live your life with priority, purpose and productivity without sending other aspects of life out of balance, because this is the way to perform the kind of focused work that leads to great success.

Who should read The ONE Thing?

  • Anyone looking to improve their productivity
  • Anyone who has trouble finding time to commit to their goal
  • Anyone looking for greater clarity and purpose in their daily life

Stolen Focus

Stolen Focus

Johann Hari
Why You Can't Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again
4.5 (1,542 ratings)

What's Stolen Focus about?

Stolen Focus (2022) begins with author Johann Hari experiencing a common problem: his attention span is diminishing. He can’t seem to focus on much outside of Twitter and online news. Over three years, Hari tries to identify the root causes of this problem. He uncovers a collective attention crisis that’s affecting the entire globe. From social media to the culture of productivity, Hari identifies the culprits behind our stolen focus – and wonders if, and how, we can claim it back.

Who should read Stolen Focus?

  • Anyone who feels like they just can’t concentrate the way they used to
  • Multitaskers with brimming to-do lists who still feel like they don’t get much done
  • Anyone scrolling through social media while they’re reading this!

The Art Of Thinking Clearly

The Art Of Thinking Clearly

Rolf Dobelli
The "hiccups" in our everyday thinking.
4.2 (334 ratings)

What's The Art Of Thinking Clearly about?

The Art Of Thinking Clearly aims to illuminate our day-to-day thinking “hiccups” so that we can better avoid them and start making improved choices. Using both psychological studies and everyday examples, the author provides us with an entertaining collection of all of our most common fallacies.

Who should read The Art Of Thinking Clearly?

  • Anyone interested in learning about our psychology
  • Anyone who wants to improve her ability to make decisions
  • Anyone who wants to learn how not to fall into the same mind-trap again and again

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

David Allen
The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
4.6 (933 ratings)

What's Getting Things Done about?

In Getting Things Done (2001), David Allen introduces his famous system for stress-free productivity. With this system, you can face an overwhelming amount of things to do, but still be productive, creative and relaxed as you tackle them.

Why you should care: Learn to do more and stress less.

Who should read Getting Things Done?

  • Anyone who feels stressed or overworked
  • Anyone who wants to be productive in their work and personal lives
  • Anyone curious about the widely acclaimed Getting Things Done method

The Goal

The Goal

Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
A Process of Ongoing Improvement
3.6 (172 ratings)

What's The Goal about?

The Goal (1984) is a trailblazing example of the “business novel” genre, seamlessly blending fictional storytelling with practical business advice in a revolutionary manner. Experience the corporate journey of Alex Rogo as he endeavors to rescue his struggling company from going bust. Through Alex’s perspective, uncover valuable insights into topics like streamlining manufacturing operations and enhancing team productivity.

Who should read The Goal?

  • The ‘newbie’ manager
  • The experienced pro seeking a new perspective
  • General learners curious about the manufacturing world

How to Do Nothing

How to Do Nothing

Jenny Odell
Resisting the Attention Economy
4.4 (188 ratings)

What's How to Do Nothing about?

How to Do Nothing (2019) is a study of what’s gone wrong in contemporary society and what we can do to fix it – and ourselves. Ironically, the most effective tactic against our 24/7 culture of productivity might just be doing nothing. When we stop, step back, and refocus our attention, Jenny Odell argues, we can begin to see the contours of a better, more meaningful existence.

Who should read How to Do Nothing?

  • Social media addicts
  • Creatives and artists
  • Blue-sky thinkers

Less Doing, More Living

Less Doing, More Living

Ari Meisel
Make Everything in Life Easier
3.6 (956 ratings)

What's Less Doing, More Living about?

Less Doing, More Living (2014) guides you through nine fundamental steps on your journey toward becoming more effective. In these blinks, the author shares his favorite tools and techniques for optimizing, automating, and outsourcing everything on that pesky to-do list, thus giving you time for the things that are most important in your life.

Who should read Less Doing, More Living?

  • Anyone who feels like they’re losing time
  • Personal trainers
  • People who want to lead a happier lifestyle

The Pursuit of Excellence

The Pursuit of Excellence

Ryan Hawk
The Uncommon Behaviors of the World's Most Productive Achievers
4.7 (862 ratings)

What's The Pursuit of Excellence about?

The Pursuit of Excellence (2022) offers a thoughtful approach on how to become the best, most excellent version of yourself. Compiling wisdom from hundreds of interviews with world renowned experts and entrepreneurs, the author lays out the best habits and practices that anyone can use to improve their career and their lives.

Who should read The Pursuit of Excellence?

  • Anyone eager to raise their game and find more satisfaction in life
  • People looking for tips on how to achieve more in their career
  • Leaders and entrepreneurs eager to perform better

Awaken The Giant Within

Awaken The Giant Within

Tony Robbins
How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny
4.4 (439 ratings)

What's Awaken The Giant Within about?

Awaken The Giant Within (1991) argues that, ultimately, we’re all in control of our own lives, and that by changing our habits, controlling our emotions and believing in those things we want to believe, we can make our ideal life a reality.

Who should read Awaken The Giant Within?

  • Anyone who wants to change his or her life
  • Anyone who is interested in making better decisions
  • Anyone who wants to take control of his or her destiny

Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport
Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
4.5 (685 ratings)

What's Digital Minimalism about?

Digital Minimalism (2018) is a practical guide to navigating today’s media landscape, where multiple billion-dollar companies are out to keep your eyes as glued to their platforms as possible. Fortunately, there is growing skepticism surrounding new technology and digital media. People are eager to regain their autonomy and, while they’re at it, live more satisfying and healthy lives. With these tools and methods, you too can regain the focus and productivity that comes from stepping back from new technology.

Who should read Digital Minimalism?

  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed with social media
  • People looking for tips to boost productivity
  • News junkies in need of a detox

168 Hours

168 Hours

Laura Vanderkam
You Have More Time Than You Think
4.3 (411 ratings)

What's 168 Hours about?

168 Hours (2010) provides a revolutionary strategy to manage your time. Author Laura Vanderkam has discovered that successful people have a unique mindset, one that helps them fit everything they value into their week. By learning to time-manage like they do, you can free yourself from the daily grind and focus on what really matters. 

Who should read 168 Hours?

  • Employees trapped in demanding and unfulfilling jobs
  • Parents who want more quality time with their kids
  • Creatives struggling to pursue their dreams

Procrastinate on Purpose

Procrastinate on Purpose

Rory Vaden
5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time
4.3 (365 ratings)

What's Procrastinate on Purpose about?

Procrastinate on Purpose (2019) provides powerful yet simple techniques for saving time and money. Packed with straight-forward advice, these blinks shed light on how to escape constant busyness. They reveal how to boost productivity by lightening your schedule and focusing solely on your priorities.

Who should read Procrastinate on Purpose?

  • Anyone seeking time management tips
  • Workaholics feeling overburdened
  • Managers hoping to boost productivity

The Sleep Revolution

The Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington
Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time
3.9 (227 ratings)

What's The Sleep Revolution about?

These blinks are about the importance of a basic human necessity that we often brush aside: sleep. Getting enough sleep isn’t just about feeling better in the morning – it improves your work performance, health and even your personal relationships. Similarly, sleep deprivation isn’t a by-product of hard work; rather, it prevents you from reaching your full potential. The Sleep Revolution (2016) explains why sleep is so critical, and what you can do to get more of it.

Who should read The Sleep Revolution?

  • Anyone who gets sleepy at work or school
  • Parents and teachers who aren’t getting enough rest
  • Athletes wanting to reach their peak performance

The Myth of Multitasking

The Myth of Multitasking

Dave Crenshaw
How “Doing-It-All” Gets Nothing Done
4.3 (66 ratings)

What's The Myth of Multitasking about?

The Myth of Multitasking (2009) reveals an important truth: that the concept of multitasking is a lie that we’ve been buying into for far too long. The truth is that the human mind is not built to divide its focus, and if you want quality work done in an efficient, timely manner, you need to take things on one at a time.

Who should read The Myth of Multitasking?

  • Overworked entrepreneurs and company owners
  • Parents and spouses who want to spend more time with their families
  • Stressed-out readers



Jon Acuff
Give Yourself the Gift of Done
4.4 (204 ratings)

What's Finish about?

Finish (2017) is a guidebook for anyone who loves starting new projects but always struggles to complete them. You’ll discover how the real enemy to getting things done isn’t laziness, but rather the voice of the disgruntled perfectionist we all have inside us. This valuable advice can help you reduce needless, self-imposed pressure, giving you the opportunity to finish what you’ve started and be more productive.

Who should read Finish?

  • Creative types struggling to finish projects
  • Anyone who wants to build their self-esteem
  • Ambitious people looking for new avenues of self-improvement

Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook

Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook

Cassandra Aarssen
Declutter and Organize your Home and Life
3.9 (221 ratings)

What's Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook about?

Cluttered Mess to Organized Success (2018) is a powerful organizational guide full of advice and actionable tips to help you better organize your life and home.

Who should read Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook?

  • Parents who want to get their families more organized
  • People seeking to manage their time better
  • Busy professionals craving a cleaner, calmer home

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

Graham Allcott
Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do
4.4 (577 ratings)

What's How to Be a Productivity Ninja about?

How to Be a Productivity Ninja (2014) transforms old-school time-management techniques and productivity advice into a twenty-first century handbook on how to work smarter – not harder. Adapted to the realities of contemporary work and life, it’s filled with practical guidance and exercises for boosting productivity.

Who should read How to Be a Productivity Ninja?

  • Chronic procrastinators who’d like to get more done
  • Habitual multitaskers who can’t seem to follow through
  • Anyone who’s scared of their overflowing inbox or novel-length to-do list

Work Simply

Work Simply

Carson Tate
Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style
3.6 (202 ratings)

What's Work Simply about?

In Work Simply (2015), author Carson Tate draws from her own career experience to show you how to become more productive. By understanding your own productivity style, you can make lighter work of the ever-growing pile of tasks and achieve your life goals.

Who should read Work Simply?

  • Busy people who feel there just aren’t enough hours in the day
  • Business leaders tired of ineffective time management techniques
  • Stressed students looking for help in organizing school-life balance

Welcome to Management

Welcome to Management

Ryan Hawk
How to Grow from Top Performer to Excellent Leader
4.5 (235 ratings)

What's Welcome to Management about?

Welcome to Management (2020) is a guide on how to smoothly transition from being a top-performing contributor to becoming a team leader. Using case studies, personal anecdotes, and interviews, it demonstrates what effective leadership looks like across a range of fields. It also offers a practical framework on how to grow yourself into a leader and carry your team to sustainable success.

Who should read Welcome to Management?

  • Newly promoted managers
  • Managers who want to become more effective leaders
  • Anyone interested in adopting a leadership mindset

The Da Vinci Curse

The Da Vinci Curse

Leonardo Lospennato
Life Design for People With Too Many Interests and Talents
4.2 (101 ratings)

What's The Da Vinci Curse about?

The Da Vinci Curse (2012) plagues people who have too many talents and interests: they are always learning, but never invest enough time and energy into one thing. They are always swapping their job, their hobbies or even home and never become fully engaged in the many domains to which they’re drawn. These blinks describe their particular problems, analyzes the causes and provides a powerful systematic approach to combat the curse.

Who should read The Da Vinci Curse?

  • Everyone who feels drawn to many fields but can’t choose one
  • Those who change their hobbies and jobs constantly and struggle to finish projects

Do the Work

Do the Work

Steven Pressfield
Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way
4.3 (191 ratings)

What's Do the Work about?

Do the Work (2011) outlines ways to help you conquer your fears, stop procrastinating and accomplish the things you've long desired. Learn about the many ways you can fight resistance, the negative internal force that tries to stop all of us from reaching our goals.

Who should read Do the Work?

  • Anyone struggling to finish their masterpiece
  • Entrepreneurs unsure of how to put their ideas into practice
  • Artists and freelancers looking for ways to overcome distractions



Greg McKeown
Make It Easy to Get the Right Things Done
4.3 (403 ratings)

What's Effortless about?

Effortless (2021) challenges the idea that achieving anything worthwhile means overexerting ourselves. This easy-to-follow guide breaks down how to make tasks and projects feel easy, actions we can take to maximize our efforts, and techniques for increasing outputs while keeping our inputs low.

Who should read Effortless?

  • Workaholics looking for a better way
  • Leaders who want their teams to work smarter
  • Students under pressure to overachieve

The Organized Mind

The Organized Mind

Daniel Levitin
Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
4.3 (610 ratings)

What's The Organized Mind about?

The Organized Mind provides an insightful explanation into the way our brain handles incoming data – a process particularly relevant in this age of information overload. It’s also a practical guide to coping with the multitudes of decisions we’re required to make in everyday life. By learning well-thought-out strategies that will help you organize your life, you’ll become a more productive and effective worker in any task.

Who should read The Organized Mind?

  • Anyone who wants to be more organized
  • Anyone who is interested in the way our brain processes data
  • Anyone struggling with the information overload of modern life



Chris Bailey
How to Work Less to Achieve More
4.4 (538 ratings)

What's Hyperfocus about?

Hyperfocus (2018) is a straightforward guide to reclaiming your attention that lays out how you can boost both your productivity and creativity by learning to redirect your focus. Combining periods of intense concentration with spells of creative thinking sets the foundation for a brighter, more efficient version of you.

Who should read Hyperfocus?

  • Highfliers trying to become even more efficient
  • Procrastinators with shrinking attention spans
  • Creatives looking to discover exciting new ideas

The Four Tendencies

The Four Tendencies

Gretchen Rubin
The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)
4.4 (222 ratings)

What's The Four Tendencies about?

The Four Tendencies (2017) reveals the four personality types that dictate how people react to the expectations in their daily lives. Expanding on the first chapter to her book on habit Better Than Before, Rubin provides insight and advice to help you understand your own tendencies, as well as those of the people you live and work with.

Who should read The Four Tendencies?

  • Parents and teachers who want to have better communication skills
  • Managers and supervisors hoping to improve employee relations
  • Anyone who wants to live a more productive, happier life

The Motivation Myth

The Motivation Myth

Jeff Haden
How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win
4.5 (273 ratings)

What's The Motivation Myth about?

The Motivation Myth (2018) debunks the idea that you need motivation for success. Drawing on the author’s own experiences and examples from high achievers across a range of fields, it shows you how to cultivate a process to reach your goals and enjoy fulfillment along the way.

Who should read The Motivation Myth?

  • Managers, parents, and students who feel unmotivated
  • Entrepreneurs who want to start a business
  • Anyone interested in picking up a new sport

How to Fix Meetings

How to Fix Meetings

Graham Allcott and Hayley Watts
Meet Less, Focus on Outcomes and Get Stuff Done
4.4 (173 ratings)

What's How to Fix Meetings about?

How to Fix Meetings (2021) is a guide for turning long and ineffective meetings into well-designed sessions that encourage collaboration and produce results. From defining a meeting’s purpose to helping people get started on their tasks, How to Fix Meetings outlines the best ways to get the most out of any meeting.

Who should read How to Fix Meetings?

  • Leaders who want to change their organizations’ meeting culture 
  • Facilitators who want to run better meetings
  • Anyone fed up with ineffective meetings

The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor
The Seven Principles that Fuel Success and Performance at Work
4.6 (244 ratings)

What's The Happiness Advantage about?

The Happiness Advantage looks into the origins of happiness and the positive effects that happiness has on our productivity. Based on extensive research in positive psychology, the book offers concrete tips on how to increase your own happiness and thus your chances for success.

Who should read The Happiness Advantage?

  • Anyone who thinks happiness is the reward for hard work
  • Anyone who feels too stressed to cope
  • Anyone who could use just a little more happiness in his or her life

Coming Alive

Coming Alive

Barry Michels and Phil Stutz
4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul's Potential
3.3 (36 ratings)

What's Coming Alive about?

Coming Alive (2017) offers readers a practical approach to overcoming their inner demons and realizing their full potential. Using four psychological tools, this groundbreaking self-help book provides a roadmap to happiness, fulfillment, and a life free of negative thoughts and influences.

Who should read Coming Alive?

  • Negative self-talkers
  • Demoralized adults seeking personal growth
  • Impulsive, overwhelmed, burned-out professionals



Jeff Sutherland
The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
4.5 (280 ratings)

What's Scrum about?

Learn all about Scrum, the project management system that has revolutionized the technology industry. This is a uniquely adaptive, flexible system that allows teams to plan realistically and adjust their goals through constant feedback. By using Scrum, your team can improve their productivity (and the final result) without creating needless stress or working longer hours.

Who should read Scrum?

  • Anyone whose business is struggling to make ends meet
  • Anyone who wants to be more productive in less time
  • Anyone who manages a team

The Power of Focus

The Power of Focus

Jack Canfield
How to Hit Your Business, Personal, and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty
4.2 (299 ratings)

What's The Power of Focus about?

The Power of Focus (2001) provides readers with the tools to focus their lives and work in a direction that fulfills their life purpose and brings financial success to their business ventures. Packed with practical exercises, the authors demonstrate the importance of successful habits, overcoming setbacks, maintaining win-win relationships, and asking the right questions.

Who should read The Power of Focus?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to revamp their game
  • Life optimizers seeking practical guidance to reach their potential
  • Anyone trying to become more proactive

The Surprising Science of Meetings

The Surprising Science of Meetings

Steven G. Rogelberg
How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance
4.3 (264 ratings)

What's The Surprising Science of Meetings about?

The Surprising Science of Meetings (2019) explores what goes wrong in our work meetings and reveals how to transform them into positive, productive experiences. Drawing on the latest scientific insights from the world of business psychology, these blinks are an indispensable guide to making team meetings more efficient.

Who should read The Surprising Science of Meetings?

  • Leaders hoping to take their meetings to the next level
  • Entrepreneurs looking for fresh business insights
  • Psychology buffs seeking a new angle on work culture

Anxiety at Work

Anxiety at Work

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton with Anthony Gostick
8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done
4.2 (199 ratings)

What's Anxiety at Work about?

Anxiety at Work (2021) explores how the modern workplace contributes to our soaring anxiety levels. It outlines how organizations, and team leaders, can help alleviate their employees’ worries and concerns.

Who should read Anxiety at Work?

  • Anyone interested in organizational psychology
  • Stressed-out employees looking for some perspective
  • Managers hoping to give employee well-being a boost



Daniel H. Pink
The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
4.5 (232 ratings)

What's When about?

When (2018) combs through around 700 scientific studies to get a better understanding of how big a role timing plays in our lives. Daniel H. Pink sifts through data from the fields of economics, anthropology, social psychology and others, giving the reader a thorough look at why we make the decisions we do, and why we make them when we do.

Who should read When?

  • Readers who want to improve their efficiency
  • Managers looking for tips on effective leadership
  • Recent college graduates

The Productivity Project

The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey
Proven Ways to Become More Awesome
4.4 (211 ratings)

What's The Productivity Project about?

The Productivity Project (2016) is a practical guide to how to live a life that’s both productive and meaningful. With easy-to-understand techniques and reliable advice, you’ll find out how to work smarter and accomplish the work that really matters. Stop wasting time and procrastinating, and pick up some new tools to take control of your life!

Who should read The Productivity Project?

  • Students looking for new ways to be productive
  • Overworked employees
  • Busy or stressed-out entrepreneurs and business owners

Learn Like a Pro

Learn Like a Pro

Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe
Science-based Tools to Become Better at Anything
4.4 (313 ratings)

What's Learn Like a Pro about?

Learn Like a Pro: Science-based Tools to Become Better at Anything (2021) looks at the most powerful strategies for staying focused and learning effectively. Both coauthors draw on their past struggles with learning, and use insights from experts and research to find out what works and what doesn’t. 

Who should read Learn Like a Pro?

  • Students looking to supercharge their learning
  • Anyone who has struggled to learn something new
  • Education gurus

The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique

Francesco Cirillo
The effective method of structuring your workday into small, manageable chunks
4.6 (450 ratings)

What's The Pomodoro Technique about?

The Pomodoro Technique (2009) presents a simple yet effective method of structuring your workday. This method helps to overcome your lack of motivation by cutting large or complex tasks into small, manageable chunks. Using these techniques, you will gain more control over your work, thus making you a more effective worker and work more rewarding.

Who should read The Pomodoro Technique?

  • Anyone interested in time management and productivity
  • Anyone struggling with procrastination
  • Anyone in search of simple tools to boost their productivity

The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande
How to Get Things Right
4.1 (253 ratings)

What's The Checklist Manifesto about?

Drawing from his experience as a general surgeon, Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto (2009) reveals startling evidence on how using a simple checklist can significantly reduce human error in complex professions such as aviation, engineering and medicine.

Who should read The Checklist Manifesto?

  • Anyone who is looking for a simple, effective method for doing things correctly
  • Anyone who works in complex or high-pressure environments
  • Surgeons and medical professionals

Thinking in Bets

Thinking in Bets

Annie Duke
Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts
4.4 (274 ratings)

What's Thinking in Bets about?

In any situation, the best decision isn’t guaranteed to work out, and even terrible decisions can sometimes turn out to be the right ones. So when things go wrong, who do we blame and why? And what about when things go right? In Thinking In Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts (2018), poker champion, author and business consultant Annie Duke shows how our addiction to outcomes leads to irrational thinking and the confusion of luck with skill.

Who should read Thinking in Bets?

  • Gamblers
  • Decision-phobes
  • Anyone who wants to stop making the same mistakes over and over

The 12 Week Year

The 12 Week Year

Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 months
4.6 (245 ratings)

What's The 12 Week Year about?

The 12 Week Year (2013) provides a blueprint for revolutionizing your planning, delivery and productivity. Many individuals, organizations and businesses plan around an annual cycle, but it’s near impossible to make accurate plans for an entire year, and it’s just as hard to muster a year’s worth of focus. This book offers an alternative, explaining how to plan around a 12-week period, execute critical tasks and radically improve results.

Who should read The 12 Week Year?

  • Workers who feel they could be doing more in less time
  • Business leaders striving for higher productivity and faster execution
  • People struggling to put their great ideas into practice

The Power of Less

The Power of Less

Leo Babauta
The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential ... in Business and in Life
4.5 (183 ratings)

What's The Power of Less about?

The Power of Less introduces Leo Babauta’s ideal of productive minimalism. His approach focuses mainly on the development of good habits as the key to long-term changes.

Who should read The Power of Less?

  • Anyone interested in learning how to achieve more by working less
  • Anyone who wants to learn what productive minimalism could be like
  • Anyone who feels overwhelmed by their life

Do What Matters Most

Do What Matters Most

Rob Shallenberger and Steve Shallenberger
Lead with a Vision, Manage with a Plan, Prioritize Your Time
4.5 (786 ratings)

What's Do What Matters Most about?

Do What Matters Most (2021) is a guide to managing your time more efficiently. It will help you boost performance and stay focused on what matters most. This pack offers a whole bag of tricks, such as developing a personal vision, setting annual goals, and following a weekly list of priorities.

Who should read Do What Matters Most?

  • Executives and managers who want to become better leaders
  • Employees and professionals who want to boost productivity
  • People seeking a step-by-step process for time management



Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
4.2 (163 ratings)

What's Peak about?

Peak (2016) is your guide to achieving expertise through regular practice. Counter to the general perception that natural ability plays a large part in determining performance, these blinks show you that just about anyone can acquire specialized skills if they practice hard and correctly.

Who should read Peak?

  • Students of cognitive psychology
  • People who think they’re too old to learn new skills
  • Business managers and entrepreneurs

Making It All Work

Making It All Work

David Allen
Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life
4.1 (109 ratings)

What's Making It All Work about?

These blinks build on the principles laid down in David Allen’s previous time-management smash hit, Getting Things Done (also available in blinks). It explains how you can manage your tasks and pursue your meaningful life goals.

Who should read Making It All Work?

  • Anyone who feels like they spend their days doing meaningless tasks
  • Anyone who feels they are not getting any closer to their life goals
  • Anyone who wants to achieve a better work-life balance

David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell
Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
4.4 (158 ratings)

What's David and Goliath about?

David and Goliath (2013) shares myriad stories of underdogs who won out against all the odds. Throwing out our traditional ideas of what it takes to be a success, it offers unconventional views on subjects such as the downsides to privilege, the benefits of learning difficulties, and how authorities should treat their citizens. These lessons are infused with academic studies, historical examples and detailed interviews with the underdogs themselves.

Who should read David and Goliath?

  • Anyone looking for motivation or inspiration in their lives
  • Anyone who has always wanted to know the behind-the-scenes or personal stories of well-known events in history
  • Anyone interested in psychology, or crime and punishment

Extreme Productivity

Extreme Productivity

Robert C. Pozen
Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours
4.1 (219 ratings)

What's Extreme Productivity about?

Extreme Productivity (2012) is a guide to boosting your productivity through time management and expert control over the scope and requirements of your work. These blinks will teach you how to prioritize important tasks, end procrastination and generally become more efficient.

Who should read Extreme Productivity?

  • People who want to meet their full potential
  • Goal setters
  • Victims of burnout

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
Five ways to make better decisions.
4.2 (102 ratings)

What's The Five Elements of Effective Thinking about?

With The Five Elements of Effective Thinking, you’ll learn how to think effectively and realize your full potential. Using as an organizing principle the four elements – earth, fire, air and water – the authors explain many techniques for improving the way in which we think. With the addition of a fifth element, change, they demonstrate how adopting the right attitude helps to bring about lasting, positive change.

Who should read The Five Elements of Effective Thinking?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their thinking processes
  • Anyone who wants to master a particular subject or skill
  • Anyone wanting to enact a substantial change in their life

Idea to Execution

Idea to Execution

Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg
How to Optimize, Automate and Outsource Everything in Your Business
4.2 (71 ratings)

What's Idea to Execution about?

Based on the true story of two friends who founded a company overnight with zero cash investment and built it up over the following year, Idea to Execution (2016) is about the everyday challenges entrepreneurs face when launching a start-up. These blinks show you the steps to success, from sketching a business plan to putting tools in place that optimize your company’s performance numbers.

Who should read Idea to Execution?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs with limited capital
  • Virtual assistants looking for ways to optimize performance
  • Productivity enthusiasts who use apps to reach personal and professional goals
  • Small business owners and employees of large corporations who want a different way of getting things done

Algorithms to Live By

Algorithms to Live By

Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
The Computer Science of Human Decisions
3.9 (136 ratings)

What's Algorithms to Live By about?

Algorithms to Live By (2016) is a practical and useful guide that shows how algorithms have much more to do with day-to-day life than you might think. And not just that; they can also lead to a better life by helping you solve problems, make decisions and get more things done.

Who should read Algorithms to Live By?

  • Busy people who want to improve their time management
  • Anyone interested in what algorithms do
  • People who want to get more organized

A Minute to Think

A Minute to Think

Juliet Funt
Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work
4.4 (750 ratings)

What's A Minute to Think about?

A Minute to Think (2021) explores how busyness is harming our productivity – and why it's so important to take regular pauses. It reveals the mental and economic costs associated with our hectic modern working environments and explains how we can reclaim our time. 

Who should read A Minute to Think?

  • Busy professionals hoping to claw back some me-time
  • Leaders seeking to build a more creative working environment
  • Managers wanting to improve their team’s well-being

Leadership Blindspots

Leadership Blindspots

Robert Bruce Shaw
How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses that Matter
4.4 (86 ratings)

What's Leadership Blindspots about?

Leadership Blindspots is all about the unknowns that set us back – the gaps in our skills, knowledge and understanding that cause our business efficiency and problem-solving skills to falter. By following the techniques outlined in this book, you can effectively identify and eliminate your own blind spots.

Who should read Leadership Blindspots?

  • Anyone interested in psychology
  • Leaders interested in improving their performance and tackling risks and threats
  • Employees who want to help their leaders be successful

How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace

How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace

Robert Glazer with Mick Sloan
Simple and Effective Tips for Successful, Productive and Empowered Remote Work
4.2 (124 ratings)

What's How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace about?

How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace (2021) is a guide to working remotely. With tips for both organizations and individuals, it covers everything from the benefits of remote work to steps for implementing it successfully, and the tools and tricks that make it easy.

Who should read How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace?

  • Organizational leaders interested in going remote
  • Employees who want a fulfilling remote experience
  • People who are curious about the future of work

How to Become a Straight-A Student

How to Become a Straight-A Student

Cal Newport
The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less
4.4 (158 ratings)

What's How to Become a Straight-A Student about?

How to Become a Straight-A Student offers you successful strategies used by actual straight-A students to help you score better grades while studying less. From time management to concrete advice on developing a thesis, this book gives you all the tools you need to earn the perfect 4.0 without burning out.

Who should read How to Become a Straight-A Student?

  • Students who are sick of pulling all-nighters
  • Anyone who wants to make the most out of their time
  • Anyone who would benefit from less procrastination

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager

Kory Kogon
A FranklinCovey Title
4.5 (350 ratings)

What's Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager about?

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager (2015) examines the phenomenon that so many people face – they’re tasked with managing projects but have no formal training in project management. If you’re in this situation, don’t worry. By learning how to combine inspiring leadership with effective project management, you’re guaranteed to increase the chances of your next project succeeding.

Who should read Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager?

  • Employees who have unexpectedly been given the lead on a project
  • Anyone who’s struggled with project management in the past
  • People looking to rock an upcoming or ongoing project

High-Impact Tools for Teams

High-Impact Tools for Teams

Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alexander Osterwalder
5 Tools to Align Team Members, Build Trust, and Get Results Fast
4.1 (162 ratings)

What's High-Impact Tools for Teams about?

High Impact Tools for Teams (2021) offers flexible tools for project planning, assessment, and creating an empowering environment for your team members. At the center is the Team Alignment Map, a simple chart that will transform the way you conduct meetings, track progress, and identify problems before they occur.

Who should read High-Impact Tools for Teams?

  • Leaders and project managers looking for better results
  • Anyone trying to get an ambitious project off the ground
  • Team members who long for a better work environment

Personal Kanban

Personal Kanban

Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry
Mapping Work / Navigating Life
4.1 (117 ratings)

What's Personal Kanban about?

Personal Kanban (2011) is an adaptable tool for visually oriented people. It’ll help you to organize your life and your work, and to strike a balance between the two. These blinks teach you how to set up your own Kanban and how to put it into action, thereby maximizing your efficiency; they also provide insights into life patterns, allowing you to measure progress and limit the tasks on your plate.

Who should read Personal Kanban?

  • Professionals in search of a dynamic and flexible life management tool
  • Anyone struggling to strike a balance between life and work
  • Creative people who find themselves unmotivated by rigid, one-dimensional to-do lists



Shane Snow
How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success
4.0 (33 ratings)

What's Smartcuts about?

Smartcuts (2014) is about the secrets used by innovative companies and bright minds to achieve big successes in the shortest possible time. It outlines the reasons why unconventional methods are much more powerful than traditional ones in today's business world, and what you can do to take advantage of them.

Who should read Smartcuts?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone interested in productivity or innovation

Get Momentum

Get Momentum

Jason W. Womack and Jodi Womack
How to Start When You’re Stuck
3.8 (71 ratings)

What's Get Momentum about?

Get Momentum (2016) guides you through simple yet effective strategies for you to work sustainably toward your personal and professional goals. From managing time in the short and long term, to monitoring progress, modifying your approach and celebrating little victories along the way, these blinks outline the keys to gaining and maintaining motivation.

Who should read Get Momentum?

  • Mid-career professionals lacking the motivation to tackle new challenges
  • Runners and hobbyists seeking strategies for more effective skill development
  • Small business owners interested in straightforward methods for productivity and planning

Fail Fast, Fail Often

Fail Fast, Fail Often

Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz
How Losing Can Help You Win
4.4 (116 ratings)

What's Fail Fast, Fail Often about?

Fail Fast, Fail Often reminds us that our fear of failure can keep us from having new experiences, meeting new people, and creating our own happiness. By embracing failure we can lead happier, more successful lives.

Who should read Fail Fast, Fail Often?

  • Anyone who finds it hard to get up in the morning
  • Anyone who’s afraid of failure
  • Anyone who desires a happy, fulfilling life

The 5 Choices

The 5 Choices

Kory Kogon
The Path to Extraordinary Productivity
4.0 (56 ratings)

What's The 5 Choices about?

The 5 Choices shows us that extraordinary productivity isn’t actually about working harder; it’s about working better. By learning how to streamline your decision-making process, focus on important work and manage your energy, you’ll see an enormous difference in your level of productivity and work quality.

Who should read The 5 Choices?

  • Anyone who wants to be extraordinarily productive
  • Anyone who feels burnt out, stressed or overwhelmed
  • Anyone who wants to use new technologies to be more productive

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership

Jim Dethmer
A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success
4.7 (80 ratings)

What's The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership about?

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership (2014) teaches you how to become a conscious leader – a leader who inspires positive change, creates a great work atmosphere and builds close relationships in their personal life. Because leading is about a lot more than just giving orders.

Who should read The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership?

  • Leaders who want to create a great work atmosphere
  • People who want to be more productive
  • Those wanting to strengthen their personal relationships

Team Genius

Team Genius

Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
The New Science of High-Performing Organizations
3.8 (44 ratings)

What's Team Genius about?

Team Genius (2015) is a comprehensive guide to teamwork in business. These blinks explore the different forms of teamwork and how you can optimize your teams to keep them productive, motivated and innovative.

Who should read Team Genius?

  • Group leaders
  • Team builders and team players
  • Anyone interested in what makes a team work

Leading with Gratitude

Leading with Gratitude

Adrian Gostick
Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results
4.4 (87 ratings)

What's Leading with Gratitude about?

Leading with Gratitude (2020) explores a surprising but extraordinarily powerful tool that leaders can use to significantly increase team productivity and cohesion, while increasing staff retention. By learning how to express gratitude in meaningful ways, leaders can improve workplace culture, arrive at better solutions, and make productivity skyrocket. 

Who should read Leading with Gratitude?

  • Leaders looking to increase team productivity
  • Managers facing staff retention challenges
  • Business owners wanting to better understand their companies at a grassroots level

Off the Clock

Off the Clock

Laura Vanderkam
Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
4.5 (102 ratings)

What's Off the Clock about?

Off the Clock (2018) gives practical advice on how to get more out of your time, from freeing up your busy schedule to achieving more work in shorter intervals. Using personal anecdotes as well as scientific insights, Vanderkam explores why some of us feel like we have all the time in the world, while others feel as though time is slipping through their fingers.

In an exclusive blink, Laura Vanderkam explains what you can do today to feel less busy and get more done.

Who should read Off the Clock?

  • Anyone struggling with time management
  • Workaholics looking for productivity tips
  • Psychology enthusiasts looking for new insights

How to be F*cking Awesome

How to be F*cking Awesome

Dan Meredith
Sticking a finger up to the law of attraction and a thumb up to action
4.1 (197 ratings)

What's How to be F*cking Awesome about?

How to be F*cking Awesome (2016) guides you through real, actionable steps to achieve your goals without making any excuses. The book provides some straightforward principles that will help you avoid the common loopholes that stop people from living successfully.

Who should read How to be F*cking Awesome?

  • People who want to achieve their goals but feel stuck or afraid
  • Those who are ready to start their own business
  • People who want to work on their productivity

Drop the Ball

Drop the Ball

Tiffany Dufu
Achieving More by Doing Less
3.7 (51 ratings)

What's Drop the Ball about?

Drop the Ball (2017) is a guide to living that makes the simple argument that you don’t have to do it all to have it all. Part memoir and part manifesto, the title provides a new approach to life for modern women.

Who should read Drop the Ball?

  • Young women breaking into the working world
  • Mothers still striving for professional success
  • Anyone interested in advocating gender equality

The 4 Day Week

The 4 Day Week

Andrew Barnes with Stephanie Jones
How the flexible work revolution can increase productivity, profitability, and wellbeing, and help create a sustainable future
3.9 (176 ratings)

What's The 4 Day Week about?

The 4 Day Week shows us a better way of working – one in which employees are able to maintain flexibility, preserve their well-being, and increase productivity. By avoiding all the pitfalls of the precarious gig economy and relieving the stresses that we’re inflicting on the planet, the four-day week is the future of work. 

Who should read The 4 Day Week?

  • Business owners who want to maximize productivity
  • Campaigners for workers’ rights
  • Anyone with an interest in well-being at work

Moms Mean Business

Moms Mean Business

Erin Baebler and Lara Galloway
A Guide to Creating a Successful Company and a Happy Life as a Mom Entrepreneur
4.5 (19 ratings)

What's Moms Mean Business about?

Moms Mean Business is a guide to time management for mom entrepreneurs. These blinks help you discover where your true priorities lie, and provide you with planning techniques that will make it possible for you to dedicate more time to your ambitions and yourself.

Who should read Moms Mean Business?

  • Working mothers looking to get more done in less time
  • Women struggling to balance entrepreneurial commitments with family life
  • Business leaders seeking new time-management skills



Stuart Sutherland
The Enemy Within
4.3 (61 ratings)

What's Irrationality about?

Irrationality (1991) is a guide to illogical decisions, unreasonable actions and irrational behavior as a whole. These blinks reveal how people tend to be more irrational than rational, examines several reasons why and offers solutions as to how we can become a little more logical in our decision making.

Who should read Irrationality?

  • People who think of themselves as entirely rational beings
  • Anyone who struggles to make decisions, especially rational ones

The Power of Full Engagement

The Power of Full Engagement

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
4.4 (75 ratings)

What's The Power of Full Engagement about?

The Power of Full Engagement investigates the formula for peak performance by examining the causes and qualities of our many energy sources of energy. The authors offer tricks and methods on how to nurture those sources of energy in a way that helps us live fulfilling lives that adhere to our deepest values.

Who should read The Power of Full Engagement?

  • Anyone who wants to get more out of life, be it in their performance or happiness level
  • Anyone who believes there just isn’t enough time to get everything done
  • Anyone looking for a new and creative approach to time management



Dermot Crowley
Strategies to Control Urgency, Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity
4.3 (215 ratings)

What's Urgent! about?

Urgent! (2021) is your guide to getting the right things done at the right time. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to fall into the urgency trap – and keeping up with the constant demands often feels impossible. But by learning to consciously replace reactive behaviors with proactive ones, you can reduce stress and do deeper, more effective work.

Who should read Urgent!?

  • Savvy leaders who want to increase team productivity
  • Frazzled workers craving less stress – and less time at the desk
  • Optimizers seeking efficiency hacks for a better work-life balance

Gemba Kaizen

Gemba Kaizen

Masaaki Imai
A Common Sense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy
4.4 (80 ratings)

What's Gemba Kaizen about?

Gemba Kaizen (1997) is an introduction to the Japanese business philosophy of Kaizen, which revolutionizes working standards to reduce waste and increase efficiency at little cost. Author Masaaki Imai reveals the aspects of Kaizen that are crucial to building lean business strategies.

Who should read Gemba Kaizen?

  • People working in production and managers who supervise standardized processes  
  • Anyone interested in Japanese management philosophies
  • Anyone who wants to improve their overall workflow

5 Gears

5 Gears

Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram
How to Be Present and Productive When There's Never Enough Time
4.2 (50 ratings)

What's 5 Gears about?

5 Gears (2015) focuses on adapting your attitude to your environment, whether that’s a physical space or just the time of day, in order to stabilize your work/life balance and get the most out of your relationships both at work and at home. While most techniques aim to fix this through time management, by understanding the principle and application of each gear, you’ll find it easier to apply yourself to each part of your day and get the best from every moment.

Who should read 5 Gears?

  • Office workers who find they can’t switch off
  • Stay-at-home parents who don’t seem to stop working
  • Those who aren’t reaching their full potential in different relationships



Robert Twigger
Learn Small, Learn Fast, and Unlock Your Potential to Achieve Anything
3.2 (95 ratings)

What's Micromastery about?

Micromastery (2017) teaches you how to effectively learn a new skill with a focused and gradual approach. With helpful, actionable tips and advice, it outlines all the steps you need to take to ensure you’re successful at any task you take on.

Who should read Micromastery?

  • Anyone who wants to learn a new skill
  • People who get demotivated easily
  • Aspiring chefs

Strategic Kaizen™

Strategic Kaizen™

Masaaki Imai
Using Flow, Synchronization, and Leveling Assessment to Measure and Strengthen Operational Performance
4.4 (67 ratings)

What's Strategic Kaizen™ about?

Strategic Kaizen (2021) examines the principles and practices of corporations that have embraced lean thinking – a paired-down, customer-oriented production process pioneered in postwar Japan. Also known as the Toyota Production System, this managerial philosophy is all about maximizing efficiency and reducing waste by making many small changes. 

Who should read Strategic Kaizen™?

  • Managers and leaders
  • Technophiles and car lovers
  • Strategists and planners

Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars

Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars

Mitch Meyerson
Learn from today’s most successful online marketers
3.6 (49 ratings)

What's Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars about?

Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars (2015) helps you plan a campaign to bring your product to a potentially vast new audience. These blinks illustrate the principles and strategies for building a winning blog, creating great online content or making your videos go viral.

Who should read Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking to increase sales
  • Budding writers keen to start their own successful blog
  • Readers interested in emerging marketing techniques



Jocelyn K. Glei
How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done
4.0 (82 ratings)

What's Unsubscribe about?

Unsubscribe (2016) puts our unhealthy relationship with email under the magnifying glass. Our lives are busy enough as it is, so it’s high time to stop wasting precious hours catching up on emails and responding to unimportant messages. With the help of this practical guide, you can organize your inbox and your life.

Who should read Unsubscribe?

  • Readers who feel overwhelmed by work
  • Business executives
  • Freelancers who need help with time management

Zone To Win

Zone To Win

Geoffrey A. Moore
Organizing to Compete in an Age of Disruption
4.3 (42 ratings)

What's Zone To Win about?

Zone to Win (2015) is the ultimate guide to organizing your company to compete effectively in an age of disruption. These blinks will show you how to keep up with constant market innovation while creating lucrative disruptions of your own.

Who should read Zone To Win?

  • Established CEOs concerned about the disruptive effects of start-ups
  • Start-ups looking to take on market leaders
  • Business leaders seeking high-efficiency management models

Do Pause

Do Pause

Robert Poynton
You Are Not a To Do List
4.4 (277 ratings)

What's Do Pause about?

Do Pause (2019) explores the benefits of pressing pause on the whirlwind of modern life. Debunking the damaging myths surrounding productivity and achievement, these blinks reveal why, how, and when you should take a break. 

Who should read Do Pause?

  • Workaholics looking for balance
  • Creatives seeking fresh insights
  • Self-help buffs who want a new angle

Raising Leaders

Raising Leaders

Wendy Born
Using the principles of parenting at work to become a great leader and create great leaders
4.2 (54 ratings)

What's Raising Leaders about?

Raising Leaders (2020) is a thoughtful primer on contemporary leadership. This guide lays out the surprising parallels between raising strong, independent children and cultivating successful, productive teams.

Who should read Raising Leaders?

  • New parents seeking positive advice
  • Business leaders preparing to take on a new role
  • Anyone interested in raising the next generation of leaders



George Leonard
The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment
4.5 (92 ratings)

What's Mastery about?

Mastery (1992) reveals how you can shift your mindset to achieve long-term success in new pursuits. Drawing on real-life examples from sports, psychology and mindfulness teachings, these blinks explain the five essential elements for achieving mastery in any discipline and give us the tools we need to bounce back from pitfalls along the way.

Who should read Mastery?

  • Athletes keen to achieve better results in their training
  • Readers interested in how they can take careers, relationships and hobbies to the next level
  • Individuals curious about how our attitude shapes our potential to achieve

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