The best 100 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!
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Effectiveness Books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
4.7 (3,168 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

Effectiveness Books: The Now Habit by Neil Fiore

The Now Habit

Neil Fiore
A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
4.5 (328 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

Effectiveness Books: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande
How to Get Things Right
4.1 (300 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

Effectiveness Books: The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo

The Pomodoro Technique

Francesco Cirillo
4.6 (499 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

Effectiveness Books: The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

The Power of Less

Leo Babauta
The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential ... in Business and in Life
4.5 (220 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

Effectiveness Books: The Da Vinci Curse by Leonardo Lospennato

The Da Vinci Curse

Leonardo Lospennato
Life Design for People With Too Many Interests and Talents
4.3 (116 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

Effectiveness Books: The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

The ONE Thing

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results
4.6 (613 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

Effectiveness Books: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell
Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
4.3 (181 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

Effectiveness Books: The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

The 80/20 Principle

Richard Koch
The Secret to Achieving More with Less
4.4 (1,124 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

Effectiveness Books: Making It All Work by David Allen

Making It All Work

David Allen
Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life
4.1 (125 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

Effectiveness Books: Focus by Al Ries


Al Ries
The Future of Your Company Depends on It
4.0 (46 ratings)

What's Focus about?

Focus (1996) describes how corporations in America lose profits by focusing on growth. It explains what the leading management strategies of corporations are and why they are wrong. Additionally, it elaborates on what strategies corporations should adopt instead, and how they can focus their company for greater success.

Who should read Focus?

  • Anyone managing a company that they want to perform better
  • Anyone interested in why certain companies succeed and others fail

Effectiveness Books: Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel

Less Doing, More Living

Ari Meisel
Make Everything in Life Easier
3.7 (1,042 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

Effectiveness Books: The Art Of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The Art Of Thinking Clearly

Rolf Dobelli
4.2 (391 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

Effectiveness Books: First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill

First Things First

Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy
4.6 (719 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

Effectiveness Books: How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport

How to Become a Straight-A Student

Cal Newport
The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less
4.4 (181 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

Effectiveness Books: Essentialism by Greg McKeown


Greg McKeown
4.5 (923 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

Effectiveness Books: The Five Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
4.2 (123 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

Effectiveness Books: Scrum by Jeff Sutherland


Jeff Sutherland
The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
4.4 (320 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

Effectiveness Books: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

The Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor
The Seven Principles that Fuel Success and Performance at Work
4.6 (274 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

Effectiveness Books: Fail Fast, Fail Often by Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz

Fail Fast, Fail Often

Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz
How Losing Can Help You Win
4.4 (130 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

Effectiveness Books: Leadership Blindspots by Robert Bruce Shaw

Leadership Blindspots

Robert Bruce Shaw
How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses that Matter
4.3 (97 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

Effectiveness Books: The 5 Choices by Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill and Leena Rinne

The 5 Choices

Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill and Leena Rinne
The Path to Extraordinary Productivity
4.0 (61 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

Effectiveness Books: Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog!

Brian Tracy
21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
4.4 (826 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

Effectiveness Books: Work Simply by Carson Tate

Work Simply

Carson Tate
Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style
3.6 (210 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

Effectiveness Books: Making Habits, Breaking Habits by Jeremy Dean

Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Jeremy Dean
Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick
4.1 (585 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

Effectiveness Books: Personal Kanban by Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry

Personal Kanban

Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry
Mapping Work / Navigating Life
4.1 (138 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

Effectiveness Books: The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey

The 8th Habit

Stephen R. Covey
From Effectiveness to Greatness
4.0 (492 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

Effectiveness Books: The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman and Kaley Warner Klemp

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership

Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman and Kaley Warner Klemp
A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success
4.7 (89 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

Effectiveness Books: Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai

Gemba Kaizen

Masaaki Imai
A Common Sense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy
4.3 (97 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

Effectiveness Books: The Memory Palace by Lewis Smile

The Memory Palace

Lewis Smile
Learn Anything and Everything (Starting with Shakespeare and Dickens)
4.1 (252 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

Effectiveness Books: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Do the Work

Steven Pressfield
Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way
4.2 (208 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

Effectiveness Books: Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths

Algorithms to Live By

Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
The Computer Science of Human Decisions
3.9 (154 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

Effectiveness Books: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

The Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington
Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time
3.9 (259 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

Effectiveness Books: Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland


Stuart Sutherland
The Enemy Within
4.3 (70 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

Effectiveness Books: Mastery by George Leonard


George Leonard
The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment
4.5 (97 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

Effectiveness Books: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work

Cal Newport
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
4.3 (1,934 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

Effectiveness Books: Idea to Execution by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg

Idea to Execution

Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg
How to Optimize, Automate and Outsource Everything in Your Business
4.2 (80 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

Effectiveness Books: Team Genius by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone

Team Genius

Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
The New Science of High-Performing Organizations
3.8 (54 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

Effectiveness Books: Unsubscribe by Jocelyn K. Glei


Jocelyn K. Glei
How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done
4.0 (85 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

Effectiveness Books: Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool


Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
4.2 (181 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

Effectiveness Books: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

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 (241 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

Effectiveness Books: Get Momentum by Jason W. Womack and Jodi Womack

Get Momentum

Jason W. Womack and Jodi Womack
How to Start When You’re Stuck
3.9 (83 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

Effectiveness Books: Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars by Mitch Meyerson

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

Effectiveness Books: The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey
Proven Ways to Become More Awesome
4.4 (236 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

Effectiveness Books: Finish by Jon Acuff


Jon Acuff
Give Yourself the Gift of Done
4.4 (231 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

Effectiveness Books: How to be F*cking Awesome by Dan Meredith

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 (204 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

Effectiveness Books: When by Daniel H. Pink


Daniel H. Pink
The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
4.5 (260 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

Effectiveness Books: Extreme Productivity by Robert C. Pozen

Extreme Productivity

Robert C. Pozen
Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours
4.1 (239 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

Effectiveness Books: The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

The 12 Week Year

Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 months
4.6 (284 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

Effectiveness Books: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport
Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
4.5 (778 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

Effectiveness Books: Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam

Off the Clock

Laura Vanderkam
Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
4.5 (110 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

Effectiveness Books: Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

Thinking in Bets

Annie Duke
Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts
4.4 (305 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

Effectiveness Books: Leading with Gratitude by Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton

Leading with Gratitude

Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton
Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results
4.4 (94 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

Effectiveness Books: The Surprising Science of Meetings by Steven G. Rogelberg

The Surprising Science of Meetings

Steven G. Rogelberg
How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance
4.3 (285 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

Effectiveness Books: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek
4.6 (668 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

Effectiveness Books: Do Pause by Robert Poynton

Do Pause

Robert Poynton
You Are Not a To Do List
4.4 (308 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

Effectiveness Books: Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

Drop the Ball

Tiffany Dufu
Achieving More by Doing Less
3.7 (59 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

Effectiveness Books: Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden

Procrastinate on Purpose

Rory Vaden
5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time
4.3 (391 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

Effectiveness Books: How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

How to Do Nothing

Jenny Odell
Resisting the Attention Economy
4.3 (223 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

Effectiveness Books: The 4 Day Week by Andrew Barnes with Stephanie Jones

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 (190 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

Effectiveness Books: Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg

Tiny Habits

BJ Fogg
The Small Changes That Change Everything
4.6 (1,779 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

Effectiveness Books: Welcome to Management by Ryan Hawk

Welcome to Management

Ryan Hawk
How to Grow from Top Performer to Excellent Leader
4.5 (250 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

Effectiveness Books: 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

168 Hours

Laura Vanderkam
You Have More Time Than You Think
4.3 (490 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

Effectiveness Books: Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey


Chris Bailey
How to Work Less to Achieve More
4.4 (610 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

Effectiveness Books: The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden

The Motivation Myth

Jeff Haden
How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win
4.5 (302 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

Effectiveness Books: High-Impact Tools for Teams by Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alexander Osterwalder

High-Impact Tools for Teams

Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alexander Osterwalder
5 Tools to Align Team Members, Build Trust, and Get Results Fast
4.2 (169 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

Effectiveness Books: Anxiety at Work by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton with Anthony Gostick

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 (210 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

Effectiveness Books: How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace by Robert Glazer with Mick Sloan

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 (131 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

Effectiveness Books: Do What Matters Most by Rob Shallenberger and Steve Shallenberger

Do What Matters Most

Rob Shallenberger and Steve Shallenberger
Lead with a Vision, Manage with a Plan, Prioritize Your Time
4.5 (814 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

Effectiveness Books: Learn Like a Pro by Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe

Learn Like a Pro

Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe
Science-based Tools to Become Better at Anything
4.4 (347 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

Effectiveness Books: The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

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 (84 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

Effectiveness Books: Solving the Productivity Puzzle by Tim Ringo

Solving the Productivity Puzzle

Tim Ringo
How to Engage, Motivate and Develop Employees to Improve Individual and Business Performance
3.8 (145 ratings)

What's Solving the Productivity Puzzle about?

Solving the Productivity Puzzle (2020) is a guide for people management professionals. It covers topics such as learning and development, motivation of the workforce, and planning strategies. It’s essential reading for HR professionals who want to build a culture in which people can thrive.

Who should read Solving the Productivity Puzzle?

  • HR managers interested in change programs
  • Those looking for the perfect job
  • Managers who want to improve their employee productivity

Effectiveness Books: How to Fix Meetings by Graham Allcott and Hayley Watts

How to Fix Meetings

Graham Allcott and Hayley Watts
Meet Less, Focus on Outcomes and Get Stuff Done
4.4 (199 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

Effectiveness Books: The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt

The Power of Focus

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt
How to Hit Your Business, Personal, and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty
4.2 (313 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

Effectiveness Books: Effortless by Greg McKeown


Greg McKeown
Make It Easy to Get the Right Things Done
4.3 (443 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

Effectiveness Books: Not Today by Erica Schultz and Mike Schultz

Not Today

Erica Schultz and Mike Schultz
The 9 Habits of Extreme Productivity
4.3 (365 ratings)

What's Not Today about?

Not Today (2021) explains how you can become extremely productive through nine simple steps. The authors learned many of these lessons while running their business at the same time as caring for their gravely ill young son.

Who should read Not Today?

  • Entrepreneurs and ambitious workers who want to up their productivity
  • Business leaders with an eye on efficiency
  • Lovers of inspiring personal stories

Effectiveness Books: Strategic Kaizen™ by Masaaki Imai

Strategic Kaizen™

Masaaki Imai
Using Flow, Synchronization, and Leveling Assessment to Measure and Strengthen Operational Performance
4.4 (77 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

Effectiveness Books: A Minute to Think by Juliet Funt

A Minute to Think

Juliet Funt
Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work
4.4 (760 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

Effectiveness Books: The Pursuit of Excellence by Ryan Hawk

The Pursuit of Excellence

Ryan Hawk
The Uncommon Behaviors of the World's Most Productive Achievers
4.7 (921 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

Effectiveness Books: How to Be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

Graham Allcott
Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do
4.4 (619 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

Effectiveness Books: Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte

Building a Second Brain

Tiago Forte
A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential
4.5 (902 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.

Effectiveness Books: Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook by Cassandra Aarssen

Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook

Cassandra Aarssen
Declutter and Organize your Home and Life
3.9 (240 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

Effectiveness Books: Stolen Focus by Johann Hari

Stolen Focus

Johann Hari
Why You Can't Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again
4.5 (1,716 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!

Effectiveness Books: Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager by Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager

Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood
A FranklinCovey Title
4.6 (380 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

Effectiveness Books: Coming Alive by Barry Michels and Phil Stutz

Coming Alive

Barry Michels and Phil Stutz
4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul's Potential
3.2 (47 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

Effectiveness Books: Beyond Tidy by Annmarie Brogan and Marie Limpert

Beyond Tidy

Annmarie Brogan and Marie Limpert
Declutter Your Mind and Discover the Magic of Organized Living
4.3 (50 ratings)

What's Beyond Tidy about?

Beyond Tidy (2020) provides you with a clear set of eight principles to follow in order to declutter, organize, and tidy your home. With this tried and true method, you’ll save time, money, energy, and space. Along the way, you’ll also develop a positive growth mindset and get your life under control.

Who should read Beyond Tidy?

  • Untidy people looking for some order in their lives
  • Anyone looking to save time, money, energy, and space
  • People who want to change their mindset to become organized

Effectiveness Books: The Clutter Connection by Cassandra Aarssen

The Clutter Connection

Cassandra Aarssen
How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize the Way You Do
4.3 (63 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

Effectiveness Books: Smarter Not Harder by Dave Asprey

Smarter Not Harder

Dave Asprey
The Biohacker's Guide to Getting the Body and Mind You Want
3.8 (869 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

Effectiveness Books: The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

The Goal

Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
A Process of Ongoing Improvement
3.6 (207 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

Effectiveness Books: The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers by Sean Covey

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teenagers

Sean Covey
The International Bestseller Updated for the Digital Age
4.4 (38 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

Effectiveness Books: Successful Time Management by Patrick Forsyth

Successful Time Management

Patrick Forsyth
How to be Organized, Productive and Get Things Done
4.5 (345 ratings)

What's Successful Time Management about?

Successful Time Management (2003) is a practical guide containing tools and techniques to improve workflow productivity. It offers time-saving and actionable advice that will help you organize projects, delegate tasks, and select priorities in the workplace.

Who should read Successful Time Management?

  • Office workers looking to get ahead
  • Managers who want to increase employee productivity
  • Those struggling with their own time management

Effectiveness Books: Superhuman by Habit by Tynan

Superhuman by Habit

A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time
4.3 (670 ratings)

What's Superhuman by Habit about?

Superhuman by Habit (2014) is a simple guide to creating habits that’ll lead to positive, lasting change. Drawing on personal anecdotes and well-known examples, it covers how to choose and build a habit, and shares several common habits that can lead to a healthier, happier future.

Who should read Superhuman by Habit?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their day-to-day
  • Self-starters looking to upgrade themselves
  • People who’ve struggled in the past to build good habits

Effectiveness Books: 10x Is Easier Than 2x by Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy

10x Is Easier Than 2x

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
How World-Class Entrepreneurs Achieve More by Doing Less
3.8 (354 ratings)

What's 10x Is Easier Than 2x about?

10x Is Easier Than 2x (2023) is part call to action, part step-by-step guide to a life beyond your wildest dreams. You’ll first be introduced to why 10x is simpler, better, and more fun than 2x, then given a clear road map for immediate implementation.

Who should read 10x Is Easier Than 2x?

  • Burned-out entrepreneurs and business leaders  
  • High achievers wanting to take their personal and professional lives to the next level
  • Anyone seeking direction or motivation

Effectiveness Books: The Design Thinking Workbook by CJ Meadows, Charvi Parikh

The Design Thinking Workbook

CJ Meadows, Charvi Parikh
Essential Skills for Creativity and Business Growth
4.5 (249 ratings)

What's The Design Thinking Workbook about?

The Design Thinking Workbook (2022) provides a guide and template for problem-solving in creative, innovative ways. Meadows and Parikh share foundational skills, tools, and techniques essential to effectively addressing challenges and increasing productivity in any field of work. Their advice will help practitioners of design thinking – from beginners to experts – upgrade their creativity and increase their effectiveness when pursuing goals.

Who should read The Design Thinking Workbook?

  • Leaders looking to improve their team’s problem-solving abilities
  • Anyone interested in boosting individual and team productivity
  • People looking to boost their creativity

Effectiveness Books: Prepared by Mike Glover


Mike Glover
A Manual for Surviving Worst-Case Scenarios
4.3 (173 ratings)

What's Prepared about?

"Prepared" (2023) argues that true preparedness goes beyond stockpiling supplies and involves building resilient habits to increase stress tolerance, situational awareness, and the ability to respond effectively during crises.It offers practical advice on overcoming disaster and emergency.

Who should read Prepared?

  • Those interested in learning survival skills 
  • Parents who wish to protect their family in case of emergencies
  • Anyone who wants to be truly prepared for accidents, disasters, grid failures, and more

Effectiveness Books: Strategic Project Management Made Simple by Terry Dean Schmidt

Strategic Project Management Made Simple

Terry Dean Schmidt
Solution Tools for Leaders and Teams
4.1 (127 ratings)

What's Strategic Project Management Made Simple about?

Strategic Project Management Made Simple (2009) is a guide outlining how to develop clear and impactful strategies for projects of all sizes. It offers a practical framework for managing stakeholders, reducing risk, and building in learning cycles so you can adapt plans amid changing conditions.

Who should read Strategic Project Management Made Simple?

  • Executives and strategic planners
  • Project managers
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs

Effectiveness Books: It Takes What It Takes by Trevor Moawad with Andy Staples

It Takes What It Takes

Trevor Moawad with Andy Staples
How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life
4.3 (265 ratings)

What's It Takes What It Takes about?

It Takes What It Takes (2020) unveils the transformative power of neutral thinking. Dive into real-world examples and practical strategies that teach you to navigate life’s challenges with clarity. Gain control, harness your mindset – and watch your world shift.

Who should read It Takes What It Takes?

  • Elite athletes seeking mental resilience and performance enhancement
  • Professionals pursuing clarity, focus, and decision-making skills
  • Self-help enthusiasts exploring transformative mindset shifts

Effectiveness Books: Do the Work by Gary John Bishop

Do the Work

Gary John Bishop
The Official Unrepentant, Ass-Kicking, No-Kidding, Change-Your-Life Sidekick to Unfu*k Yourself
4.4 (369 ratings)

What's Do the Work about?

Do the Work (2019) is a guide that urges people to confront and overcome their self-imposed limitations in order to achieve personal transformation. Through actionable insights and transformative exercises, you can take control of your career and get on track for a more purposeful and fulfilling life.

Who should read Do the Work?

  • Anyone looking for a nudge forward in life
  • People tired of the usual self-help platitudes
  • Procrastinators eager for a wake-up call

Effectiveness Books: Accelerate by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim


Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim
Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations
4.0 (100 ratings)

What's Accelerate about?

Accelerate (2018) explores the intersection of software development and organizational performance. Drawing on rigorous research, it reveals the practices and capabilities that allow high-performing technology-driven companies to excel and achieve a competitive edge in the fast-paced digital era.

Who should read Accelerate?

  • Tech leaders seeking performance optimization
  • Agile and DevOps practitioners
  • Business owners looking to improve software delivery

Effectiveness Books: Team Topologies by Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais

Team Topologies

Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais
Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow
3.2 (26 ratings)

What's Team Topologies about?

Team Topologies (2019) offers a framework for organizing IT and business teams for optimal software delivery. It introduces four fundamental team structures and their interaction patterns to improve speed, autonomy, and alignment with business needs. This approach emphasizes dynamically adjusting team structures based on evolving requirements.

Who should read Team Topologies?

  • Organizational leaders seeking strategies to improve team efficiency and streamline software delivery processes.
  • IT managers looking to align business goals with technology team dynamics and interactions.
  • Software architects interested in how team topologies can influence system design and vice versa.

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What's the best Effectiveness book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as the ultimate read on Effectiveness.

What are the Top 10 Effectiveness books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  • The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
  • The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
  • The Da Vinci Curse by Leonardo Lospennato
  • The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
  • Making It All Work by David Allen

Who are the top Effectiveness book authors?

When it comes to Effectiveness, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Stephen R. Covey
  • Neil Fiore
  • Atul Gawande
  • Francesco Cirillo
  • Leo Babauta