Productivity Books

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Being productive will help us all achieve more, both in work and our personal lives. So if you are looking to get more done, achieve more in your life, then I recommend the following books for more in depth reading.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferris

Anyone who wants to become part of the New Rich should read this book. Author Tim Ferris explains how you can work more productively, cut back your working time, and work from anywhere to provide an income that does not rely in the hours that you put in.

Don’t settle for good, aim higher, and with flexibility, so that you can travel the world whilst working a minimal amount of time. To start with, become more effective at your work, not efficient at work that does not matter. Eliminate time wasting, get rid of distractions, get the most important tasks done before lunch.

Ferris then goes on to explain how to set up a business that will be profitable, but with little hands on management from you, by delegating responsibilities whilst still acting professional.

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The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch

Voted by GQ as one of the top 25 business books of the 20th century, you need to read this if you want to achieve more with less effort, free up time, increase profits and be happier. Richard Koch explains the 80/20 Principle – that 80% of your profit comes from selling 20% of your products.

This same principle can be used in many ways – your work tasks are probably 20% worthwhile, and 80% inefficient. 20% of motorists cause 80% of accidents. 20% of your customers buy 80% of your goods. And so on. Note that these figures may not be exact, but the principle is the same.

By doing more of the 20% of tasks, for example, you can become more efficient. Sell more of the 20% of products to the 20% of customers and your profits will rise. It’s definitely something that if you stop and think, you can easily see how it could improve your life.

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