Recommended books on productivity & goal setting:
All of these recommended books on productivity & goal setting are good and helpful to a wide variety of people. Atomic Habits is the most accessible and practical book I’ve read on building habits.
Anything by Brian Tracy is worth reading. This book will help you achieve your goals faster than you thought you could.
The best book I’ve ever read on networking and building the networking habit is The Referral of a Lifetime by Tim Templeton. Networking can and should be fun and comfortable for you to do.
The 12 Week Year is great for people who have repeatable tasks in their business. Making multiple sales calls per day, writing a set number of words, and so forth will fit well with this book. For Creatives and others whose work doesn’t break down into metrics like that, this book is less helpful but still good. Consistent action will move anyone forward.
Get Out of Your Own Way is required reading at my house. Dr. Robert K. Cooper takes all the studies and stats and translates it into everyday English. Anyone can understand the Reticular Activating System, amygdala, and other brain structures when reading this book. Learn what “open space goals” are and how they differ from SMART goals. Be more successful when you get out of your own way.
Personality Isn’t Permanent is the best book I’ve read on the myth of personality types and how to become who you want to become. It’s controversial to say “the myth of personality types,” but he has some good points. We do get to decide who we are, and we don’t have to remain trapped in some box someone put us in.
Clockwork is about creating and using systems to free up your time and help you be more productive that way.
First Things First and Getting Things Done are classic recommended books on productivity & goal setting.
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