A good book can turn hours into minutes or transport you to another world, but a great book can inspire you to change your life.
Chris Bailey, an author and productivity expert, tells CNBC Make It that throughout his career he has scoured “countless” productivity books to find the titles with the best advice for getting organized and, as a result, thriving on and off the grid. work .
Below, Bailey shares three books he considers “essential reading” for anyone interested in becoming more productive and living a happier, more successful life:
‘Mindset: the new psychology of success’
By Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
In this book, Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck explains how to cultivate a “growth mindset” — a mindset in which you believe that your talents can be developed and that failure can be a springboard to success.
“It’s important to have a mindset that you can grow, change, and improve as a human being before investing in productivity,” notes Bailey.
Dweck also presents a compelling case for how our success in personal and professional endeavors can be dramatically affected by how we think about ourselves and our abilities. “It’s a great read that can change the way you think for the better,” Bailey adds.
‘Getting things done: the art of stress-free productivity’
By David Allen
This 2001 classic, which Bailey calls “the productivity bible,” offers practical tips for organizing your life and overcoming feelings of stress, anxiety and overwhelm.
There are chapters on improving your focus, tackling difficult projects, cleaning your email inbox, and more.
“‘Getting Things Done’ is the first and best productivity book I’ve ever read,” Bailey says. “After reading it, I felt like my mind had been cleared of tasks, obligations and everything else for the first time in a long time – I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”
“The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Drive Success and Achievement at Work”
By Shawn Achor
The path to self-improvement is often paved with negative self-talk — as Bailey points out, “wanting to become more productive, for example, means being dissatisfied with how you’re spending your time, attention, and energy in the first place.”
Achor’s book is an antidote to such fears and doubts – he writes about how happiness fuels success, drawing on his work with Fortune 500 executives to explain how to reprogram your brain to be more positive and ultimately more successful at work.
He outlines seven principles for achieving “the happiness benefit,” including focusing on small, manageable goals and building a strong social support network. Adds Bailey, “Becoming happier doesn’t just boost your step — it will also make you more productive.”
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