In a highly competitive global economy, innovation, creativity, and your business’s ability to differentiate itself through its ideas and products are essential for continued growth and profitability. As a worker today, information overload, 24/7 connectivity, constant interruptions from wherever you’re working, and email and text communication lead to overwhelming anxiety. All of this anxiety highjacks your time and mental resources resulting in scarcity. And when you experience scarcity of any kind—time or mental—you become absorbed by it. Your mind orients automatically toward an unfilled need.
After the birth of my daughter, I quickly returned to work. I spent the entire first year of her life working, traveling and building my business. Caught up in my own busyness and striving to achieve some idealized notion of success I painfully realized on her first birthday that I had few real, joyful memories from that year.
Any productivity coach will tell you that your ability to think, work, and create faster, smarter, and with a more innovative edge will differentiate you from your competition. Maintaining that competitive advantage requires time, patience, drive, and the consistent refinement of your productivity strategies and tools.
When I sit down at my desk, often my eye falls upon my beloved book collection. Sorted by category (yes, I’m an Arranger with a capital “A”!), I’m grateful for all the wisdom contained within their pages. Among the novels, inspirational classics, and academic works is a section near and dear to me – the best books on productivity. There are hundreds of books written on this subject, but I’ve narrowed them down to my five favorites. Want to know the best of the best?