• the state or quality of producing something
  • the effectiveness of productive effort

Congratulations, deciding that you want to become more productive is the first step in doing so. The definition of productivity, like success, can vary from person to person— but the willpower to make the change comes from the same place.

The trait of being productive has it’s biggest upside in the workplace. It’s not always about how hard you work, but rather the effectiveness of your work. Of course, becoming more productive in your career ultimately leads to more money— cha-ching. But what about taking that same approach in your personal life? If you’re looking to develop higher-quality habits, check out these 3 books that will transform the way you think about productivity.


Folding Time: How to achieve twice as much in half the time By Neen James

As if the title isn’t convincing enough, this book by Neen James looks at productivity from a new perspective. Neen declares you, the reader, a leader and instantly puts you in life’s driver seat. This book is all about inspiring change and productivity in others— which ultimately defines a leader. At 240 pages, it’s a light read but full of easy-to-implement lesson plans. Become a master of your time and space today.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg

Becoming more productive starts with building productive habits. In this New York Times Bestseller, Charles Duhigg explains how our lives are nothing more than a series of good and bad habits. Take a deep-dive and learn the history of habits and why you’re the only one who has the power to change them. Through various real-life examples, you’ll learn what it takes to achieve true productivity.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change By Stephen R. Covey

We couldn’t leave out this timeless classic. Talk about impact— join Stephen R. Covey as he dives into what it takes to become a highly productive person. This do-it-yourself guide has been a mainstay with CEOs and U.S. presidents. Covey urges readers that a life without purpose isn’t one worth living.

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