5 books to help you do less and achieve more

August 21, 2018

Michael Benninger

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  • Books can be great tools for improving your work life.
  • Blinkist compiled a list of books that can help you figure out how to achieve your goals and tasks more efficiently.
  • Some of the techniques include breaking down your day into consistent chunks, focusing on one thing at a time, and prioritizing larger tasks that put a dent in your to-do list.

We've all been there. It's the 11th hour before a deadline, and a project you've had plenty of time to complete is suddenly about to be overdue. You kick yourself for not finishing it sooner and wonder how this happened yet again.

But there's no need to beat yourself up! Just realize you need to find your perfect path to productivity.

There are tons of techniques designed to help you increase your efficiency. Yet, ironically, taking the time to research your options can be a bit unproductive. Fortunately, you don't have to spend hours buried in books. With the Blinkist app, you can learn techniques from today's top productivity titles in a matter of minutes, not hours. That's thanks to our diligent bookworms, who transform bestsellers into powerful insights you can read or listen to in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee. The Blinkist library includes a treasure trove of the best insights from life-changing nonfiction books to help you hunker down and tackle your to-dos. Here are some gems from five of our favorites:



1. 'The Pomodoro Technique' by Francesco Cirillo: Work in consistent chunks of time

See your productivity skyrocket when your chop your tasks into uninterrupted, 25-minute chunks followed by short, mandatory breaks. Start by splitting your to-dos into two lists — one for today and one for the future — and you'll find your work much more manageable when you commit to consistent bursts of productivity.

2. 'Eat That Frog' by Brian Tracy: Focus on the few tasks that actually matter

3. 'Singletasking' by Devora Zack: Show your distractions who’s boss

Quit letting distractions derail your productivity, and hack your habits to eliminate anything that takes you off track. Not only will 'singletasking' make you a more industrious worker, but you'll also become a more present person, which could benefit every area of your life.

4. 'Getting Things Done' by David Allen: Get out of your head

While the brain is capable of many magnificent feats, using it as a storehouse for all of your tasks isn't necessarily its strength. Instead, supercharge your productivity by freeing up your mindspace. Jot down every task on an always-accessible list, then revisit your "collection bucket" once a week to eliminate unnecessary efforts and prioritize those that matter most.


5. 'Personal Kanban' by by Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry: Look at the big picture



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