Running a business can sometimes feel like taking a ride on a roller-coaster - there are moments when you are overwhelmed with excitement and there are moments when you are terrified and you feel like you can’t handle it any more. In those difficult moments, the best piece of advice we can give is to take a deep breath, plan your priorities for the day and focus on the next 24 hrs and the tasks which you will have to complete in that time. And to avoid getting yourself into a similar state in the future - we would like to share with your our secret list of the 10 best weekend reads on productivity which saved thousands of entrepreneurs from getting overworked and helped them to just get things done without (regular) panic attacks!
1. 18 minutes
We absolutely loved this one! “18 minutes” by Peter Bregman is an amazing compilation of strategies to create and apply management systems in your personal and professional life. Here, again, instead of focusing on time management the author tackles various productivity problems by encouraging you to look at the way you manage various aspects of your life. If you have ever caught yourself on spending too much time on things that don’t really matter - “18 minutes” will help you to clear your life off all the distractions and unnecessary tasks and it will help you to stay focused on what really matters.
2. The power of full engagement
This book can be a great source of guidance for entrepreneurs running small businesses and start-ups. Although productivity books try to address the problem by proposing new time management techniques, “The power of full engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz focuses on energy management. With their fresh approach the authors will guide you in how to utilise your energy in such a way that, so that you use it to perform the maximum number of tasks with the least amount of energy spent. This has completely changed the way we perceive productivity, and we hope that it will change your perspective too!
3. Manage your day to day
If you find yourself confused from time to time about setting up good and effective productivity strategies and systems, this book will be a perfect weekend read for you! Apart from containing a whole load of amazing motivational quotes and ideas, we loved “Manage your day to day” by Jocelyn Glei for the clarity with which the author talks about the challenges of having a 24/7 always-on workplace. If you ever feel that the boundary between home and work is getting blurred, and if you find yourself putting in far too many hours and not getting enough done - this book should be on your agenda this weekend (no, not the following one!).
4. Eat that frog
“Eat that frog” by Brian Tracy has gained significant reputation as the guidebook on enhancing business productivity. The advice offered by the author includes tips on how to shorten your to do list in order to stay more focused and increase your productivity as well as how to eliminate the risk of getting procrastination attacks (which may become lethal for your business). We highly recommend this book for all entrepreneurs who are dedicated to progress their business and improve their working habits!
5. The power of habit
We all sometimes get tired of the same ineffective habits - whether these are our own habits or the habits of our colleagues, employees and business partners. “The power of habit” by Charles Duhigg will help you in two ways. Firstly, it will prove to you that habits can promote effectiveness (as long as they are good habits). Secondly, it will teach you how to eliminate the bad habits which are time-wasters and enhance the ones which will increase your productivity (and the productivity of all the other people you work with). This book is full of habit-forming principles which have a huge impact on business and the people who create it. Highly recommended!
Karolina Sieler is the Founder of FBIZZ. She actively oversees all the activities of FBIZZ. She also hosts FBIZZ Discussions and FBIZZ Business Cafe meetings. She writes mostly about project management and branding.
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