The 35 Most Impactful Productivity Books I've Ever Read

During my transition from Evernote to the more minimalist Bear, I've come across notes I've taken from several books. Looking at the notes, and reflecting upon my current productivity system and the tools I use on a daily basis, the following 35 books were the most impactful. 

I divided them by general topic:


Adams, Scott. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Penguin, 2013.

Currey, Mason. Daily Rituals, Knopf, 2013.

Frankl, Viktor Emil. Man’s Search for Meaning, Beacon Press, 2006.

Ferriss, Timothy. Tools of Titans, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.


Ferriss, Timothy. The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated, Harmony, 2009.

Womack, Jason W. Your Best Just Got Better, John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

Emotional Intelligence

Bradberry, Travis, and Jean Greaves. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, TalentSmart, 2009

Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Macmillan, 2011.


Flogging, Buck. Kill Your Blog: 12 Reasons Why You Should Stop Blogging!, 2014.

Guillebeau, Chris. The $100 Startup, Pan Macmillan, 2012.


Chandler, Steve. Time Warrior, Lightning Source Incorporated, 2010.

Crenshaw, Wes. I Always Want to Be Where I’m Not, 2014.

Newport, Cal. Deep Work, Grand Central Publishing, 2016.

Pink, Daniel J. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Riverhead Books, 2011.

Growth and Development

Covey, Stephen The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Simon and Schuster, 2013.

Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline, Crown Business, 2010.


Guise, Stephen. Mini Habits, Selective Entertainment LLC, 2013.

Maurer, Robert. One Small Step Can Change Your Life, Workman Publishing, 2014.

Olson, Jeff, and John David Mann. The Slight Edge, Greenleaf Book Group, 2013.


Dini, Kourosh. Creating Flow With Omnifocus, 2015.

Levin, Daniel. The Zen Book, Hay House, Inc, 2005.

McKeown, Greg. Essentialism, Random House, 2014.


Altucher, J. Choose Yourself!, 2015.

Atkins, Peter. Life Is Short and So Is This Book, Peter Atkins, 2011.

Henry, Todd. Die Empty, Penguin, 2015.

Hill, Napoleon. Think and Grow Rich, Campuzano.

Ravikant, Kamal. Live Your Truth, 2013.


Dini, Kourosh. Workflow Mastery: Building from the Basics, 2014.

Kondo, Marie. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Ten Speed Press, 2014.


Allen, David. Getting Things Done, Penguin, 2015.

Meier, J D. Getting Results the Agile Way, Innovation Playhouse LLC, 2010.


Aurelius, Marcus. Meditations, Kessinger Publishing, 2004.

Epictetus. The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.

Holiday, Ryan. The Obstacle Is the Way, Penguin, 2014.

Irvine, William B. A Guide to the Good Life, Oxford University Press, 2008.


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