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Time Management Books

Time Management Books

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I put together a comprehensive Time Management Books list.  It’s a serious roundup of the best time management books you can find.  It’s a long list, and it’s meant to save you time in multiple ways, and on multiple levels.

I organized the time management books into multiple categories for fast scanning, slicing, and dicing:

  • Getting Started
  • Top 10
  • Action
  • Creative Types and Artists
  • … etc.

The most important list is at the end of the page.  It’s a list of the best time management books in A-Z order.  The idea is that you can easily compare to your own list of books and quickly find books you haven’t seen before.  So the categories of time management books are nice to help you look for specific books on procrastination or taking action, but the A-Z list is a way to quickly scan a comprehensive collection of time management books.

Here is a sampling of the page:

Getting Started

  • Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and Life by J.D. Meier
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  • The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard
  • The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
  • The Skinny on Time Management: How to Maximize Your 24-Hour Gift by Jim Randel

Top 10 Time Management Books

  1. 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman
  2. Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours by Robert C. Pozen
  3. First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
  4. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  5. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  6. The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  7. The 80-20 Principle by Richard Koch
  8. The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr
  9. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  10. Time Warrior: How to defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and Chaos by Steve Chandler

Time management will be an incredibly important topic for the new year.  As we’re asked to do more with less, find ways to do things better, faster, cheaper, make the most of what we’ve got, and make our moments matter -- any time management hacks or strategies that you can add to your bag of tricks will help you survive and thrive in our ever-changing world.

If my list of Time Management Books helps you find a book or two that helps you master time management, then I’ve done my job.

Happy holidays and best wishes for the road ahead.