Productivity Books


Welcome to the Sources of Insight list of the best productivity books!

If you want to be productive, it helps to take a holistic approach. I believe that includes the ability to dream big, prioritize, set goals, manage your energy, manage tasks, deal with setbacks, play to your strengths, take massive action, create burning desire, and compound your effort through focus.

I’m a fan of achieving meaningful results over just doing tasks, and I find it also helps to distinguish between effectiveness and efficiency, balance work and life, and spend more time in your values.

With that in mind, I’ve arranged the world’s best productivity books that I could find, by scenario.  Beginners can start with Getting Started. Experts can start with Advanced.  Otherwise, I have listed books by topics, and there is a simple A-Z list of all the productivity books on this page at the end.

Top 10 Best Productivity Books

  1. 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, by Peter Bregman
  2. Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  3. Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and Life, by J.D. Meier
  4. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen
  5. Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance, by Marcus Buckingham
  6. Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible, by Brian Tracy
  7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
  8. The 80/20 Individual: How to Build on the 20% of What You do Best, by Richard Koch
  9. Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement, by Tony Robbins
  10. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, by Stephen Covey

Getting Started

Advanced Productivity Books



Drive, Energy, and Motivation



Learning and School



Teams and Organizations

To-Do Lists

Work-Life Balance

A-Z Best Productivity Books