The Best Books and Podcasts about Productivity


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No matter if you’re traveling home on an 8+ hour car ride or staying put, I’d like to take the opportunity to send along some of my favorite productivity, management, and performance materials so you can dive in when you find yourself with some downtime over the holidays.

Whether you have 3 minutes or 3 hours, hopefully, you can find something on this list that challenges the way you think about your personal and workplace productivity habits. 

For the podcast listener:

·     Being Happier at Work

·     Unproductive Days, Content Fatigue, and Cultivating Character

·     How Science Can Fix Remote Work

·     The Science of Self Motivation & Productivity

·     How to Beat Distraction & Stay Focused

For the article skimmer:

·     How to Actually Encourage Employee Accountability

·     The Rise & Fall of Getting Things Done

·     4 Things to Consider before you Start Using AI in Personnel Decisions

For the book devourer:

·     Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericson

·     Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialist World by David Epstein

·     The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

·     Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman

At ActivTrak, we care about making the workplace better. We’re in the business of enabling organizations to create more supportive, fulfilling, and engaging places to work, all while achieving business success. Because when the workplace works, so do people.

As we close out the year, my challenge to all of you is this: become a student of your own productivity. Reflect on what makes you more or less productive. Consider what focus means, how you cultivate it, and what you need in order to reach it. Through this, we can not only be more productive and get more done during our workdays, but we can also be healthier and happier throughout our entire days as well. 

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