We’ve all read different self-help or productivity books, and there are many that talk about a narrow section of a particular topic. I mentioned this as I started this season, and I’m interested in exploring what it could look like to take several of these books and start to put the concepts together to get a more broad view of the topic.

Now, there are many reviews and summaries available that cover the topics, but I’d like to start exploring how these different books intersect – how they fit together, like a puzzle.

I haven’t really started delving into this yet, but I’d like to share how I hope to approach this, and then probably start rolling through this over the upcoming months.

Here are some of the books I have in mind (and a little about each one):

  • The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
    • What is the one thing I can do such that doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
    • Less but better.
  • Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time by Rory Vaden
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do what We Do in LIfe and Business by Charles DuHigg
    • How habits work (the habit loop) and how to create new habits
  • Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal
    • Opposite of distraction is traction (this blew my mind – I thought it was focus)
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
    • Develop deep work routines to drastically improve your focus while working
  • Grit:  The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
    • Grit is about stamina, not intensity
    • Passion is not quite what I thought it was
    • I participated in a 2-month book club on this book
  • Time Management Magic: How to Get More Done Every Day and More from Surviving to Thriving by Lee Cockerell
    • Haven’t listened yet, but I have listened to Lee Cockerell’s podcast and have heard many of the principles he has in the book.
    • Lessons he’s learned and fine-tuned while working as a VP at Disney World as well as in other management positions in the hotel industry
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
    • Get everything out of your head and on paper
    • “Being creative, strategic, and simple present and loving don’t require time – they require space.”

There are probably many other books or resources I could include in this, but these 9 were readily available on my Audible account.

As you can see, they all relate to time management and productivity in some way, but all from different angles and perspectives.

I don’t have a solid plan on how I’m going to tackle this project or how I’m going to share results with you when I do, but I want to at least take the first step and introduce this to you. I also don’t know what it’ll look like when it’s done, but that doesn’t really matter right now.

Maybe you would even be interested in working with me on this – maybe like a virtual book club or something. If so, send me an email: jr@joshuarivers.net, and let me know that you’re interested in this. If I get enough people interested, we’ll get something started.

Also, let me know if there are any other books you think I should add to this list.

I’m going to have links to each of these books in the show notes, in case you want to check them out.

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