I recently read three helpful books on productivity. I still think the best overall book on productivity is Tim Challies’s Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity. But these three books served me by reinforcing and supplementing Do More Better.
The first two are secular (with lots of common grace). The third is evangelical.
1. Greg McKeown. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. New York: Crown Business, 2014.
- Figure out what your core responsibilities and most important goals are.
- Block out time for that.
- Say No to other things—even good things—that you don’t have bandwidth for.
- Don’t feel guilty about saying No.
- Don’t overcommit. Setting strategic boundaries frees you to do what is most important. Less is more.