I want you to know that right now, at the time you are reading this article, the power of reading and learning in your field is even more profitable for entrepreneurs than ever before in history. I have experienced this first hand.
Now, there is a fine line between reading enough and reading too much. Some entrepreneurs use book learning as a crutch to keep themselves from doing real work that can be scary and risky.
Here are 4 quick reads that will get you the most bang for your buck and guarantee to provide you with tips to improve your productivity.
There are better business books and better books on productivity/effectiveness BUT I have chosen these because they are (relatively) easy reads.
This book is brief but inspiring. If you are not yet a morning person or are struggling to become one, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a great, easy read.
This book is like a hypothetical alarm clock telling you it’s time to start making more out of your mornings.
Are you a night owl? That may be fine!
Still, you owe it to yourself to at least try out alternative patterns so you can find your optimal fit.
Remember, whatever your sleep/wake pattern is, it’s all about productivity and wellness. It isn’t a contest to see who can wake up at the most absurd times. It is about optimizing your life, however that may be.
2. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
What does tidying up have to do with business? Actually a lot.
Check it out for yourself in this unique book my Marie Kondo.
At the time of this writing, this was the #2 most popular book on Amazon.com. Not in any particular category, just #2 overall!
Note: I apologize, this isn’t really as quick of a read as the others, but I really wanted to add it! It is an easy read though.
This book will remind you that quality habits are the core of a quality life and that anyone can develop them if they care enough to do so.
This book shows that the habit development process can be painfully simplified and turned into a series of absurdly easy to accomplish bite-sized habits that you can then develop into larger, lasting ones.
This book helped me reassess how I viewed habit development (good and bad) and has truly changed my life for the better.
Meetings are so ironic.
Their purpose is to improve business, returns, retention, etc. What do they do in the process? Consistently waste resources.
Meetings are important, but how you run them is just as important.
This book explains why.
Note: Yes, entrepreneurs still have meetings…
BONUS: Learn to Read Faster
These two programs will help you get more from your reading each year.
7 Speed Reading: Boost your reading speed and get through larger books in the same time as these short ones. There are many other options, but this one is the best.
How much more could you learn and and therefore earn, if you read 3x as fast AND comprehended at the same rate as you do now or better? If you don’t think the answer is “a lot,” you aren’t reading the right stuff or not in the right way.
Blinkist: A fantastic service that provides you with a constant stream of book summaries. You can view them on your smartphone, iPad or on their website. You can also listen to the summaries as 12-17 minute audiobooks. Completely awesome.
Ok, that's it!
What are some of your favorite quick reads on productivity? Drop them in the comments.