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What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity?

As the question states, I'd like to see a list of books that are really really must read books on the subject of time management and productivity.

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Check en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_Things_Done. –  Refineo Apr 3 '12 at 23:41
    
Related: productivity.stackexchange.com/questions/758/… –  Jonta Apr 6 '12 at 17:36
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I recommend these two first:

Allen, David: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity.

Covey, Stephen: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Then there are a lot of others that may have something useful to offer, but if you're looking for "really really must read" these are what to start with.

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Yep, everyone should absolutely read Getting Things Done. –  Tim Booker Apr 5 '12 at 13:23
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The Power of Full Engagement is right up there with GTD for me, it's a book that's completely changed how I see my workflow, especially dealing with purpose, energy and breaks. It goes along nicely with The Pomodoro Technique as the latter is a method to the motivation behind the former.

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Zen to done - very useful if GTD is too complicated for you - it's kinda simplified GTD.

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If GTD is too complicated, you can just choose a subset of methods from it. I myself use a kind of uber-light GTD: Collect tasks in single place, break down steps, think about next step to do, review every week. Works ok for me. –  0x6d64 Apr 8 '12 at 15:45
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Here's some oldies but goodies. Perhaps you can find them used for a bargain.

These are, strictly speaking, not personal productivity books, because they focus on teamwork, but hey, whom among us work in a vacuum? I find my personal productivity is highly correlated with the agreements and actions I take with other people.

  • Peopleware, Productive Projects and Teams, Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister
  • 201 Principles of Software Development, Alan M. Davis
  • Making It Happen, A Non-Technical Guide to Project Management, Mackenzie Kyle
  • The Fifth Discipline, The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, Peter M. Senge
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