Everybody has 24 hours in a day, and your success is dependent upon what you do in those 24 hours.
But it’s not just about quantity; anyone can be a busy fool. It’s also about quality.
Essentially, your success depends on the quality of your output and on the quality of your execution. So, rather than just working to get more stuff done, you need to focus on achieving more of the stuff that matters.
So, here are four books that will help you to do just that. (In no particular order)
#1 – “The 12-Week Year” by Brian P. Morgan & Michael Lennington (Getting more done in 12 weeks than others do in 12 months.)
When I first read this book, I didn’t rate it very highly, largely because I felt that the material could have been written as a long-form blog post, rather than a book.
That being said, I do think that the concept is great and very useful when it comes to getting more out of your time.
If you implement only half of this book, you will find that it will make a huge difference to your output.
#2 – “The One Thing” by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan (The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results.)
According to the text on the back of the book:
“By reading this book, you will learn how to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelming feeling, revive your energy, stay on track, and master what matters most to you.”
After reading this book, I can honestly say that it does deliver on all those promises, and I recommend that everybody who wants to execute at a high level reads this book!
#3 – “Deep Work” by Cal Newport (Rules for focused success in a distracted world.)
This book talks about the contrast between “deep work” and “shallow work,” how to tell the difference between the two, how to be able to practice deep work effectively, and how to work toward the results that you want to see.
I found this book extremely useful. Since reading the book, I try to practice deep work daily, and I highly recommend that you do too.
#4 – “Life Leverage” by Rob Moore (How to get more done in less time, outsource everything, and create your ideal mobile lifestyle.)
So, as the subtitle suggests, this book is all about outsourcing.
The best way to get more out of your time is to free yourself up to do the things that actually matter by outsourcing smaller and less significant tasks to other people.
You can also outsource the things that you aren’t very good at. Leave those tasks to professionals who can make a better job of them, while you concentrate on something else.
The main downside to outsourcing is that it does involve some financial outlay. But that doesn’t mean you have to employ a whole workforce! You can simply outsource a few small tasks to freelancers and pay them on a per-task basis. You will then have more time to spend on building and growing your business. As you make more money, you can outsource more tasks, leveraging even more time. And so, the cycle continues!
This is a great book to help you decide what to outsource and how to do it.
Done and dusted!
These books will show you how to make the most of your time, how to get stuff done, and how to execute to a high level.
Let me know in the comments what you think of my 4 picks and if you have any other books that you would add to the list, please let me know!