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Which Productivity Book is Best for You?

written by: KateG•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 7/5/2011

There are a lot of books out there that are designed to help you get yourself organized and become more productive, but how do your choose one from endless throngs or options? Save yourself some time and money by looking at four of the most popular productivity books on the market.

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    Strength Finder 2.0

    About this book:

    Strength Finder 2.0 is a book about managing your life as efficiently as possible, not by improving your weaknesses but by playing up your strengths. The book comes with detailed descriptions of the many types of strengths that are relevant to the workplace. The book comes with access to an online quiz that is designed to give you a glimpse into what your strengths are. This does not give you a system to follow but instead, helps you learn what your strengths are and how to use them to your advantage.

    Who this book would be best suited to:

    This book has two target audiences. The first are people who are new to the world of work, and who want to figure out what kind of job they would be well suited to. The second are people who are in a career transition. Either way the book can give you an idea of how to best tackle your job search and also offers some general guidelines for learning what jobs are best for you.

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    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity

    About this book:

    This book's ambitious goal is to help get organized now and set up organization for all of your goals at every stage of life. The first part of the book presents you with a 5 step plan for getting things done. That process of collect, process, organize, review and do may be familiar to you. It is essentially a souped up version of the PDCA (Plan-do-check-act) model.

    The book helps you organize your goals in a timeline. You want to have immediate actions and projects, know your general areas of responsibility, have a list of yearly goals, as well as 5 year goals and lifetime goals. These goals are then used to guide your actions.

    Who this book would be best suited to:

    This book is for people who are already familiar with corporate systems and who wants to emulate them in their personal ones. It will also work well for list addicts. If you have a relatively stable life then this system will work for you, but if your life is not so structured, you'll have to make some serious modifications.

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    Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Tools for Work and Life

    About this book:

    This book is about how you manage your life, and see your work as part of that. It aims for a very balanced approach. This book breaks down personal traits by chapter and addresses often overlooked areas of productivity like intuition and positive thinking.

    Who this book would be best suited to:

    If you are a creative professional, or just don’t buy in to all of the corporate hype about your whole productivity strategy being on lists and calendars then this book is for you. College students and career transitioners should probably also pick this one up since it has a great deal of advice for dealing with adversity. If you are looking for less rigid instruction and more of a balanced philosophy then this book is for you.

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    Execution: The Art of Getting Things Done

    About this book:

    This book is primarily about how to effectively manage change and actually getting things done. The book comes from the fact that too many companies get caught up in planning and developing new ideas to actually get things done. It aims to show managers, especially those on the senior level, how to translate ideas into action. The author takes a process management approach to getting you where you want to go.

    Who this book will be best suited to:

    This book is good for people who are in charge of ever changing environments or those who want to make big plans come to fruition in a resistant environment. You may also find it to be good if you are starting a small business or working at a start up.