Managing work and life when you’re working from home full-time, can get very complicated. From managing multiple schedules for all family members to handling house shores and meeting work deadlines, it feels sometimes like we’re juggling more balls than we can handle. Some are bound to drop unless you can put in place systems than can run to achieve all the daily goals and to do’s on your agenda.
We’ve put together this list of books on time management and organization where you learn from other people’s experiences; how they dealt with the same issue you have now, and what steps to take to avoid the same mistakes, or how to move forward.
What is time management?
Time management is when you can make a plan and have control over how to spend your time wisely and effectively.
Nowadays, most people’s lives revolve around their jobs or careers; some wake up to emails, answer work-related calls for breakfast, meet clients or close deals for lunch, and still end the day in front of the computer. With our current situation, balancing work and life is becoming more and more of a challenge. It is either you spend too much time lounging around the house, watching videos online with zero things done for work, or you get drowned in work from the beginning until the end of the day and not have time for family, friends, or yourself anymore. Being able to manage your time well not only results in a more productive work life but a less-stress to stress-free life as well.
Time Management Books
The books on this list are part of the best-selling time management books, which means many people have read and applied the things they learned from these books. Do note that there is no one perfect time management book, one title might work for some, but not for others. It is all a matter of trying and finding the best one that would work for you. Here’s a list of top time management books you can try:
1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Author: Greg McKeown
In this book, author Greg McKeown lets readers understand the importance of prioritizing; how we should learn to say no to some things that would not help achieve your main goal. As the title suggests, it will help you understand how focusing on a few things is better than trying to do everything at once.
2. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Author: David Allen
David Allen lets his readers know the secrets to achieve so much without stress. Many connect productivity to stress. In this book, he emphasizes how our level of productivity can also correspond to our level of relaxation. Productivity and relaxation might seem two opposites, but in this book, he explains how they go hand-in-hand.
3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Author: Charles Duhigg
In this book, Charles Duhigg, an award-winning business reporter, gives importance to forming habits. He explains why we do what we do, and gives importance to habits; how we form them, and how they affect the things we do every day, may it be for life or work.
4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Author: Stephen R. Covey
This book was published first in 1989 but it still resonates with many readers’ lives. Stephen Covey highlights 7 habits that highly effective people do and live by like planning and prioritizing to name a few. It elaborates on setting and defining goals to avoid being controlled by such goals. This book is highly commended by students and workers alike as it leaves lessons about time management and productivity.
5. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Author: Timothy Ferris
Timothy Ferris, a writer and an entrepreneur, tells his readers how people shouldn’t just live their lives at work, working from 9 am to 5 pm daily. He gives insightful tips on how readers can get things done in shorter hours and leaving more room for income. This book resonates with a lot of readers that it has spent about four years on The New York Times Best Seller List.
6. Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less
Author: Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt shares how one can accomplish more by doing less, and having more time with family, friends, and other life events in a system everyone can follow. It teaches readers how to identify the essentials to the nonessentials to avoid wasting time.
7. The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future
Author: Ryder Carroll
Bullet Journaling has taken the world of organizing by storm. People have jumped into the “bandwagon” at first being it was a trend, but many have also stuck to it until now. Ryder Carroll explains how bullet journaling is more than listing down to-do lists. He lets his readers know how this one system he developed has helped him, and how it can help them in staying on top of things, both life and work.
So many things to do, so little time—this line has been said over and over again. Every time work gets too overwhelming, and time at home has been limited, we blame it on not having enough time. By reading these books, you will have more time to do important things, and not give attention to the nonessential ones.