Summer has a lot to offer – warm weather, fun vacations and a variety of outdoor activities. In fact, our lives can become packed with so many things, we easily find ourselves becoming less productive. However, with a little light summer reading, you can find the inspiration you need to get your life and business on track to keep up with the demands of the busy summer selling season!
The ONE Thing and The Millionaire Real Estate Agent authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan have seven book suggestions to help you keep your summer productivity at an all-time high!
The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
A book designed for minimalists, The Power of Less encourages us to find the joy in everyday life by removing the unnecessary and refocusing on the essentials. By clearing your life of clutter, Babauta shows you how to achieve focus, clarity and efficiency.
Key Takeaway: Simplify and find joy in what you do.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
An engaging book that covers topics from email management to the importance of mini retirements, The 4-Hour Work Week offers keen insight into the importance of outsourcing work wherever you can. Instead of trying to do every menial task, Ferriss encourages you to rely on others, freeing up your time for productivity.
Key Takeaway: Automate however you can.
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Our lives and the world we live in are increasingly complex. Gawande contends all we need to organize our lives is a simple tool: the checklist.
Key Takeaway: The simplest of systems—the humble checklist—can make performance repeatable and predictable.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Everyone is busy, but is being busy the same as being productive? McKeown argues it isn’t getting everything done that counts – it’s making sure you get the right things done that matters. The trick is to achieve more by strategically pursuing less.
Key Takeaway: Simplify your work and life, but also get clear about WHY you’re working so hard.
The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
How many of us do something productive with our twenties? At a time when adulthood is a fresh pursuit, it is important to make sure you focus on the right things to achieve future goals. Jay’s insightful examination of this important decade provides a fantastic look into how to make your twenties a productive decade.
Key Takeaway: Be smart – plan ahead.
The Automatic Customer by John Warrillow
Do you want customers or subscribers? Warrillow’s The Automatic Customer shows us the importance of leveraging a subscription platform to enhance your business and create a loyal following of repeat customers. The book offers a number of models that can be adapted to your business to leverage your time and reach more customers.
Key Takeaway: Use models to leverage your business and increase productivity.
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
If there’s ONE thing we all know, it’s that life pulls all of us in a million different directions – and that can be a huge time suck. Keller and Papasan show us that there’s hope: all you have to do to overcome these distractions is focus on ONE thing. This straightforward book offers sound advice, using a focusing question to help us create a model for our lives that cuts through the noise and makes us our most productive selves.
Key Takeaway: Find the ONE thing that will make everything else easier or unnecessary.
Interested in learning more about staying productive during the summer?
Watch our one on one interview with Jay Papasan!
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