Best Time Management Books

The most successful people pride themselves on their ability to manage their time wisely. Your skills and talents alone may allow you to progress to a certain point, but never all the way. Only when combined with exceptional time management skills will you be able to achieve everything you want in life.

Balancing your career and personal life remains one of the most difficult challenges in today’s modern society. A successful job is so often a demanding one that robs you of your time with friends and family members.

At a certain point in life, this can make you regret some of the decisions you’ve made. In the same way, putting your career on hold to spend time with family can also have its negative effects, and sometimes ends up with you resenting someone you love dearly.

How do you start addressing this problem? At the end of the day, it is just about time management. When you know how to manage your time, you can make anything a possibility.

One thing that plays a huge part in time management is knowing what’s important. You should organize your priorities and find out which among them, in the long run, will benefit you most.

Of course, there are a ton of other factors to keep in mind, all of which will be discussed in my compilation of the best time management books. It’s time for you to stop wondering whether to put more time on your family or your business. It’s also time for you to know how important self-care is and why it’s crucial to give yourself a break now and then.

While you will never be able to completely break free of the hold time, give yourself some form of control over it and of your life. You can do all that and more with the help of the following books:

Best Time Management Books

Competing Against Time

Competing Against Time

Cook loves this book so much that he often gives out copies of the same to his colleagues and recommends this book to the hires.
Tim Cook
CEO/Apple
The Decision Maker: Unlock the Potential of Everyone in Your Organization, One Decision at a Time

The Decision Maker: Unlock the Potential of Everyone in Your Organization, One Decision at a Time

Within Buffer, we have a concept where anyone is able to make any decision, provided they get advice from people who will be affected by the decision. It is the way we've found to envision a company without managers or bosses. We're still at the beginning of this journey, it's an exciting one to be on and I think we're creating an incredible company to be part of.

This decision making concept originates from a company called AES. I already mentioned Joy At Work, AES co-founder Dennis Bakke's first book and this is a fable he wrote to describe a company changing how they work and adopting the Advice Process.

Joel Gascoigne
Co-founder/Buffer
Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind

Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind

Question: What are your must-read books for business leaders?

Answer: Time to Think by Nancy Kline and Thrive by Ariana Huffington.

Catherine Hodgson
CEO/Hodgson Group
Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook

Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook

It's solid, realistic advice from someone who definitely knows what he's talking about.
Kristen Hamilton
Co-founder/Koru

Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less

Busyness is meaningless. What matters is consistently executing the work that actually matters. This book shows you how.
Cal Newport
Author
Principles: Life and Work

Principles: Life and Work

Ray Dalio has provided me with invaluable guidance and insights that are now available to you in Principles.
Bill Gates
CEO/Microsoft
So Good They Can't Ignore You

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Entrepreneurial professionals must develop a competitive advantage by building valuable skills. This book offers advice based on research and reality--not meaningless platitudes-- on how to invest in yourself in order to stand out from the crowd. An important guide to starting up a remarkable career.
Reid Hoffman
CEO/Linkedin
The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

I would say because it influenced me and created an imperial impact on my career path. An amazing book to read as it teaches you How to reprogram your mind in minutes to eliminate fears and phobia. Being a sales and marketing professional. I adopted many great changes in me and used some of the best techniques which are explained very well in this book by Grant Cardone.

I would definitely recommend it to everyone who wants growth. Be focused and keep fueling the fire of success with your tries and learnings!

Haris Siddique
Co-Founder/Artimization
The 80/20 Manager: The Secret to Working Less and Achieving More

The 80/20 Manager: The Secret to Working Less and Achieving More

Another worthy mention would be The 80/20 Manager: The Secret To Working Less And Achieving More, by Richard Koch.
Cristian-Dragos Baciu
Direct Response Copywriter
Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less

Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less

Work the System (Carpenter), which is one of the best books you can get on scaling yourself & your business. It’s excellent & wish I had read it earlier in my career.
Marvin Liao
Partner/500 Startups
The Pursuit of Wow! Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times

The Pursuit of Wow! Every Person’s Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times

Tom Peters at his best--the book that will push you to do the safe (risky) thing you must do to make your products remarkable.
Seth Godin
Author & Entrepreneur
Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself

In "Managing Oneself" Peter Drucker talks about how different people have different ways of receiving information. I realised that hearing is much more effective for me than reading and so since then I only really listen to audio books. Incidentally, that book is 100% free on audible and is shorter than most podcasts. Well worth your time.
Lewis Smith
Entrepreneur & Developer/BodyTracker
What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture

What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture

Ben Horowitz recently published another book called "What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture".

When we were starting MavenHut, company culture was one of the things I struggled with.

I mean, I worked 70 hours/week, should my employees do the same (no, of course not!). My business parteners were working weekends as well during the early days of the company, I didn't want to. But people say that the leaders of the company should be part of the culture. So?

I just found out about the book so I only read the first few chapters, but it goes some ways I didn't think about.

The first part of the book is about the slave rebellion that created, in the end, Haiti. What is so interesting about this? Well, it's apparently the only slave rebellion in the world that was successful in creating a new country. How is it connected to company culture? I have no idea yet. 

There's, apparently, another chapter on a prison gang. And another on Genghis Khan. 

If you are confused, you're not the only one. But since I trust the author, I'm sure it will make sense at some point.

Bobby Voicu
Founder/The CEO Library
To-Do List Formula: A Stress-Free Guide To Creating To-Do Lists That Work!

To-Do List Formula: A Stress-Free Guide To Creating To-Do Lists That Work!

The best book I've read on To-do lists!
Gennady Batrakov
CEO & Founder/Strivechat & BubblesPlanner
The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

It's important that we make this transformation, because of what Clayton Christensen calls "the innovator's dilemma," where people who invent something are usually the last ones to see past it, and we certainly don't want to be left behind.

Steve Jobs
Founder/Apple
Developing the Leader Within You

Developing the Leader Within You

I remember during the days when I was in National Service, between the ages of 19 to 21. I had a lot of time on my hands. I managed to stumble upon the author by the name of John C Maxwell. He was really popular during that period of time and he had so many good titles like “Developing the leader with you.”, “Today Matters.”, “The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership.”. These series of books really mold me into who I am now. These are very deep character building books. And they came at the right time when I was at an age ready to be mentored and guided.
Lex Na Wei Ming
CEO/Bountie.io
Reinventing Organizations

Reinventing Organizations

First, a word on career paths. In time, I realised that career paths are like one-way streets. Magic happens in unexplored territories. Plus life is how you choose to live every moment, every day. So today, rather than building a career, I prefer to make lateral moves in life, working with great people and being part of ambitious projects impacting the world. There are a few books that got me here: [...] Frederic Laloux "Reinventing Organizations".
Cristina Riesen
Founder/We Are Play Lab
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

"Collins briefed Amazon executives on his seminal management book before its publication. Companies must confront the brutal facts of their business, find out what they are uniquely good at, and master their fly wheel, in which each part of the business reinforces and accelerates the other parts," Stone writes.
Jeff Bezos
CEO/Amazon
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Over the years he’s [Tony Hsieh] recommended well over 20 business books — including his own, the 2010 bestseller Delivering Happiness and you can always find what he’s currently reading atop his cluttered desk. Start with Why is amogst those titles.

Tony Hsieh
CEO/Zappos
The Restaurant Manager's Handbook

The Restaurant Manager’s Handbook

This is the bible for starting and running a restaurant. I recommend you get the printed version and the Kindle version. Use the Kindle version for quick reference and the printed version for study.

Chuck Rogers
Owner/Chuck Rogers Consulting

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