20 of the Best Productivity Books for You

Dr. Todd Snyder
18 min readJul 22, 2022
Woman looking deep in thought listening to an audio book

If you’re familiar with my writing, you know I hate seeing people reinvent the wheel. We need you at your best, focused on solving the next big problem, not stuck on problems that have already been solved.

When it comes to productivity, there’s a lot we already know. But there are only so many hours in the day, so you may not even be aware of some of the solutions others have already discovered.

That’s why I asked a capable member of my team (Thanks Lizzie!) to summarize the top selling books that have to do with getting things done. By reading these quick summaries, you may notice a book that speaks directly to a weak spot in your own productivity systems.

This is an unbiased collection (filtered for relevance to entrepreneurs) based solely on popularity of sales from three businesses: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and NY Times.

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

We’re starting with a book about one of the biggest problems entrepreneurs face: getting distracted. Here’s the simple truth. Your top priorities get neglected when you don’t have a boss to answer about wasted hours at work.

Most of us could not have success in our careers without technology. Yet while we need tech to get ahead, it can sometimes get the best of us. Nir Eyal speaks to the psychology that drives us to distraction, and the solutions.

Indistractable provides practical techniques to control your time and attention so you can live your life as you truly want.

The Big Promise:

You will experience fewer days distracted from your priorities. You will reclaim your focus and attention.

The Proposed Mechanism:

  • Master internal triggers (things that cause you to deviate from your goals)
  • Make time for traction (progress in the areas of your life you care about the most)
  • Contain external triggers (the pings, dings, and rings that lower productivity)
  • Prevent distractions with personal accountability (and make pacts with accountability buddies to reach your goals)
Dr. Todd Snyder

Dr. Snyder is a Psychologist and Productivity Coach working with entrepreneurs to accelerate results that matter. Learn more at ToddSnyderCoaching.com