The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This is the golden grail of organizing your belongings. Marie Kondo has become a household name with her two best-selling books, consultant school, and the latest Netflix series. Marie is a petite Japanese organizer who claims to have never had a client revert to previous behaviors. She takes her profession seriously, and you can’t help but take her seriously when you read her books.
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
If Marie Kondo’s book is the holy grail of arranging your belongings, Brian Tracy’s book is the holy grail of organizing your life. It’s in its third edition, and it’s sold about 2 million copies in over 20 languages, so there’s something worthwhile here. “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day,” Mark Twain famously said. This book will teach you how to recognize and comprehend your most critical tasks, as well as how to prioritize them.
Freedom from the Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles E. Hummel
This is more of a pamphlet than a book, but despite its brief length, it packs a punch that will make you evaluate what is truly important and what is merely masquerading as significant.
Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies
Do More Better is a book on doing good things and doing them better, with a focus on surviving in the digital age. Challies is a Christian who writes to aid Christians, which sets it apart from other productivity books. He talks about why productivity is important (the gospel), how to overcome hurdles to productivity (what he terms “productivity thieves”), and how to use tools to get more done.
Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life by Sheila Chandra
This is a short book based on the premise that no matter how disorganized a person is, she always knows where her toothbrush is since it belongs in the bathroom and is never moved. Everything has its place, and every space serves a purpose, therefore we should be aware of how each of our rooms works and refuse to add anything that does not contribute to that functionality.