The best books to read in 2021 for ultimate productiveness

There’s only 24 hours in a day. We’re all immensely familiar with this self-evident fact, and yet, it seems like CEOs and entrepreneur leaders around the globe are often running on more than such given hours. Their secret? Managing their time with effective habits and defining their priorities.

If you’re looking to maximise your day and improve your productivity, there’s no better place to turn to than the literacy landscape. Amongst promising new releases and hidden old gems, these reading materials will deliver tips, advice and motivation for you to help enhance your productivity. Read on below for the best books in 2021 to devour, so that you can maximise productiveness in your life.

What Happened To You? by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey


They often say that the person you are right now is largely moulded by your childhood influences. In this inspiring read, Winfrey and renowned brain development and trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry, explore how our past can indefinitely impact our future, whilst offering scientific insights regarding the patterns of behaviours that so many struggle to understand. The conversation that unfurls throughout the book allows one to open the door to resilience and healing, paving the path for a more productive and healthy future.

What Happened To You? will drop on 27 April, 2021. Pre-order your copy here.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

A long-time favourite for many, this popular and highly-recommended book provides a proven framework to create and improve habits. Clear, a world leading expert on habit formation, revises complex information and turn them into simple terms for readers to comprehend clearly.

Get inspired by true stories from the perspectives of business leaders, Olympic-gold medalists, award-winning artists, and top comedians who have reshaped small habits and are all now masters of their field. Besides teaching you the tools to transform and create new habits, Atomic Habits also helps you to overcome a lack of motivation and willpower, whilst reshaping the way you think about progress and success.

Grab your copy of Atomic Habits here.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

If you’ve often felt burnt out and stretched too thin with too much to handle on your plate, this book is definitely the read for you. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less looks to resolve your issues with the way of the Essentialist — a systemic discipline that allows you to filter out and make the highest possible contribution to what is most essential. This method of applying a selective criteria will allow you to declutter and organise your life, allowing you to do the best with the time you have.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is available to purchase here.  

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam


Most people’s mornings goes along the thread of something like this — you roll out of bed groggily after hitting snooze for the umpteenth time, stumble blearily around the house to get ready, and eventually rush out of the house to the office in a bid to start your day.

According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, we’re undermining the importance of mornings. In this book, Vanderkam draws on scientific research and real-life anecdotes of CEOs and leaders to showcase how these successful people utilise mornings to help score daily victories.

For example, former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Steve Reinemund would rise at 5am, run four miles, pray, and eat breakfast with his family, right before heading to work to run a Fortune 500 company. Vanderkam reveals how building such morning habits will increase happiness and productiveness, especially in your health, career and personal lives.

Grab your copy of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast here.

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