The Best Books and Podcasts about Productivity, Wellness, and Workplace Habits (2021)


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This has been a prolific year for productivity content. We at ActivTrak encourage you to expand your reading (and listening) lists to include material on productivity, wellness, and workplace habits. To get started, we compiled a list of hits from the year so far. 

Whether you have 3 minutes or 3 hours, hopefully, you can find something on this list that challenges the way you think about personal, team, and organizational workplace dynamics.

For the podcast listener:

For the article skimmer:

For the book devourer:

  • Effortless: Make it Easier to Do What Matters Most by Greg McKeown
    • Important, meaningful, essential work doesn’t need to be daunting or draining. This book includes tips for how to face challenging projects, preserve your energy, and prevent burnout. Learn how to create a system to turn tasks into a series of effortless actions. 
  • Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
    • While written in 2015, this book remains relevant today and illustrates how to balance structure and creativity in a high performance organization. Former SVP of People Operations at Google and co-founder and CEO of Humu, Laszlo Bock, shares transformative insights and celebrates the power of data to predict and shape the future of work. 

At ActivTrak, we care about making the workplace better. We’re in the business of enabling organizations to create more supportive, fulfilling, and engaging places to work, all while achieving business success. Because when the workplace works, so do people.

As we round out the third quarter of the year, continue to be a student of your own productivity. Reflect on what makes you more or less productive. Consider what focus means, how you cultivate it, and what you need in order to reach and maintain it. Through this, we can not only be more productive and get more done during our workdays, but we can be healthier and happier throughout our entire day.

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