1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This book is usually on most lists for self-development, and there is a good reason for that! This self-help book is a guide to the habits of successful, effective people. However, there runs an incredibly important undertone that forms the real power of the book and the prime takeaway: living with fairness and integrity is the path to maximum efficiency and success.
In a world where shortcuts, secret deals, and dishonesty are prominent, Covey’s classic preaches a message that the world needs more than ever — and shows you how to apply it in the form of simple, straightforward habits.
2) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is amazing for all you introverts because it is so useful when it comes to learning how to work and communicate with people.
Carnegie does a great job of showing that good communication really has nothing to do with natural talent or smooth words, but knowing the right tactics to use with interacting with others, something everyone can do.
Communication is one of the single most important skills you can work on, given how critical communication is to everything that we do. If you want to improve your communication skills, this book is a must-read!
3) You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
This book is a compilation of stories, advice, exercises helping you to identify and change any limiting beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want and where you want to be. Live the life you want!
By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
4) The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have With People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah King
I read this book, when I was 22 and partying in Ibiza. It’s a book I would recommend every 20-something should read. The story of Sarah King is quite inspiring and the easy-to-read book will explain how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt -- and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy. Leading you into a life you love!
5) How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer
This is a productivity book aimed to transform your life. This book takes into account all of life's challenges work, cooking, cleaning, laundry, bills and taxes, having children, etc. Women are the usual ones to do these tasks which can be draining and time-consuming. This book finally addresses this!
This book walks you through setting the right goals, prioritizing and achieving them. It also includes personal relationships, workplace politics, etc.
Definitely a worthwhile book if you’re looking to maximise your productivity.