Recommended Readings

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David Allen and Getting Things Done

  • Allen, David - Getting Things Done: A classic and very effective 'bottom-up' strategy for processing your inbox, dealing with day-to-day items, and working up to the bigger picture. The chief inspiration behind the D\*I\*Y Planner project.
  • Getting Things Done (Audio version)
  • Allen, David - Ready for Anything: Essentially the sequel to GTD, this book contains 52 ways to boost your productivity and ensure you're making the most out of your time.
  • Ready for Anything (Audio version.)

Stephen R. Covey

  • Covey, Stephen R. - Seven Habits of Highly Effective People : Covey's seminal best-seller concerns the cultivation of those behaviours which can lead you to a happier, more productive and more effective life though social, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual means.
  • Covey, Stephen R. et al - First Things First : The Covey time management system, first outlined (or rather hinted at) in his earlier best-seller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. A classic 'top-down' strategy for starting with a life-guiding mission, setting roles and goals, then working down into everyday actions and events.

General Productivity

  • Bliss, Edwin C. - Getting Things Done: A hard-to-find gem of a book jam-packed with advice from A-Z concerning almost every aspect of productivity. The short articles are easy to digest and ponder, and backed up by thought-provoking facts and studies. (See the AMMT Review)
  • Emmett, Rita - The Procrastinator's Handbook: Learn why we procrastinate, and how to get over the various stumbling blocks imposed by fear, emotional issues, disorganised workspaces, and rigid situations that often leave us paralysed.


  • Badonsky, Jill Baldwin - The Nine Modern Day Muses: 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration for Artists, Poets, Lovers, and Other Mortals Wanting to Live a Dazzling Existence : Revisit the greek muses as you've never seen them before, revised and updated to fit in with today's fast paced society. This wonderfully unique and creative book shows you how to reconnect to your creativity. Be inspired and come play wtih the muses.
  • Bradbury, Ray - Zen in the Art of Writing (Expanded) : From the author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles comes this series of essays about the art of writing and the pursuit ofinspiration. A wonderful mix of anecdotes, fantastical imagery and solid advice.
  • Cameron, Julia - The Artist's Way: This 12-week creativity program helps people recover their creativity. It carefully guides and unblocks any preconceptions on what creativity is and means. Through a wide variety of exercises and techniques, especially journal writing, The Artist's Way can help anyone get back in touch with their expressive side and allow them to start sharing their creative aspirations with the rest of the world.
  • Gelb, Michael J. - How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day : One of our favorite creativity books, this teaches you how to use your senses to find new and creative ways to explore the world around you and your inner self. Gelb discusses and gives exercies to explore seven principles (Curiosita, Dimonstratzione, Sensazione, Sfumato, Arte/Scienza, Corporalita, and Connessione) and how these principles can heighten and expand how you perceive the world, along with your purpose in it. If you've ever wondered about Leonardo's fascinating talents of perception and creative analysis, then this is the book for you.
  • Goldberg, Natalie - Writing Down the Bones : One of the most respected books for creative writers, this is a collection of short essays that dispense morsels of wisdom, intimate anecdotes, methods drawn from years of practical experience, and learnings gleaned from Zen philosophy.
  • Lamott, Anne - Bird By Bird : Subtitled 'Some Instructions on Writing and Life', this engaging work offers up sage advice to writers and creative types in general, in Lamott's provocative and disarmingly raw style. Sometimes raunchy, often times funny, always thought-provoking.
  • Rilke, Rainier Maria - Letters to a Young Poet : Landmark book collecting ten beautiful letters from the famous German poet to a young writer, filled with sublime instructions on writing, soul-searching, and living a full life.
  • Wylie, Betty Jane - The Write Track: How to become a freelance writer and actually make a living at it. Meant mainly for Canadians (especially those entangled by taxation rules and federal regulations), but also containing a lot of quality advice that would apply equally to other countries. Very practical, no fluff.

Miscellaneous Paper-Luvin'

  • Sellen, Abigail J. & Harper, Richard H.R. - The Myth of the Paperless Office: An excellent study of how and why we use paper, despite the so-called advances, promises and ease-of-use of digital technologies. Not just for scholars, it's a fascinating exposé of productivity methods and cognitive psychology in the workplace.
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