3 Books That Helped Me To Become More Productive

And if you read them, I’m sure they’ll do the same for you.

Matt Lillywhite
4 min readAug 23, 2020


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I used to be extremely lazy. Each day, I’d struggle to get any work done because I wanted to relax and watch several episodes of my favorite show on Netflix.

For a long time, that was how my life went. I frequently procrastinated on my work as I couldn’t find the motivation or energy to complete it. But as a result of having such a terrible mindset, my income dropped, and I often found myself wondering how I was going to afford rent.

I knew that something in my life had to change. So I started reading books to find solutions to the problems I was facing. And sure enough, the strategy worked. I implemented several strategies recommended by authors and quickly found myself working a lot more efficiently than ever before.

What follows is a collection of books that massively improved my work ethic. Each of them helped me to become a lot more productive, and I’m sure they will do the same for you, too.

“Atomic Habits” by James Clear.

This is one of my favorite books of all-time. I read it every few months to remind myself that habits are the key to creating a successful future. Quoting the author, James Clear:

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”

For example, if you want to become a successful writer, you can write an article each morning to create a massive portfolio of work within a few months. Alternatively, you can do nothing to make progress on your dream, and live the rest of your life in a state of regret. The choice is yours.

My greatest takeaway from the book? Focus on improving the overall trajectory of your life. Because when you put one foot in front of the other each day, the power of compound interest will create incredible amounts of success over time.

“The 4-Hour Chef” by Tim Ferriss.