Listen Your Way to Productivity

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There’s a lot of useful knowledge out there – about business, productivity, time management, and many other interesting topics – but when you’re a busy professional, it can be hard to make time for everything on your reading list.

That’s where today’s Neat productivity tip comes in (read more about our 31 Days of Productivity challenge here).

Due to their convenience, audiobooks are becoming more and more popular; you can listen to them pretty much anywhere, absorbing their wisdom while you’re getting ready in the morning, exercising, commuting to work, or making dinner.

In years past, audiobooks were something we only listened to on long car trips – but times have changed. With the power of portable technology like smartphones and tablets, you can download a new audiobook in seconds on sites like Audible and Audiobook, and you can bring your new book anywhere without any extra bulk in your purse or briefcase.

If you’re looking for a new audiobook that will make you more productive or improve your leadership skills, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few suggestions, with the publisher’s description below each link. Happy listening!


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

by Marie Kondo

“Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.”


Attitude is Everything: 10 Life-Changing Steps to Turning Attitude into Action

by Keith Harrell

“Attitude is Everything can teach you to turn attitude into action by taking control of your life, re-framing your bad attitude, being pre-active, seeing change as an opportunity, and more.”


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

by Simon Sinek

“Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.”


Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

by Brian Tracy

“There’s an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day. Using ‘eat that frog’ as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog!shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.”


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg
“At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.”


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