From the author of The Power of Habit comes amazing book that explores the science of productivity, and why managing how you think is more important than what you think—with an appendix of real-world lessons to apply to your life.
At the core of the book are 8 key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.
They view the world in deeply different ways.
Duhigg’s final advice is to avoid swimming in data by doing something with the useful parts—just like we’re taught to use a new word in a sentence immediately. “If you read a book filled with new ideas, force yourself to put it down and explain the concept,” he writes. Doing that here, I wasn’t only able to get through Smarter Faster Better in three days, despite being a slow reader, but I also finished this review in a few hours. I believe Duhigg could turn my accomplishment into a swashbuckling tale of heroism.
The author uses curiosity, specific reporting, and rich storytelling to explain how we can improve at the things we do. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most—to become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.