12 time management books you should read in 2022

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12 time management books you should read in 2022

July 13, 2021

12 time management books you should read in 2021

Do you ever wonder how much time you waste on things that have nothing to do with your personal or professional goals? Do you feel time pressure and have so much to do that you can’t keep up? Perhaps you feel weighed down by expectations at work or from family or friends and don’t know what to do. Probably you need some proven methods to cope with it. Therefore, we prepared a list of 12 time management books that can help you organize your life better.

We all want to accomplish a great number of things in life. However, we get carried away with matters that steal our focus and commitment to our goals. And time is our most precious resource. How we manage it has a critical impact on whether or not we achieve desired life goals. In all these situations, time management is a key to the success of any endeavor.

Many of us need time management help – someone or something. Perhaps a guide to help you set goals and get where you want to go. Here is a list of 12 time management books you should read in 2022. They are presented in the order of issue – from the newest to the oldest. 

12 time management books you should read in 2022

1. Time Management Strategy 

Cover of the book "1. Time Management Strategy, The Proven 6-Step System to Easily Manage Multiple Projects, Take Control of Stress and Make Time for Yourself" by Debra Conn

The Proven 6-Step System to Easily Manage Multiple Projects, Take Control of Stress and Make Time for Yourself 

Debra Conn 

January 2020 

Imagine leaving your job at the end of a fulfilling, productive day in a good mood and with energy for an enjoyable evening. As a working woman with four children, Debra Conn understands human frustration. Her time management system is the result of many studies and years of trial and error. By following the simple, practical steps in her book, you’ll be able to take control of your life by learning how to: 

  • effectively perform essential professional and personal tasks on a daily basis; 
  • focus on increasing productivity and getting more done in less time; 
  • develop procedures for consistency; 
  • minimize stress; 
  • increase time for yourself. 

2. The Art of Productivity 

Cover of the book "Time Management is Life Management. Personal Development & Setting Goals PLUS Monthly Calendar Planners" by Knowledge Lab ZZ

Time Management is Life Management. Personal Development & Setting Goals PLUS Monthly Calendar Planners 

Knowledge Lab ZZ 

January 2020 

In this book, you’ll learn how to become a better time steward, plan your daily activities, and make a schedule yourself. You will also learn tools that will help you make the most of your time. You will find in it, among others, the following chapters: 

  • What is time management; 
  • Effective planning;
  • Goal setting;
  • Scheduling; 
  • Delegating responsibilities to others;
  • Prioritizing tasks;
  • Results of highly effective time management. 

The daily planner template from Microsoft Excel Planner attached to the book is to help you create your own. For example, you can enter: What I did yesterday, Energy level, Own rhythm.

You can also create schedules for groups of people and include topics such as Time Management Skills, Goal Setting, Self Awareness and Concentration, Targeting, Building Communication Skills, Stress Management, Time Management Tools. 

3. Time Management: 2 Books in 1

Cover of the book "Time Management: 2 Books in 1, Stop Procrastinating, To-Do List Formula – The Ultimate Guide To Brake Your Bad Habits And Increase Your Productivity" by Travis Holiday and Kevin Hollins

Stop Procrastinating, To-Do List Formula – The Ultimate Guide To Brake Your Bad Habits And Increase Your Productivity 

Travis Holiday, Kevin Hollins 

November 2019 

This complete time management guide teaches you how to break bad habits and organize your time to maximize your productivity and efficiency. The first volume is devoted to procrastination – the most critical element of proper time management. You will also find the following topics: 

  • 10 ways to get rid of bad habits or procrastination; 
  • 6 secrets for a concentrated mind; 
  • 8 reasons why you need to create a to-do list; 
  • 6 mistakes to avoid for maximum productivity. 

As the authors assure, techniques described in the book have worked well for millions of people over the years. In addition, they have included research results that explain the science behind their success. 

4. Time Management Ninja 

Cover of the book "Time Management Ninja, 21 Rules for More Time and Less Stress in Your Life" by Craig Jarrow and Hyrum W. Smith

21 Rules for More Time and Less Stress in Your Life 

Craig Jarrow, Hyrum W. Smith 

September 2019 

In this book authors advise onxf how to have more time to relax, spend time with family, and just enjoy life while achieving big goals. They assumed that most time management systems and tools are, unfortunately, too complex and too bulky to be effective or durable. After years of testing tactics, tools and time management systems and writing hundreds of articles on productivity, goals and organization, Craig Jarrow discovered a simple truth: simplifying the approach. 

The book presents the “21 Principles” that show a more accessible and more effective way to take control of your busy life and manage your time. The authors assure: “If you follow these simple rules, you will do more with less effort. As a result, you’ll have less stress and more time to do the things you want to do.”

5. Time Management Magic 

Cover if the book "Time Management Magic, How to Get More Done Every Day and Move from Surviving to Thriving" by Lee Cockerell

How to Get More Done Every Day and Move from Surviving to Thriving 

Lee Cockerell 

September 2019 

The author of this book is a retired vice president of Walt Disney World. Above all, he advises: “Don’t underestimate what you can achieve.”

He believes that a well-organized system of planning and achieving one’s goals and dreams is crucial in life. And the magic of time management is learning a method and mindset that increases your ability to lead a highly productive, sustainable and happy life. 

Cockerell attributes his own success to having a solid time management system that kept him doing what he wanted and allowed him to keep his promises. Tactics presented in the book teach you how to accelerate your personal and professional development. The secrets he developed have become coveted corporate training lectures for executives. 

6. Time Management 

Cover of the book "Time Management, Learn the Strategies and Secrets of Successful People to Increase your Productivity and Stop Procrastinating for Entrepreneurs, Managers, Workers, Students, Olympic Athletes" by Fabian Weisberg

Learn the Strategies and Secrets of Successful People to Increase your Productivity and Stop Procrastinating for Entrepreneurs, Managers, Workers, Students, Olympic Athletes 

Fabian Weisberg 

August 2019 

In this book, you will understand what factors prevent you from achieving your goals. It will equip you with the skills to better control your time and learn certain behaviors effectively.

The author provides the necessary information and shares secrets that the best time managers have brought into their daily activities. For example, he argues that in effective time management, it is essential to find the frequency (the so-called frequency strength). Moreover, it draws attention to the so-called power of loneliness – longing for what you have missed. 

He advises to begin the day with stating one’s needs and goals for the close future. Thereby, one enters the day with a clear mind and a goal of what they are trying to achieve. You will find that you don’t have to work overtime because you can do more during your working hours. The author believes that time management is the best thing that you can do for yourself, your career and personal life. 

7. Take Back Your Time

Cover of the book "Take Back Your Time, Identify Your Priorities, Decrease Stress and Increase Productivity " by Morgan Tyree

Identify Your Priorities, Decrease Stress and Increase Productivity 

Morgan Tyree 

August 2019 

Tyree wants to help others “regain” time with his proven time management system. She shows with energy and enthusiasm how to organize and manage it using a simple three-color system of time zones: green, yellow and red – moxie time, multitasking time and time for me. It shows you how to identify your most productive times each day and regulate the time between the most important and unimportant matters. 

She proposes to plan three time zones, adjust them to your abilities, and set achievable goals in line with your personal values. Then, if you struggle to find balance and direction in your life, the author’s system will help you discover the freedom of less rush and more harmony. 

8. Time Management in 20 Minutes a Day 

Cover of the book "Time Management in 20 Minutes a Day, Simple Strategies to Increase Productivity, Enhance Creativity, and Make Your Time Your Own" by Holly Reisem Hanna

Simple Strategies to Increase Productivity, Enhance Creativity, and Make Your Time Your Own 

Holly Reisem Hanna 

July 2019 

Learning to manage time does not have to take a long time, as the book’s author assures. Working it in 20 minutes a day makes it easy to increase productivity and get the most out of your day.

The author implements specific strategic changes on a daily basis: “Learn how to stop doing all the little things you didn’t even realize you were wasting so much time – from email obsession to clutter to poor meeting management.” She gives short lessons, adding personal anecdotes of her own life. The book includes, among others, the following chapters:

  • Learn time management fast – simple suggestions focus on proven strategies that can be completed in 20 minutes or less; 
  • Home and office advice – no matter if you are a busy CEO or a parent staying at home;
  • Modern techniques for today’s times – productivity applications, digital planners, etc. 

9. The Effective Executive 

Cover of the book "The Effective Executive, The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done" by Peter F. Drucker

The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done 

Peter F. Drucker 

January 2017 

If you hold or plan to hold a management position in your career, this book is important as it sets out the qualities necessary for any manager or supervisor. This new edition of the iconic book from 1967 (it celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017) is about productivity, entrepreneurship, leadership, management, etc. And its key theme is time management. 

Every good manager doesn’t have enough of it, so getting the most out of what’s available is essential to success. Hard work is not enough; you have to work on what is most important: “doing the right things,” which Drucker talks about in the subtitle. According to him, the following are also necessary:

  • Choosing what to bring to the organization; 
  • Finding and using your strengths – where to apply them to improve your organization; 
  • Setting the priorities;
  • Using your priorities to become more productive; 
  • Becoming an effective communicator using your knowledge, experience and lessons learned. 

10. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management 

Cover of the book "10. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management, The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs" by Kevin Kruse

The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs

Kevin Kruse 

October 2015 

The author relied on interviews he conducted with exceptionally productive and successful people. In the book, he presents the remarkable results of the study, revealing the secrets of extreme productivity. Thanks to the lessons of successful people, you can learn that time is an invaluable resource that can never be recovered, so everyone should learn to use it wisely.

After reading this book, you can get rid of your to-do lists, stop procrastinating, minimize stress, cut down on email, run meetings effectively, and stop being distracted by social media. 

11. Becoming the 1%

Cover of the book "Becoming the 1%, How to master time management and rise to the top in 7 days" by Dennis Crosby

How to master time management and rise to the top in 7 days

Dennis Crosby 

January 2014 

The book talks about setting goals, limiting work to basic tasks, and a specific productivity method that revolutionized the author’s own life. At the same time, the book does not contain new ideas and fresh thoughts about time management. However, it is a compilation of many popular views on this subject, gathered in one place. 

Crosby has done the job of reading a lot about time management and discussing the best ideas. He presents: 

  • 7 techniques that everyone who wants to succeed in time management must know; 
  • only those tasks that need to be cared for, which can completely change the way you approach your job; 
  • how to set goals correctly – if that’s done, everything else will become crystal clear. 

12. 168 hours: You Have More Time Than You Think 

Cover of the book "168 hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, This book is about where time really goes and how we can all make better use of it" by Laura Vanderkam

This book is about where time really goes and how we can all make better use of it 

Laura Vanderkam 

May 2010 

In her book on time management, Laura Vanderkam details her interviews with dozens of happy and successful people. These are the people, who made her realize that the way your time is distributed significantly impacts your overall well-being. Moreover, she realized that they were doing it differently than most of us. 

The author shows that you can really sleep eight hours a week, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons and write a novel. And you can do it at zero costs of other personal and professional obligations. Instead of letting the daily grind replace the essential things, you start by making sure you have the time for them. And they focus on what they do best. Above all, the key is to start with a blank slate and fill your 168 hours with only the things that deserve your time. 


To sum up, by getting deeper into the time management books we presented, you can improve much more than managing your time. Firstly, you will learn to focus on the things of value and importance to you. Secondly, you will be able to deny the things that don’t bring you closer to your goals. And we are sure that the these 12 time management books will help you with that. 💪🏻

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