Better, Faster, Smarter


The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg

If your efforts to achieve your goals leave you frustrated, resistant, or overwhelmed, believe it or not, you can learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and learn to be more productive without sacrificing what you care about most.

In his bestselling The Power Of Habit, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. Now he applies his investigative skills and storytelling abilities to explain how we can get better at doing what we do. Hint: it’s not about working longer hours or making bigger sacrifices. It’s about the choices we make, and how we make them. Duhigg interviewed neurologists, businesspeople, government leaders, and psychologists; he talked to filmmakers at Disney and scientists at Google, FBI agents, poker players, and pilots, and discovered eight key concepts that fuel productivity. To work smarter, faster and better, you need to learn how to: develop a “bias toward action,” set ambitious and SMART goals, motivate yourself through the “why?” question, reframe problems, notice hidden opportunities, open your mind to new, creative connections, and interact with data in different ways. In the final chapter he applies the lessons to his own life, from the drudgery of responding to emails, to the complicated task of researching and writing this book. I highly recommend it to managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to learn how to live a productive life, or run a successful business, with ease.

-Reviewed by Diane Holcomb, East West Bookshop

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