The Best Productivity Audiobooks You Can Listen to on Your Commute

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If you ever feel like the whole day is passing you by and have yet to accomplish anything, you could probably use some advice. Productivity books are a dime a dozen these days. But what if you are struggling to find the time to read one? Enter the audiobook.

Whether it’s on your commute to work or while you are in the kitchen, listen to an audiobook while doing something else. Get started with these productivity audiobooks today and start feeling more focused and ready to conquer the world. 

1. The 5 AM Miracle

You may have heard of Jeff Sanders – productivity coach, devout vegan, and author of “The 5 AM Miracle.” The book itself is definitely worth checking out, too, but the podcast is perfect listening along with your morning routine, filled with funny anecdotes, interesting insights into healthy habits, and inspirational guests.

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The 5AM Miracle is one of the most popular podcasts on Apple Podcasts, and a great motivator to get a jump-start to your day, every day. The discussions are great, too, and include top productivity gurus like Dr. Deepak Chopra. It’s high-energy and filled with positivity – perfect for those who struggle to start the day productively.

2. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

Penned by productivity guru Kevin Kruse (of the Extreme Productivity podcast), this book is a compilation of interviews Kruse conducted with successful individuals like Lewis Howes, Grant Cardone and James Altucher. Each of these people shares their methods of attaining success through various productivity techniques, so whatever your mindset and methods, you’re likely to find something to help you out here.

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The common thread uniting all these people is the invaluable asset of time, arranging your goals around your top goal, and getting smaller tasks out the way as soon as possible so they don’t interrupt your focus on the bigger things.

3. How to Be a Productivity Ninja

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Author Graham Allcott’s book, “How to Be a Productivity Ninja,” is a great audiobook. No, he won’t train you to be a ninja. However, he will remind you that even in a time of information overload, there are better ways to work. Allcott takes some of the old ninja philosophy and shows how it can directly impact your day-to-day productivity. Using techniques like mindfulness, ruthlessness and a zen-like calm, he shows you how to get your inbox down to zero. Want to say goodbye to procrastination forever? Start training to be a productivity ninja with this audiobook. 

4. Zen to Done: the Ultimate Simple Productivity System

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What happens when you take some of the most popular productivity systems and combine them? Author Leo Babauta and his book, “Zen to Done: the Ultimate Simple Productivity System,” explain exactly what can happen. He takes all of these popular and likely already familiar systems and infuses them with a sense of simplicity. The result is a method to organize your habits into a simple system that gives everything in life a place. Forming simple habits will help each and every person who picks up this book find their way to a world of increased productivity. 

5. The ONE Thing: the Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

If you have been searching for a book that makes productivity boil down to one method, author Gary Keller and Jay Papasan have the audiobook for you. “The ONE Thing: the Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” invites every listener to focus on what matters most in their lives. Keller wants everyone who hears this audiobook to focus on the most important thing.

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Just focus on one thing and put all of your energy into it. Instead of feeling distracted trying to answer emails or attend every meeting, focusing on just one thing that cuts out all the noise. The result is more clarity, more satisfaction and feeling far less overwhelmed at the end of every day. 

6. Atomic Habits: an Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

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With more than one million copies sold, James Clear’s audiobook is all about improving yourself every day. One read of “Atomic Habits: an Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” will help you form better habits for stronger productivity results.

Clear is an expert at breaking down difficult topics into simple behaviors that are easily applied to everyday life. You will read stories of Olympic athletes and business leaders who have applied the science of small habits and increased their productivity many times over. With each new habit you learn to build, you will find yourself with a clearer mind and able to get vastly more done each day. 

7. Free to Focus: a Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less

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Who could say no to learning how to accomplish more by doing less? It sounds like a dream. Michael Hyatt and his audiobook, “Free to Focus: a Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less” can take that dream and make it into a reality. Hyatt has created a productivity system that is far more than just your average to-do list. He helps you learn how to better leverage your time. By doing so, you will learn to achieve maximum productivity and to keep these new habits going forever. The best lesson of this audiobook is that productivity is not just getting more things done in less time but about getting the right things done. That may be the most important productivity lesson of all. 

8. The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

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Having spent a year experimenting on productivity methodology, author Chris Bailey has all the knowledge necessary to offer up some of the best practices. “The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy” reminds us to be more productive, but first we need to slow down and focus. With more than 25 of the best practices to learn, Bailey’s book is full of insights and lessons. When you’ve finished, you’l know that eliminating the unimportant can be incredibly important. Your final lesson is a reminder that procrastination is not the worst thing in the world. 

9. Smart Faster Better: the Transformative Power of Real Productivity 

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Aimed at helping you understand why some people and companies are so good at getting so much done, Charles Duhigg’s audiobook is the perfect listen for many. “Smart Faster Better: the Transformative Power of Real Productivity” takes you through eight different ideas that show you how to maximize productivity. Part self-help book, part productivity listen, the core of the story is to change the way you think. The more informed you are about your opportunities to improve your productivity, the more likely you are to succeed in making changes. Like many productivity audiobooks, Duhigg’s wants you to become smarter, faster and better at everything you can possibly do. 


If you listen to all of these books, one thing is clear: there is no one answer to how to be more productive in life or in business. Instead, there are multiple ways to improve how you go about your work, your life, your relationships, etc. Picking up just one of these audiobooks will help set you on the path to being better.

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