9 awesome time management books for working moms

As a busy working mom, I’m always looking for tips and ideas for awesome time management books to increase my productivity and well being.

I love to read, and read (more than) my fair share of beach read, fluffy fiction. I have an equal love of non-fiction in the business, productivity, and time management realm. The case studies and stories of people’s lives are so fascinating! I love to learn from both the official practical tips, formal studies and life stories shared.

Reading these productivity and time management books will give you awesome tips and ideas for work and in life. Great for busy moms, teachers, kids, students, corporate employees, and more! #timemgmt #reading #books #readinglist #workingmom

As a busy working mom, I'm always looking for tips and ideas for awesome time management books to increase my productivity and well being. #workingmom #reading #readinglist #books #timemgmt

9 Time Management Books for Working Moms

These nine books from experts on time management and productivity are favorites that I reference often. There’s a great balance of quick reads (because we are busy moms!) with practical tips, more in-depth research studies and commentaries, and food for thought.


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1. Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

Tell Your Time is short, but backs a serious punch. Amy’s no-nonsense, straightforward manner is fantastic. A practical, quick-to-implement read at $2.99, this is my number one pick if you had to choose from this list. If you’re short on time to dedicate to reading and want a simple, practical, actionable steps, start here!

2. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog “provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more.”

3. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

“Working hard is important. But more effort does not necessarily yield more results. ‘Less but better’ does.” <– This.

4. 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine

Paine was one of the first bloggers I followed consistently, and her growth as a blogger, business owner and person has greatly inspired me over the last eight years. 21 Days is a straightforward workbook to help focus, prioritize and gain discipline.

5. Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte

My favorite parts about Overwhelmed are the number of research studies and thorough approach. Schulte’s background as a journalist shines in the best of ways.

6. Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

The endless energy that Turner has to fit so.many.things into her fringe hours is impressive. I admit to feeling daunted by just how much she fits in her days. At the same time, she talks about how much she truly enjoys all that she does. The concept of fringe hours, and fitting important, soul-filling activities into pockets of time is fantastic. Reading this book inspired me to be more intentional about using small pockets of time for intentional reading (love my Kindle app!) rather than mindless Facebook or web surfing.

7. Getting Things Done by Brian Allen

The GTD methodology has a near cult-like following. While I’ve incorporated many of the ideas from GTD, I have never been successful at implementing the full process. My “GTD Lite” process has served me well without overcomplicating.

8. I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam

I love, love, love Vanderkam’s no-nonsense approach that of course working moms have enough time to do it all – as long as we prioritize what “all” is to us.

Vanderkam’s other books, Off The Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done and  168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think are also awesome reads.

9. Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson

Margin was on a book list for one of my college classes. I’m sure I read the required excerpt, but it was only a year or two ago that I made it through the entire book. This one is more academic than some of the others (read: not a quick read, but worth it to go in-depth).

Adding any one of these nine time management books for working moms to your reading list will give you awesome tips, ideas and thoughts to better manage your time and thrive at home, work and play.

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6 thoughts on “9 awesome time management books for working moms”

  1. Great list mainly because I haven’t read (or heard of) 6 of them. 😉 Margin has always been my go-to book on this topic. My library has 4 of these 6 and 3 of them are in digital format. After the #write31days is over, I am going to read I Know How She Does It first.

  2. Larissa Traquair

    I have heard great things about “Eat That Frog” yet I have not read it myself!!! Thanks for this list and for your posts – loving them. Since you are so analytical have you read about the concept where we only have so much will power each day and how there are ways to cut out will-powering sucking activities to help us get the important stuff done? I can’t remember the author who was referenced the first time I heard of this concept but I know that Gretchen R. wrote a book called “Better Than Before” and she has a chapter on this concept. Curious about your thoughts!!!!

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