Smarter Faster Better
The Transformative Power of Real Productivity
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Power of Habit and “master of the life hack” (GQ) explores the fascinating science of productivity and offers real-world takeaways to apply your life, whether you’re chasing peak productivity or simply trying to get back on track.
“Duhigg melds cutting-edge science, deep reporting, and wide-ranging stories to give us a fuller, more human way of thinking about how productivity actually happens.”—Susan Cain, author of Quiet
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity and rich storytelling to how we can improve at the things we do.
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key 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 book reveals that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.
Smarter Faster Better is a story-filled exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help us learn to succeed with less stress and struggle—and become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg (author of 2012’s bestseller The Power of Habit) returns to the fascinating realm of behavioral psychology. This time around, Duhigg delves deep into the science behind internal motivation and examines the power of active thinking, illustrating his thought-provoking ideas with vivid firsthand accounts from airplane cockpits, military bunkers, and corporate boardrooms. This is more than just a crazily addictive read: we finished the book with a slew of cognitive tools to elevate our work-life game.
Journalist Duhigg (The Power of Habit) shares his conversations with productive people in this manual for increasing productivity. From this fieldwork he draws eight commonalities, treated in individual chapters. He places particular emphasis on the importance of individual agency and engagement: according to him, success comes from proactive transformation, as opposed to passive acceptance. The book's major source consists of the interviewees' stories, so it makes sense that the discussion is more narrative than data-driven. Many examples are recent, relevant, and fresh such as the story of creative triumph that was the development of the hit film Frozen. The narrative can feel like one under-analyzed anecdote after another, but Duhigg's accessible prose comes across as appropriate for the subject matter, since it ensures that his points about behaving proactively can be absorbed quickly and easily.
Great book useful ideas shared about using data to your advantage, using ones own experience to influence creativity.
One of the best books I've read
I was raving about this book and reading it aloud to people even before I finished it. The stories are incredibly interesting and each chapter is concise, well written and packed with powerful messages. Highly recommend this book for anybody.
Smarter faster better
Outstanding analyses. Would like to have seen a concluding chapter summarizing the material into an index card of thoughts and applications for team leaders.