Curated Reads by the National Library, Singapore

According to SPRING Singapore, productivity is a measure of the effectiveness and efficiency of an organisation in generating output with the resources available. As a result, raising workplace productivity will not only increase and improve the utilisation of an organisation's resources, but also enhance its long-term competitiveness and profitability. However, many considerations are needed before a high level of productivity can be instilled in the workplace. These include better working relations among workers, higher investment in capital and optimal use of capital. Here are some resources to help you make the first step.



Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
Call no.: 158 DUH

This is a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today's world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.


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. . . productivity isn't about working more or sweating harder. It's not simply a product of spending longer hours at your desk or making bigger sacrifices. Rather, productivity is about making certain choices in certain ways. The way we choose to see ourselves and frame daily decisions; the stories we tell ourselves, and the easy goals we ignore; the sense of community we build among teammates; the creative cultures we establish as leaders: These are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.


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 behavioural economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals FBI agents, pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this book unveils insights into the habits of the most productive people, companies and organisations.


Grab this ebook now or visit our public libraries to borrow a physical copy.

Book cover image credit: All rights reserved. Random House, [2016].




Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
Call no.: 370.1523 BRO

To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Many believe that good teaching should be tailored to the different learning styles of individuals in order to make learning easier. This book questions that and other common ideas about what makes successful learning and suggests strategies for us to become more productive learners.

Visit our public libraries to borrow a physical copy.

Book cover image credit: All rights reserved. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014].


Improving Productivity in Singapore

[P]roductivity requires change in mindsets not just in businesses, and workers, but also mindsets of customers who have to be prepared to accept new business models…

Read the speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the need to increase productivity in Singapore.



The Science of Productivity

Have 3 minutes to spare? Watch this AsapScience YouTube video to learn about the science of productivity. Find out why worrying about having “more willpower” is a fool’s game; how world-class experts stay productive; how to better manage your time/energy; and pitfalls that lead to busywork and procrastination.