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Self Help books that dovetail with 'Getting Things Done'

A Listmania! list by Cheese Steak Jimmy
The list author says: "Here's a list of self-help books --or pop social-sciences books-- that segue nicely with David Allen's influential GTD system. This isn't meant to be exhaustive, but was rather created by me so I could procrastinate from doing my real work (I still have kinks to work out in terms of my organizational management...)"
How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less
1.  How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less by Cal Newport
The list author says:
  "Cal Newport is something of an internet guru, his website carrying an obscene feast of free advice, written by a man who has himself excelled academically. His website offers a modified GTD system for students, but this book is where the real meat and potatoes are..."
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How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)
2.  How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out) by Cal Newport
The list author says:
  "A book I wish I had read during High School..."
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Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
3.  Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath
The list author says:
  "One of the studies mentioned in this book indirectly provides evidence for David Allen's next action mantra..."
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Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
4.  Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
The list author says:
  "A wonderful book written by a biologist looking at the neurological rules that govern our behavior"
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Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
5.  Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman
The list author says:
  "Sway looks at the irrationality of human behaviour, but bridges the gap between social psychology and business. Quite similar to The Decisive Moment below."
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The Decisive Moment
6.  The Decisive Moment by Jonah Lehrer
The list author says:
  "Covers similar ground to Sway, but from a neuroscientists perspective; again, good for understanding how neurology shapes our behavior..."
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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
7.  Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler
The list author says:
  "Not really a self book per se, but more a political maniifesto. Thaler and Sunstein discuss all the various quirks and human foibles that shape our behavior from a behavioral-economics perspective..."
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Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
8.  Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoffrey Colvin
The list author says:
  "Great for people interested in looking at what makes great performers excel more than other people; a good companion piece to Outliers, but with a less journalistic, more research-based style."
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Outliers: The Story of Success
9.  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "Gladwell's mandate is more to tell a gripping non-fiction yarn than write a self-help tome, but this is a very good book that has some very interesting anecdotes on education in inner-city areas. Whether you agree with all his conclusions or not, the man can write, and his opening gambit involving the dates of birth of professional hockey players is worth the price of the book alone."
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The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong
10.  The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong by David Shenk
The list author says:
  "A good book let down by the fact that half of the book is the author's notes and references. Still, at least he backs up his arguments; check out the Amazon reviews to see some heated debate about his research..."
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I Will Teach You To Be Rich
11.  I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
The list author says:
  "Ignore the snake-oil salesman cover; a great book with loads of hands on, action specific suggestions for getting your finances in order. Sethi's book fits in with both Switch and Nudge (mentioned above), in that it tries to help the reader create a system that 'nudges' them to be better with their money."
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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
12.  The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
The list author says:
  "In a move that mirrors David Allen encouraging us to clear the psychic junk from our heads, Gawande makes a startling case for the 'checklist' as a revolutionary measure..."
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59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute
13.  59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute by Richard Wiseman
The list author says:
  "A bit scattershot, but this is a psychology professor's attempt to scientifically evaluate self help materials."
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Help!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done
14.  Help!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done by Oliver Burkeman
The list author says:
  "A book-length version of a British journalist's rather sardonic attempts to use self-help to better his life. A bit sneery in places, but a little bit of skepticism can be a good thing, and this is also quite amusing..."
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