You’re going to see all of these tools and immediately want to read about allof them, figure out which are best for you, and spend more time than you wantclicking and scrolling and downloading today.
“As to methods; there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”
— RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Ignore the outdated sexism. Ralph isn’t a bad guy, I swear.
The point is to focus on what’s important, and NOT the method/tool used to get the result you want.
Here’s how to tackle this list:
Think of ONE thing that’s killing your time right now.
Then, and only then, should you scan this list and look for a solution to thatone thing. If you find it, go for it! If not, you can always come back to this laterwhen you’re in the shower thinking; “Ah, man, there’s this one thing that’s just eating up my day.”
Remember that your productivity is not going to decrease because you didn’texhaustively read this list.
But it could decrease for today if you spend time looking at stuff that’sirrelevant to your projects and try to solve ALL of your problems at once.
It’s a psychological technique called “chunking.” Basically, we just take big things and make them small things.
For example, which of these is easier to remember?
We “chunk” information all the time. It’s the only way we stay sane.
It’s the same for your tasks.
Focus on ONE thing that matters today. Master that. Then move to the next thing.
Don’t try to do everything at once.
“I’m spending too much time emailing.”
Then focus on finding an email consolidator.
“I’m wasting time trying to schedule meetings with my team.”
Then focus on finding a scheduling assistant or automator tool.
24 Productivity Tools:
(Spoiler alert: some of them aren’t apps.)
In no predetermined order.
1. Unroll.me — Email reduction.
Roll all of your subscriptions and promotions into one, digestible email. I don’t know how I’d get by without this.
2. Evernote — All your thoughts, quickly searchable, in one place.
Pay for the premium version and you can search for text in hand-written notes. Great for looking up those whiteboard meetings.
3. Scannable — Scan documents with your iPhone
and upload to Evernote or the cloud, your iCloud account, Google Drive, or to an email address. It’s mostly fast, but make sure the document is on a different colored background.
4. Google Drive — All of your data, available at any time
. . . in the cloud. Great for businesses. My whole life is here.
5. Calm.com — Meditation for newbs.
The optional audio guidance is super helpful.
6. Sleep Time— An alarm clock
that syncs with your sleep cycle. Kinda cool. I’m still skeptical about how well this method of sleep tracking actually works. I use this particular app because it syncs with Argus, another activity app I use.
The real value here is in ‘tags.’ Label each night’s sleep with tags like “Ate late,” “Not my bed,” or “Had caffeine today.” This way you can correlate good nights’ sleep with your behaviors to make better decisions.
7. Trunk Club — Personal stylist, and wardrobe management.
“Men hate to go shopping, but love to look good.” Offer up your dimensions and get paired with someone who can pick out clothes that look good on you. If you don’t like it, send it back. You pay for only what you keep.
7. IfTTT — Web triggers that automate boring tasks.
8. Zapier — Automates like IfTTT, with some different software integrations.
This one is a little more business focused. Love this for transferring files between different Google Drive accounts.
9. Mint — The best, simplest free personal finance tool available.
The whole concept of an app is to conveniently deliver content and services to