Okay here’s what’s going to happen
You’re going to see all of these tools and immediately want to read about all of 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Ignore the outdated sexism.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 that one thing. If you find it, go for it! If not, you can always come back to this later when 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’t exhaustively readthis list.
But it could decrease for today if you spend time looking at stuff that’s irrelevant 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.