Productivity tools can be divided into two camps – those that work for you and those that don’t work for you. Wasting your time and energy searching and trying various apps is frustrating and unproductive.
- 42goals: It tracks your daily goals and keeps a log of your daily activities.
- Daytum: It helps you collect, categorize and communicate any and all of your data.
- Low-tech tools: Use classic low-tech items like a lined legal pad and/or a label maker.
- Toodledo: Let’s you make custom lists, create structured outlines and view tasks on a calendar.
- Habit List: A habit forming app that lets you schedule and calendar your tasks and activities.
- Low-tech tools: Label makers, file folders, filing cabinets, drawer organizers, pen holders and other office organization tools.
- [email protected]: A neuro-science based music service that helps you focus and retain information when working, studying, writing or reading.
- stickK: A habit forming tool that focuses on incentives, accountability and community. And, if you’re unsuccessful, stickK lets your friends know.
- Low-tech tools: Colored markers, colorful file folders, luxurious feeling notebooks and pads and multi-colored post-it notes.
- Lifetick: A highly visual dream achievement tool where you can create and add to your dream ‘bucket-list’.
- iThoughtsHD: A digital mind-mapping tool. Imagine a virtual, unlimited white board for your ideas, to-dos and inspirations.
- Visually vibrant, low tech tools: Multi-colored post it notes, clear file folders, notebooks with unlined pages, pens in a variety of colors, white boards, and baskets, bags and clipboards to keep papers visual while still organized.
The Best Productivity Tools For You
The effectiveness of a productivity tool depends on whether or not it aligns with your Productivity Style. A linear, lined list works well for a Prioritizer. However, it would not work for an Arranger who prefers less structure and more color. A colorful, mind-map of ideas and tasks works well for a Visualizer. However, the lack of structure and organization make a mind-map an impractical tool for a Planner.
There is no one-size-fits- all productivity best tool. Which it is why it is essential to build a personalized productivity toolbox of tools that work for you.
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Carson serves as a consultant to executives at Fortune 500 companies. The author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style, her views have been included in Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, Forbes, Harvard Business Review blog, and The New York Times.