This is your best productivity resources to help you be and stay productive every day.
You will learn all important foundations for personal producitivity.
So, let’s get started.
Chapter 1: Beating Procrastination
This chapter is about productivity resources to help you beat procrastination.
From what it is to how to stop it once and for all, you have it all here.
How about procrastinating productively? You got it too.
This article explains the causes of procrastination.
Those include having abstract goals, rewards that are too far in the future, being too optimistic, anxiety, perfectionism, and task aversion.
James Clear describes procrastination as a habit. He uses science to explain it and help you kick this bad habit.
This guide gives you a 3-step method to stop procrastination. Each step is detailed and actionable.
I don’t agree with most of the reasons. But if you can procrastinate intentionally on low-value tasks, you have a better chance of tapping into your creativity.
Procrastination is creative, effective, and useful if you procrastinate on low-value tasks.
Chapter 2: Productivity Tips & Hacks
This chapter is all about the best tips and hacks to be productive.
Go through these resources and jot down the tips and hacks.
If you do, you will get lots of values.
Let’s get started.
This guide contains productivity definitions, strategies, and ideas – lots of resources to learn from.
You’ll also get actionable tips from James Clear the author of the bestselling book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.
You can increase productivity and become highly efficient with the 18 habits in this guide.
These are simple tips to be productive.
These 20 tips are very actionable. You can simply follow some of them and find yourself more productive almost immediately.
Like it reads, the post provides unique productivity tips like reading faster, chewing gum, and priming yourself with productive self-talks!
One of the little known tips is to use a standing desk!
Turn off your monitor while writing! Weird.
Starting is the hardest part.
“If you don’t want to do something, make a deal with yourself to do at least five minutes of it. After five minutes, you’ll end up doing the whole thing.”
And if you have multiple clients to serve, here's a good one to check out.
It is not easy to manage multiple clients. You will have less control than you think you do and have to multitask with different tools reruirements to perform tasks. This piece contains useful tips to help you get and stay focused while juggling the balls.
Chapter 3: Productivity Books (2020)
In this chapter, you will find all my favorite productivity books.
Reading these books are eye opening for me.
Let's check them out.
GTD is the most popular book in the world on the topic of productivity. It lays out a productivity system that allows you to get everything off your head so that you can use your brain for creativity, not for storing your tasks.
The ONE Thing gives you a very simple approach to narrowing your concentration to one thing. The approach helps you have less clutter, distractions, and, stress. What you get is more focus, energy.
The book is about working deeply, in a state of high concentration without distractions on a single task. You’ll improve your ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.
The book is about identifying our highest level of contributions and then execute those things effortlessly.
Want to break bad habits and adopt good ones? The book teaches us the four steps for that and shows you how small everyday routines add up to big change over time.
Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Indistractable is about understanding the real reasons why we do things that go against our best interests.
The book advocates getting up at 5 AM every morning for self-improvement within and success without.
If distractions are a big problem for you, you should give this book a try. It is about understanding the real reasons why we do things against our best interests.
Chapter 4: Productivity Resources for Deep Focus
This chapter is about great resources on how to find and improve focus.
Without it, you can hardly achieve anything great in life.
Let’s dive in.
I can’t be focused. Why? How to get (and stay) focused.
This is a complete guide you can find about focus. It also provides links to lots of resources on the topic. A must-read.
This is a fantastic insight from Leo of Zen Habits. I love the simplicity of his techniques.
All you need to know about focus from James Clear the author of Atomic Habits. Learn from his actionable mind hacks.
Want to learn how to assess your mental focus? Check out this guide.
Focus is a muscle. Sleep well if you want to get and stay focused. This article cites several research studies.
Chapter 5: Best Productivity Apps in 2020
“The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” ~Confucius
This chapter is all about the resources for productivity apps.
Want to know what’s the best apps for task management, calendar, notetaking, time management, focus...?
Check out these resources.
I use these 13 apps every day myself. The list is especially for freelancers and professional consultants like myself but other professions can also benefit from them.
This post contains great apps and compares different apps too. Except for the Gmail recommendation for an email app, the rest is great.
Quick lists of apps you can choose from, for different areas of productivity.
These 12 apps are great for both personal use and teamwork.
As the title suggests, this guide gives you a long list of productivity apps that you should use to get more done.
Chapter 6: Learn Effective Time Mnagement
Time management is very important for productivity and often the most difficult areas for most of us busy professionals.
This chapter is about time management advice that you can use to take back control of your time.
If you don’t know about the Pomodoro Technique, go ahead and read this guide. Apply the technique. It could change your life.
This guide is from my Fearless Trainer at Zen Habits. He advises you to make a list and do your most important tasks, one at a time. Instead of pushing away distractions, procrastination, and difficulties, you can work instead with them.
I’m not sure about the play-more part, but the tips could really help to manage time more effectively.
This technique brings clarity to your day. It can help you focus and not get distracted when you know what you want to achieve.
Great tips to take time management to the next level. I love how he puts it about doing less: “Doing less doesn’t mean “less is more.” It means less is better.”
Chapter 7: Master Task Management
This chapter is about resources you will ever need to get things done.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
They really are powerful ways to get things done. You can use them in combination too.
You will find the examples useful and help you implement the advice in the guide.
Instead of creating a to-do list, create a done list. Or we can use both. The done list will be to celebrate and keep us going.
Leo, my Fearless Trainer, advise that you can wake up and just do what you’re passionate about every day without having to set a goal. Why? Goal setting rarely works. Something to explore.
6-box to-do list and ABC 123 prioritized planning are really interesting.
Chapter 8: Stress Management
Productivity requires commitment and persistence. It could be stressful.
This chapter is about stress management resources you can use.
Alright, let’s get started.
Everything you need to know about stress and stress management here.
Similar to the previous guide but there’s also information presented differently to see stress management from a different angle. The good thing is that it has a list of references you can dig deeper if you want.
Listening to music, talking to a friend, eat healthy, drinking tea, being mindful… these are really ways to cope with stress.
This guide explains the concept of stress management and provides useful tips along with it.
Too stressed out and need constant motivation and tips? Check out these 5 best blogs you can follow today.
Chapter 9: Productivity Resources for Effective Email Management
This chapter is a list of productivity resources you can use to help you manage email more effectively.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
Although the post came in 2018, the tips are evergreen. You can apply them now. I love how it recommends not to organize emails. If you use a good email client, it should come with a ready-made system for email management.
Email is a perfect distraction and you should use it less.
I’m not sure if I want to manage my email like a ninja but I love the idea of not using emails as a to-do list.
A bit old school but I love the data it presents about the time wasted managing emails.
This guide, mine, gives you all you need to know about email productivity from adopting the right email mindset to writing emails that people read.
Chapter 10: Productivity Quotes to Inspire You to Get Things Done
Inspiration gets us started. Productivity quotes could motivate us to get things done.
This chapter is a collection of great resources about productivity quotes in all sorts of situations.
So, let’s get started.
This is a good collection of productivity quotes. Although they are not grouped, it’s worth going through each of them.
The GIF images make the quotes very inviting to read. The comment on each of the quotes is also helpful.
Imagine... if you can put them into use! 190 is a long list but don’t worry. I group them to make it so easy for you to read. If you’re interested in time management, you can just go to the chapter and enjoy the quotes there.
79 more here. Some of them are not available anywhere else. “Create with the heart; build with the mind.” ~ Criss Jami
Now this... Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. ~ Oprah Winfrey
“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” ~ Peter Drucker
Chapter 11: How to Improve Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance is the other end of the two ends of productivity, with the other being to achieve what was never done before.
In this chapter, you can find great resources to help you achieve work-life balance.
Now, let’s dive in.
Let go of perfection. Unplug. Exercise. Meditate. Limit time-wasting activities and people. Change your routines and habits. Start small.
Similarly, learn to accept there is no “perfect” work-life balance. Do the job you love. Take vacation. Make time for your loved ones.
Now, this really is a great guide for companies that want to encourage a healthy work-life balance for their employees.
Not for scanners but worth the read. Sometimes, you just have to give up on work-life balance entirely, thinking of it as a season.
Tip #4: Simplify your life. Basically, do less.
This is a little-known guide I bumped into by chance while I was reaching out to bloggers about this post. Simplifying life that Evelyn suggests is so necessary to strike a good work-life balance.
Working from home has been a new normal these days, especially for knowledge workers. This article provides good insights about home office ergonomics that you may need to know.
Chapter 12: Automate Your Work and Life
They say if you want to be productive, automate your work and life where you can.
So this chapter is about how the handy resources you can use to do just that.
Let’s get started.
Zapier is one of the best automation tools these days. This guide is perfect if you do not know when to automate.
Read this but know that there are hundreds of other tasks you can automate if you master automation tools like Zapier, IFTTT, and Airtable.
You can automate proofreading in real-time, using Grammarly and the Hemingway App.
Now, let me ask you, how do you store your passwords? You don’t have to remember your passwords. My recommendation would be Dashlane. Been using it for more than two years now and it works like a charm.
This guide is great to identify what to automate.
Chapter 13: Delegate Like a Leader
Good managers know how to do their work more effectively. Great managers know how to delegate.
This chapter is about resources to help you delegate properly.
Let's dive in.
This guide discusses most angles of delegation: from what it is to how it could help your employees grow if you do it properly.
But what not to delegate? Read this post.
This article explains why it’s important to delegate work and how to do it effectively.
Great advice. Delegate the entire job. Make the outcomes clear.
Similarly, this guide explains good reasons why delegation is so difficult. A great tip I found in there is this: Include your team in the process.
Chapter 14: Social Media & Productivity
This chapter provides you with all the resources you need to make social media work for you, and not against you.
You also find articles about the effect it has on our career.
Now, let’s begin.
To be clear, you don’t have to push social media away completely from your life. But if it gets a point you can’t live a normal life because of it and need to do a social media detox, this post is for you.
Another good article if you have to do social media detox.
If you can’t stop the use of social media at work, check out this guide.
Learn the danger of addiction to social media. A lot of people get addicted without knowing they do.
And finally, how can you use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to work for you and your career? Check out this article.
Chapter 15: Smartphone Productivity
Smartphones have become more and more integral to our work and life. We carry them around everywhere, in fact even when we visit the toilet.
They can work for you, or against you.
This chapter is about how to set it up to boost your productivity.
First off, these are my personal configurations and apps that I use to tame my iPhone to work for me.
I love this one: Be mindful of empty time. Although I believe we don’t have to be productive all the time, being mindful allows us to decide out of our best interests.
Don’t know what to do what your empty time? This guide could be helpful.
I think you might want to try the idea of the home screen widgets in this guide.
Finally, this is a must-read, step-by-step guide on how you set up your iPhone to work for you. The images and reasons behind each configuration are very useful.
Chapter 16: Mindfulness and Meditation
This chapter the last and you will find amazing resources for mindfulness and mediation to take your productivity journey to the next level.
Without this, your productivity journey could be very bumpy. You could even experience burnout.
I want you to remember this. That’s why I place this chapter to the end of this guide.
Now, let’s dive in.
Now, this really is such a resourceful guide to mindfulness. I was surprised by the free information they share there. The definition, the basics, the actual practices (from walking, breathing, meditating, and sleeping) are all there for you, free.
Next, this is a guide those who are new to mindfulness and meditation. You’ll find everything you need to know to get started.
It's short, to the point. Listing three things you can detect with their senses is a great tip.
Looking for an actual meditation practice? Try this 10-minute mindfulness meditation from Calm.
Learn from my own experience when I resumed meditation after dropping it for some ten years.
If you want to bring mindfulness to your workplace, this article is for you.
Finally, this guide gives you 10 simple, actionable ways to practice mindfulness at work.
Over to You
I hope this guide helps you learn productivity, fast.
Now I’d like to turn it over to you:
What was your favorite resource from this guide?
Or maybe you have an excellent piece of content that you think I should add.
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.