This guide contains top 10 productivity blogs that you should follow in 2021 and learn the basics of productivity in record time.
Some of them I've read for almost 15 years.
The best part?
All the blogs here belong to bestselling authors who write and share generously and long-standing companies that make a handsome profit with their valuable productivity tools and content.
So, you don't need to worry about reading out of date stuff here.
Let's get started.
Leo Babauta's zen habits had great influence on my Fearless Productivity journey.
He never says things are easy but that with mindfulness and courage, you can learn and do anything.
Beginning in 2007, the blog was one of the first few covering productivity. Leo was the first to teach me the idea that you should do the most important tasks (MITs) first thing in the morning.
Zen of Doing is another practice of a life time that zen habits has taught me. When you can focus on just doing, chaos melts away and away go the worries, anxieties, jealousies and anger, grieving and distraction. That is the beauty of just doing.
James Clear is a bestselling author of Atomic Habits, with more than four million copies sold.
His productivity guide ranks 2nd on Google.
His biggest contribution to my productivity journey is the Ivy Lee Method, which is a daily routine for achieving peak performance. It suggests five steps:
- At the end of each work day, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
- Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
- When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
- Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
- Repeat this process every working day.
James' two other productivity strategies that you'll love are (1) how to use the Eisenhower Box to stop wasting time on nonessential activities, and (2) Warren Buffet's "2 Lists" strategy to maximize your focus and master your priorities.
Mark Manson is the author of the bestselling book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. He is philosophical and always challenges conventional thinking including his own.
The biggest lesson I've learned from him is this. You are more productive by working less, not more.
He argues that productivity is more about what you don’t do than what you do. Focused effort on your most important tasks and the right balance between work and rest outweigh long hours of work.
By working less, he could grow his blog to millions of readers worldwide and came up with the idea that got him to write his bestselling book.
Note though: His articles are not for skimmers. They are long and require effortful reading to understand.
I got to know Nir Eyal, the man behind the blog, from his book, Indistractable.
His argument that we should control our behavior instead of blaming social media and our devices hit home for me. For quite some time, I had thought about going on digital detox but his advice about addiction made me rethink it and let me strike a good balance.
"Today’s panic over technology addiction is the latest example of fear and misconceptions leading us astray. Let’s stop feeding into the moral panic around technology companies “hijacking” our brains. We need to understand what addiction really is. As the decades-old “war on drugs” has demonstrated, you can’t win a war when you don’t understand the enemy."
You will love him if you're into psychology.
Steve is the oldest blogger, starting to blog as far back as 2004.
An interesting thing I've learned from his blog to improve productivity was what he called "cross-pollination." With that, he suggests that you try a new activity that is not relevant to your work to improve your performance in another.
That concept is similar to that I learned in the psychology of learning - interleaving, which suggests that you should mix multiple topics while you study in order to improve your learning.
Lifehack started in 2005. Today, it has had millions of readers and several contributors. Chances are that you are already their reader.
It is a go-to productivity magazine for me. Most of their articles cover productivity tips and tricks and are easy and quick to read.
Their best productivity-related article I found is this: The Ultimate Guide to Increase Mental Focus and Stay Sharp.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree
This is the blog of Eric Barker the author of a Wall Street Journals bestseller, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong. He publishes only an article or two a month.
An interesting thing I have learned was from his recent article, 6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day. "Systems beats goals… To succeed in the long haul, you want "process goals" not "outcome goals.""
Make Use Of
As the name suggests, Make Use Of is about making use of productivity tools that save you time and increase your work efficiency.
Their articles and tutorials will help you get organized using work-related software such as Microsoft Office and Google Docs.
Marie Forleo is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Everything Is Figureoutable.
Marie's blog uses a video format and focuses on business growth and self-improvement but her productivity articles are amazing too.
Her video 5 Science-Backed Ways to Beat Burnout and Increase Productivity is especially interesting with the R.E.S.E.T acronym.
doist's ambition & balance (a&b)
a&b is the blog of the Doist Inc., which created todoist. It is a fantastic task management apps that I use every day.
Their blog contains valuable productivity guides and articles.
My recommended page on the blog is their central hub of the world's best productivity methods.
There you can take the quiz to find out which method is right for you. You can also sort out the methods by different categories such as focus, time management, task management and prioritization.
Now over to you:
Which of the top 10 productivity blogs is your favorite? Why?
Or did I miss a great one you like?
Leave a comment below.