Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Productivity Tool?

There is no question that the tools you use can help you increase your productivity. Using the right tools can help you accomplish more in less time.

In my case, I use many tools that fill different roles. But, if I had to choose only one of them as my favorite, I would choose Microsoft OneNote.

OneNote is not a new tool for me. I had used the Windows version in the past. Since I moved to the Mac in 2010, however, I no longer used it. Why? Because OneNote wasn’t available on the Mac.

A few months ago, Microsoft finally released OneNote for Mac. That alone was good news for me. But there’s more: OneNote is now free! You no longer have to buy it as a part of Microsoft Office.

I have used it since then and I love it. I use it to store my to-do lists and a lot of my ideas.

My favorite feature in OneNote is outlining. It allows me to write things in a nested way and then collapse or expand them. That way I can choose to see either the details or the big picture. For example, let’s say that I have some ideas for a project I’m doing. I can write those ideas under the project name to add details to that project. But then I can hide them to easily see all the projects I have.

So that’s the case with me. But of course, everyone has their own favorite tool. So here is my question to you:

What is your favorite productivity tool and why?

Please leave your answer in the comments. Even if you don’t plan to leave an answer, I hope you will still stop by and vote for your favorite answer.


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  1. I must say that Paper and Pen are my favorite tools. I don’t need electricity and I can always have them with me. Plus they give a good example for my daughter…. 🙂

  2. I prefer pen and paper, but have to admit that some of those electronic tools are very handy. With pen and paper I love the Franklin Covey way of work. I still use paper planning pages which I create myself and changed them a little bit to fit my needs.
    Electronically I love “Remember the Milk”, although I’ve found some bugs in functions I would love to use. And I use Evernote, mostly for, of course, notes 🙂 and documentation.
    I wish there was a tool like Remember the Milk that also adopts Franklin Covey’s way of work.

  3. I use pen and paper – often resorting to a sticky note but mainly notebooks. I have though being experimenting with One Note on my new Windows phone which is very impressive.

  4. Meditation + Pen & Paper 😀

  5. I prefer to draw a mind map with different coloured pens on paper because it is easier to read and I won’t miss out anything compared to writing a list. Mindmeister is a fantastic tool to do that if I don’t have paper and pen with me.

  6. Thanks for participating, everyone! Looks like pen and paper are popular here.

  7. Pen and paper at home. Whiteboard and marker at work.

  8. I love TextExpander. It allows you to enter a short code (for my website, I type “;myURL” and then, kaboom, my URL: appears, as if by magic.) Saves me buckets of time every day!

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