Ask the Readers: What Are Your Favorite Productivity Tools?

If you want to get the most out of life, you need to become productive. Productive people can get more valuable things done in less time.

Note that I said valuable. Productivity is not about getting anything done; it’s about getting the right things done. If you can get more of the right things done, then you are productive. If you get a lot of things done, but they are not the right things, then you are not productive. Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean being productive.

Fortunately, there are plenty of tools that can help you become productive. These could be apps on your smartphone, or even just pen and paper.

I’d like to know how you are being productive, so here is my question to you:

What are your favorite productivity tools and why?
(If it’s an app, please mention the name of the app)

Please leave your answer in the comments so that everyone can read it. Thanks!

23 Comments

  1. I love Toggl Timer, Asana, and Inbox by Gmail! Each of them help me keep track of my time and tasks and allow me to review what I have spent my time on in the past. This lets me have an unbiased look at my time and make adjustments to how I work. I gave Inbox by Gmail a try years ago and couldn’t get into it. They made some tweaks to the UI and I am loving it for the last few months. Great alternative to apps that make you pay to do similar tasks!

    • Oh…and how could I forget my two favorites! Lauchbar and aText. Launchbar is a stronger Spotlight search for free. aText is just a text expander so I would highly recommend any text expander. It will change your life if you find yourself typing a lot in your work!

  2. Am very strong and can work hard but still nothing one can write about. Jack of all trade.l still need help to travel abroad with my valid passport. Thanks

  3. Pen and paper but I must admit that I am not as consistent or persistant as I should be

  4. my favorite productivity tools are my ideas, ideas are everything they
    can be tools and production by themselves. even the row material we
    use as a tool like pen are not tools by default, rather we perceived
    as they can be our tools.

  5. Instagram

  6. JUST REGULAR PEN AND PAPER WILL DO FOR ME THANK YOU(SMILE).

    I LOVE TO MAKE A TO-DO LIST, DAILY, MONTHLY, YEARLY AND THEN I DIVIDE THEM INTO 2 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES, SPIRITUAL AND MONETARY GOALS.

    HOWEVER, I DO USE THE CALCULATOR, MEMO, S PLANNER APP. HOPE THAT HELPS

  7. I make a to-do-list everyday with limit 5 tasks per day. I will set task on piority according to their importance and urgent or not. I will tick one by one after I finished it.

  8. i want to productive the new thing with new idea beside and interesting for my country, but i don’t how to start!

  9. Hello sir ,

    How you will define valuable Productivity ? It is a subjective term .

    ” VP ” ( Valuable productivity ) starts from thinking . Thinking is based on the Brain design by God / Nature / genetic. In my opinion , every human being is designed / created with some purpose /for some value . eg : Small ant and elephant activities.. In Human beings also some are with ant and some are with elephant characteristics by nature. we can fine tune only to some extent the basic thinking and then action. eg : Kings and Beggers approach and productivity to add values.
    ]
    I respect your views for further brain storming. Thank you

  10. some apps on my android but mainly pen and paper

  11. Google Keep let’s me jot down ideas, thoughts, plans. I also got paperless with this app with all of my scanned documents and receipts available on the cloud.

  12. Thank you Donald for all ur effort, and in put to help us becoming more productive.

    Face book is my App.
    why, all my business i do it on face book.

  13. I Use Peachtree accounting software for my official job because when one entry is made , the system complete the rest.

  14. Dear Sir:
    My tools of productivity are as follows :
    – well planned outlines & strategies
    – planned phases for the carried out project
    – pen & paper , as well as , tangible products
    – Most importantly are human resources
    – Creating a team to get proper outcome
    Thank you
    Hala

  15. Thanks for the answers, everyone! I enjoy reading them.

  16. Productivity to me means getting high output from your imput. making your life yield better results.

  17. When my health is perfect. Surely this is all I need. The rest are secondly…

  18. Text Expander is a program I use to help with correspondence, client notes and e-mails. It allows me to create snippets that when typed will place a full sentence, phrase or paragraph into my document that corresponds with that snippet.

    I also use check lists for tasks that need to be done correctly every time
    I use To Do lists to stay on track moving forward

  19. My favorite productivity tools is my mom. She doesn’t allow me to waste a single moment of my life. Also whenever she is around i feel like doing my work fast.

  20. The greatest tool i have is money;without it nothing can move,or nothing can be seen.

  21. My productivity tool is being well organized and prepared for whatever circumstances that comes my way. This allows everything to flow smoothly.

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