Ask the Readers: What Are Your Essential Productivity Tools?

There is no doubt that using the right tools can make you more productive.  The right tools can help you do the right things faster. It can save you both time and energy.

In my case, I change my productivity tools only occasionally; I often stick with a tool that works for me for years. But it’s useful to know what other people are using. It can help us find new tools that can boost our productivity.

So here is my question to you:

What are your essential productivity tools and why?

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

P.S. If you haven’t done so, you can still fill out the annual survey.


  1. My essential productivity tools are: cultivating a positive mind set – Reading inspiring quotes from many sources: my bible, famous people and ones I have created myself. I memorize these quotes and say them like a mantra. Here are some I use: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phillipians Bible) Do what I (we)can with what I (we)have with where I am(we are) ( T. Roosevelt) I am healthy, I am prosperous, I am a humble servant. (my own san kalpa when I meditate). These quotes are so important because my mind, if left to its own devices can work against me. I believe we become what we think and our actions manifest from the thoughts we have. So I fill my mind with positive ones. Another tool is to begin! As Marcus Aurelius said: to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this and thou shalt have finished. I cultivate this habit because I am self-employed and procrastination can happen. The hardest thing is to just start 🙂 The third is to move: I work at home and on the computer and in my studio. In order to be productive I must move physically even if it is at the minimum a 20 minute walk a day. Thank you for the opportunity to share my productivity tools with you all.

  2. My morning ritual usually involve mainly my thoughts. What I think very early in the morning when I wake up setts the trend for the rest of the day. That is my THOUGHTS! I mean power thoughts.

    When you have messed up thinking you definitely have messed up day – life!

  3. I agree with the aforementioned comments…a positive mindset is key, and I obtain that by praying, reading devotionals and my Bible. If God is for us, who can be against us. Music plays a big factor in my day also….positive and encouraging K-LOVE!

  4. My most productive tool is the notepad on my phone. It seems the older and busier I get the more I forget the snippets of my days. There are times I jot my thoughts, pieces of conversations, quotes that resonate, or a gazillion different reminder lists. The lists… ranging from shopping lists, bill paying, or places of interest… be they in cyberspace or a local restaurant or Park I want to check out as well as book titles, and the like.

  5. google calendar
    paper planning book
    Meditation app
    Google Drive- I like to store notes and documents by categorized folders for ready access
    File folder container with room for up to 12 folders and folders for organizing paper.
    Teamup app for managing the calendars of multiple people.

  6. Thanks for sharing, everyone!

  7. Google Calendar & Todoist

  8. Sticky Notes, remind you again and again for complete the task 🙂

  9. I’m using Todoist as to-do list app, Trello as a project management app, Slack as a collaboration tool, Hootsuite for social media management, Pocket for save all great articles for later reading, LastPass as a password manager, and the list can continue…

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