You only have one life to live (as far as you can tell) and want to make the most of it. Here are our FAVOURITE resources for productivity and optimizing your life, which we have tested and found to be most helpful.
Podcasts are so easy to integrate in your daily routine: ie: you can absorb all this helpful information when you're commuting, when you're in the shower, or even when you're jogging.
1- Optimal Living Daily by Justin Malik
Justin Malik reads relevant blog posts, articles, and book passages covering the topics of personal development, productivity, minimalism, growth in less than 10 minutes!
If you end up liking this podcast, also make sure to checkout the "Optimal Finance Daily", "Optimal Health Daily", "Optimal Startup Daily" and "Optimal Living Daily: Relationships" podcasts by Optimal Living Daily.
2- The Tim Ferris Show
Tim Ferriss interviews famous guests and extracts their best productivity tactics. Episodes are usually over an hour long (although you can usually skip the intro) so they're ideal when you're looking to kill some time ie: long haul flights or road trips.
3- Dispatch by Offscreen
Offscreen Dispatch is a brief, once-a-week newsletter that sends you a curated selection of interesting apps, websites, gadgets and office accessories, and thought-provoking reads to inspire you and increase your productivity.
4- No Sidebar
No sidebar takes a minimalist approach on productivity. They provide tips to get rid of the excess and focus on the essentials. They also have a great selection of daily reads from different sources.
5- Make Use of
Here you'll find lots of detailed reviews and lists of top productivity apps. You'll find very specific, practical tips like "Sync Facebook and Google Calendar to Never Forget Birthdays" or "5 New Productive Gmail Apps and Extensions You Should Try"
6- Barking up the Wrong Tree
It is refreshing to see a blog in which every blog post is backed by actual research. Eric, the guy behind the blog bring you "science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life."
The blog has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine and Time Magazine.
7- The Power of Habit
We really enjoyed reading the case studies in this book, they were not only informative but also quite entertaining.
Here's a more detailed review on the book.
8- The Happiness Advantage
The belief that you have to work hard to be successful and therefore happy can be destructive. The Happiness Advantage explains why you have to be happy to be successful and not the other way around and gives you practical tips, based on research, on how to achieve that.
Read a detailed summary here.
9- Streak for Gmail
We cannot recommend this desktop app enough! First of all, most features are free and it seamlessly integrates with gmail. The app has several functionalities, including a functionality called "snippets" which allows you to save templates and pull them up when you're writing emails in just one click! It also has a mail merge and CRM feature.
If you use Gmail it's a no-brainer and if you don't, you should seriously consider using Gmail and all the related google apps!
This app is perfect for managing all your ToDos simply and effectively! It integrates very well with your google calendar and allows you to assign to dos to other people.
Note: If you prefer pen and paper, we recommend trying our Focus Journal as an alternative. Writing things down can help you retain information better and would give you a much needed off-screen break.