6 Productivity Hacks to a Happier Life

I have been thinking about the topic of productivity a lot lately. The more productive you are not only at work, but in your personal life through daily habits, the happier and more successful you can be (more on habit-creating in another post).

With that, I bet you’ve never heard of these top productivity tools.

My Top 6 Productivity Tools:

  1. Trello: Great for organizing and compartmentalizing separate projects into “boards.” Each board allows you to visualize separate to-do lists, create check lists. I’ve found the boards to be very helpful if you are a visual learner and need to switch gears from one project to the next.
  2. Pocket: I frequently go back to Pocket to read and reread articles or reference websites that I meant to read thoroughly but didn’t have the time. In this day-in-age, it’s less about finding an answer to your question and more about filtering out the junk answers, distractions and noise.
  3. Calendly: Calendly is great for reducing the back and forth inbox clutter and hassle of trying to coordinate calendars. Simply set preferred blocks of time, sync your Google Calendar and send over a link that allows anyone to book increments of time for your next conference call, meeting, etc.
  4. RescueTime: Literally track your activities in the background of your device and get a daily dashboard of how you spend your time. If knowledge is power, than the ability to know how and where you spend (or waste) your time is important to improving your productivity, work-life balance and overall happiness. It can even send you alerts when you spend a certain amount of time on an activity.
  5. PomodoroOne: Work in concentrated spurts. By working hard at just one thing for a concentrated period of time, the brain is able to focus completely without outside distractions. Not to mention, you can provide yourself with little rewards throughout the day for completing your goals. I find that I am most productive earlier in the day when it is quieter, but I simply can’t avoid the coming and going of people throughout the afternoon. The pomodoro technique helps to create a cycle whereby you block out the inevitable distractions of a workplace and breakdown large tasks into manageable smaller ones.
  6. Zapier or Alfred: Create workflows for common activities you do each day or automate tasks between web apps by creating “zaps” through Zapier.

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