Let’s face it – we can all use a little help when it comes to streamlining our lives. But improving productivity problems can be a bit of a paradox. We’re so busy that our lives tend to get clogged up with tasks left undone, half-digested projects and poorly thought out systems, which impairs our productivity. But because of all these obstacles, we’re too busy make the time to uncover all the best tips, ideas and tricks that can help unblock our flow.
Luckily, making life easier for you is my job. And I’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to go for the best tips, tools and resources for improving productivity at home, at work, dealing with technology and more.
This site tends heavily toward computer and technology hacks, but is liberally sprinkled with health, lifestyle and philosophical hacks as well. A good one-stop shop for the geek in your life (or anyone, really, who uses a computer for work or play).
Stepcase Lifehacks (http://www.lifehack.org/)
The ultimate in lifestyle productivity blogs, this site features articles on topics ranging from how to use marketing techniques to get a job to tips for international travelers, and everything in between.
If clutter and housework have you beat and you’re living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome), the Flylady website is the place to go. With daily emails, weekly cleaning zones, proven clutter-busting systems and community support out the wazoo, the Flylady can help you take back your home (and your peace of mind) in no time.
The first step to doing anything is to have a goal. The SuperViva Life List site is an online system for recording your goals, getting ideas and support, and sharing successes with others. Go on, make a list. Then get busy checking things off!
Portable Apps offers a huge list of free applications, from browsers to productivity suites to image editing tools, specifically designed to fit on portable media like a USB stick. These apps enable you can take your programs (and their customized profiles) with you anywhere you go and use them on any computer you choose.
If you are thinking about adding web videos to your marketing efforts (or doing them just for fun), TubeMogul can save you time and increase your productivity. TubeMogul lets you upload your videos to all the major sites at once, then allows you to compile, track and analyze viewing data from those sites, all in one handy site.
The web is full of amazing web 2.0 tools and services, ranging from social networking to language instruction to media storage to business tools. In fact, there are so many sites, it’s impossible to keep track. Go2Web2.0 puts them all in one place – it’s like a virtual mall of online tools, resources and services.
If you’re a professional blogger (or you have a blog as part of your business), this is the site to bookmark for tips, tricks, hints, ideas and information about blogging and the blogging community. The blog’s owner makes six figures as a professional blogger, so you know you’re getting the good stuff.
43 Folders (http://www.43folders.com/)
Another amazing productivity tip site chock full of advice, tips, ideas and insights on streamlining your life. The site has a sub-focus based on the book “Getting Things Done,” by David Allen at softwarekeep.co.uk, with lots of tips for putting those concepts into action in innovative and creative ways.
103 GTD Software Apps (http://www.priacta.com/Articles/Comparison_of_GTD_Software.php)
Speaking of “Getting Things Done,” this listing features data extraction tools and applications (some free, some not) that support people using the GTD system. For all you GTD’ers, this is your ticket to productivity gadget heaven.