January 31, 2018

Resources & Tools

Effective tools for becoming more productive and getting more important stuff done.

Books

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Rework by the founders of Basecamp (Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson)

Apps

I only recommend apps that I personally road-tested extensively, meaning I they accompany my daily work routine for a minimum of 1 year. Most of the apps don’t withstand this test. Just judging by the numbers of apps listed below already (less than five). Daily applicability and long-term consistency. But when an app fulfils these criteria, I’m more than happy to pay premium. I put my money where my mouth is. I’m subscribed to all the below on their premium plans, simply because the features offered outweigh the price paid by a good length.

All the below (where available) are affiliate links, meaning if you subscribe to a paid plan, I get paid, too.

Why do I not just link to their website, without the affiliate perks?

Here’s the reason: I’ve been testing and working with these apps for a very, very long time. They are (more than) worth their money. I want to support you with becoming strategically productive by using these but I also want to support the developers, who’s work has made my work so much easier, so much more effective. A win-win! I never recommend premium plans when no premium service received.

Remember The Milk (RTM)

My go-to To Do List Manager. I’ve been using RTM for over 5 years now. You have to find the To Do List Manager that fits your needs. Give RTM a go.

Freedom

When you’re having low attention spans like me, Freedom can help. It frees you from the chains of the internet to get the really important work done. Block access to certain sites i.e. Social Media or block internet access altogether. Only way to go back: restart your computer.

Rescue Time

The single most helpful tool, recording how much time you spend on your computer and doing what. Youtube, email, MS Word – all time is recorded, giving you invaluable insight into where you waste time and where you could reallocate it to to become more productive.