Last Updated on 22 May 2011
Personal effectiveness. Time management. Productivity. We’re on the lookout for tools and methods that may grease our personal productivity gears and help us get more done, more efficiently.
In that spirit, the folks at the Idea Sandbox Institute have compiled this list of resources to help you get that grease!
Methods & Systems
- Getting Things Done (GTD) – The book by David Allen launched one of the most embraced organization and productivity systems. While David’s company site is a good resource, you’ll find the interweb chock full of templates, software, and other GTD tools. Click here -> Google Search: “GTD”
- Behance Action Method – Behance is a relatively new to the scene with their methods and collaborative network. Their Action Method offers a simple, yet effective, process for as they put it… Making Ideas Happen.
- Franklin-Covey – One of the founding organization methods. I used this system for years, and even when not using their organizers, I continue follow their process. Check out these resources and tips…
- Transform Your Plans Into Action
- Achieve Your Dreams – one of the things that turned me onto the Franklin systems is the integration of personal/life goals into your system.
Sites, Planners & Tools
- LifeHacker – Shares work-arounds (hacks) to making life more productive. Be sure to check out their GTD and Productivity sections.
- 43Folders – Personal productivity and lifehacks. Named for an organization system based on literally using 43 folders… 12 monthly and 31 daily… as outlined in the book “Getting Things Done”. Their “topic cloud” is a great way to explore their site.
Planners & Tools
- Franklin-Covey – Offers a great selection of paper and software-based organizing tools.
- Hipster PDA – Why be confined to only what you can purchase pre-made? Build your own system with these online templates.
- Planners: Comprehensive List – a comprehensive list of planners found on 43FoldersWiki.
- PocketMod: Free Disposable Personal Organizer – a very clever customizable, pocket-sized, mini-booklet you print -> fold -> and carry.
Here are some books I have in my library. What do you recommend?
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”
by Steven R. Covey
“To Do, Doing, Done”
by G. Lynne Snead and Joyce Wycoff
“Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”
by David Allen
“Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done”
by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, and Charles Burck