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…

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


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