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You know what it takes to become productive. But do you have everything you need? The productivity industry is huge, and it can be overwhelming to get started if you feel like you’re not prepared.
To keep your energy levels high and decision-making fatigue low, we’ve compiled a list of the top tools you need to get super productive.
Click here for a PDF checklist to keep track of the staple items you still need to get! (COMING SOON)
Productivity Tool #1: Alarm Clock
The multi-purpose smartphone is a wonderful thing, but not for getting you up and out of bed each morning. Think of your phone as a person you date – you only see it at scheduled times, and make the most of these times when you do. You’re on your best behaviour, and when you’re away you do your best not to be clingy.Think of your phone as a person you date – you only see it at scheduled times, and make the most of these times when you do. You're on your best behaviour, and when you're away you do your best not to be clingy. Click To Tweet
To start dating your phone and get some proper shut-eye, here’s what we suggest:
- Put your phone on Do Not Disturb at nighttime.
- Set an alarm on the phone for the absolute latest you’re willing to get out of bed.
- Place it in another area of the house. You can even buy it its own bed! Super cute.
- Buy a cute standalone clock for your bedside table.
Now, you’ll be more likely to wake up and start the day on your terms. And if you snooze your bedside alarm, you’ve still got your phone in the other room as backup. Genius!
Productivity Tool #2: Headphones
This is where we get prescriptive and insist that you go for noise-cancelling, over-the-ear headphones. You need to block out every possible distraction while you listen to focus-oriented ambience or motivational podcasts.
Over-the-ear also serves as an indicator to everyone around you that you’re not available. Great way to avoid any awkward attempts at a leave me alone spiel.
In the spirit of lifestyle design, we also recommend you grab a headphone stand to give them a visible, attractive spot on your desk.
Productivity Tool #3: Smart Watch
We know that staying physically healthy is super important for a productive mindset, and that tracking health data provides a clear picture of how you’re travelling. While your phone can do these things, distraction is just too tempting.
Wr recommend researching the various smart watches available, and choosing one that fits your specific tracking needs.
Productivity Tool #4: TeuxDeux
TeuxDeux is Candy’s absolute favourite task management system. Every time she has the app open on her desktop, she’s guaranteed to get asked about it!
It’s intuitive, functional, and a lot easier to use than competing apps.
A simple week-to-view design, and unlimited custom list categories will put you back in control. Not to mention the parachuting cats triggered by completed tasks makes for fun that doesn’t get old!
Candy swears by combining TeuxDeux with her implementation of the GTD system. Click here for a demo video of how she uses TeuxDeux to empower her task management process!
TeuxDeux offers a 30-day free trial, then costs $2-$3 a month, depending on the plan you choose. Definitely worth it for the transformative factor.
Productivity Tool #5: Pomodoro Timer
If your laptop also proves to be quite the distraction, and you don’t want to use a site-blocking apps, invest in a timer just for focusing. Obviously using the clock on your phone or online-stopwatch.com helps too, but if that’s still too tempting, grab a standalone timer.If your laptop also proves to be quite the distraction, and you don't want to use a site-blocking apps, invest in a timer just for focusing. #productivitytips #productivepenguins Click To Tweet
Productivity Tool #6: Desk Lamp
If you want to work past sunset but also help yourself wind down, get a desk lamp! This will focus the light on your work at hand, helping you zone in. Also great if you share a room.
Productivity Tool #7: Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is key.
Productivity Tool #8: USB Mug Warmer
If you’re a massive tea or coffee drinker, you might want to keep your mug warm with one of these quirky coasters. This squashes any chance of you procrasti-brewing.
Productivity Tool #9: Journal/s
If you want to work on focusing your attention, it’s a good idea to clear your mind of unwanted mental scraps that build up over time. Do a bit of a clean sweep with one (or all!) of the following journals, each for different purposes:
- Good Morning, Good Life planner – for a routine ramp-up
- Bullet Journal – customisable, for the printable-friendly creative
- Mel Robbins’s 5 Second Journal – for the procrastinator who needs help remembering their why
- Question a Day – for those short on time who want to make journalling a habit that sticks
- Otto Business and Wellness Planners – for targeting your specific goals
Productivity Tool #10: Resource Books
Books not only fill you up with essential and thought-provoking information, but keep your brain well-exercised and increase your attention stamina.Books not only fill you up with essential and thought-provoking information, but keep your brain well-exercised and increase your attention stamina. #productivitytips #productivepenguins Click To Tweet
If you’re just getting started with productivity, start with these essentials:-
- Getting Things Done – David Allen
- 7 Habits of Highly Effectively People – Stephen R. Covey
- Atomic Habits – James Clear
- Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy
Productivity Tool #11: Desk Calendar
Calendars provide visual reminders you need, especially when you’re just starting out with productive habits you haven’t yet made stick. They often come with inspiring and motivational imagery to keep your mindset in check.
NEXT STEPS FOR SUPER PRODUCTIVITY
- Click here for a PDF checklist to keep track of the staple tools you still need to get to be productive! (COMING SOON)
- Share in the comments below: which of these items do you still need to check off your list? Do you have other tools you think we need to get productive?