15 Productivity Tools to Get Things Done

Productivity Books © Erik Back 2012

I see all these great systems that can enhance my productivity, but which one should I choose? I found this great article on Lifehack: [Why You Should Learn a Productivity System] that explains how important it is to stick one system and learn that system.

In this article Dustin Wax points out how difficult it is to make at choice when there are more than two options. It would be so easy to choose a productivity system if there were only two of them.

While making a brainstorm I realised that I could easily name 5-6 six systems, but how many systems are there?

What system would best serve my purpose? Celestine Chua doesn’t think that you can find one system that fits all your needs [The Best Productivity System There Is]

What characterise productivity tools? E.g. is Appreciative Inquiry considered a productivity system?

Why would I want a productivity system at all?

There are a bunch of questions about productivity systems that I would like to explore further and today I will start a list of productivity tools and philosophies that support productivity systems.

Productivity Tools and Systems

  1. Zen To Done (ZTD) by Leo Babauta – Technique
  2. Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen – Technique
  3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – lessons in personal change
  4. Todoodlist by Nick Cernis – Technique
  5. Open Space Technology (OST) by Harrison Owen – self-organisation
  6. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) by David Cooperrider – organisational development
  7. Productive Points by Jason Clegg – Application to motivate; not really a system
  8. Just In Time (JIT) by Toyota – Technique
  9. Kaizen – Japanese improvement philosophy
  10. Six Sigma by Motorola – a manufacturing process with focus on quality
  11. LEAN by Toyota – production management
  12. Action Learning by Reginald Ewans – learning to increase productivity
  13. Do it Tomorrow by Mark Forster – technique
  14. Autofocus System by Mark forster – technique
  15. Mind Mapping by Tony Buzan – technique for keeping perspective

This list is far from complete, but it’ll have to do for now. Searching the Internet can be quite exhausting and I still have a to-do list to attend to.

Which tool is your favourite to get things done?

Do you know other tools that should be on my list?