Tools Directory

In The Productivity Habits I deliberately tried to avoid dating the book by referring to specific tools, particularly software tools. It makes much more sense for me to maintain this page, updating it my current choice of tools.

I should emphasize that these are the tools that I've chosen for myself. They're a good place for you to start, but they might not work for you. There's a great deal of subjectivity in the way you choose your information tools. In fact, this subjectivity is a problem. I want to add a little bit of method to the process of choosing tools, which you can find in this article.

I'll list the tools I use for each habit. You can read a short review discussing strengths and limitations so you can make an informed decision about what to choose.

Some tools are so important that it it's important to go a little deeper into the techniques of using them. Over time, I'll be updating this page with papers which describe these techniques in detail.

Update 1: I've produced a new white paper which goes deeper into a method for choosing your tools. Read here.

Update 2: One of the most important tools you can choose is your task manager. For most people, I think that OmniFocus is easily the best tool on the market. I thought it would be useful to offer a list of OmniFocus Resources so you can learn the application. 

Update 3: I've recently been experimenting with an alternative to OmniFocus, Org Mode. It's a plain text tool, built into Emacs. While it's not for the faint of heart it offers incredible power and is not subject to some proprietary file format. I've created a list of Org Mode Resources if you'd like to learn more about this tool.

Habit 1: Capture

Habit 2: Processing

Habit 3: The Right Tools

Habit 4: Situation

Habit 5: Working Memory

Habit 6: Planning

Habit 7: Archiving

Habit 8: Review & Completion