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I wanted to pull together a list of the best productivity systems/techniques so people can be more aware of them. I am building this list based on input from readers on my website.

Productivity systems like:

* Bullet Journal by Rydall Carroll
* Getting Things Done by David Allen
* Master Your Now by Michael Linenberger
* Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
* 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Let me know what other ones you are aware of. It would also be interesting to know which one you use personally and why you like it.

I will be updating the list here as you submit new ones.

    12 replies to "What Is The Best Productivity System?"

    • Lexwulf


      I have been GTD student for a decade now. However there are two things that GTD failed at for me when the volume of next actions got out of hand (+100 next actions at any given moment): prioritization. GTD wants you to “scan” the lists whenever you can and pick intuitively what you should do next. With such volume of my next actions (and 80% is work related) I ended up dreading re-reading those big ass lists and when I did I went after easy and simple tasks, procrastinating on major projects. Also since I have iphone in my pocket and mac air in my briefcase the idea of context seems really outdated. So I switched to MYN (Master Your Now) by Michael Linenberger over a year ago. His work is really UNDERRATED. The system is simple to implement and works well with the GTD guide You will keep all the best practices of GTD (inbox processing, references, checklists, next actions, projects etc.) but simply limit your next actions to 20 items or less via FRESH prioritization. I am also doing this in EN and taking advantage of reminders to handle the start dates on tasks. The other advantage of MYN is that 2/3 Michale’s “Master Your Workday Now” book is dedicated to Goals, Vision and Mission. He really nails the process of setting up goals and then activating them daily to keep you on track. Compared to that Horizons of Focus are rather uninspiring. I love GTD, it made my life great, but the speed and volume of my work (I run my own lawfirm) got really got out of hand. MYN got me sane again and my work on track.

      • CaptainTime

        Thanks for this. I am currently reading Master Your Workday Now.

        • Lexwulf

          Sure. Drop me a msg if you want to talk about it. I am suprised it’s not more popular. I got a killer Evernote implementation.

    • themanfromoctober

      Bullet Journal is becoming a big thing.

      I use to use it but went back to digital.

      • CaptainTime

        I used to love my physical Daytimer, but digital lets me search and assign tasks to others, so I don’t think I could do physical again.

    • -prepper-

      7HoHEP (7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

      • CaptainTime

        Ah yes, I read 7 Habits many years ago. Some good ideas, but I never implemented if fully.

        • -prepper-

          I have an idea to integrate 7HoHEP with GTD. Especially FTF (First Fings First) Habit and it’s Urgency and Importance Matrix. It’s gonna handle GTD’s Priority Criteria.

          • -prepper-

            Integration of major Productivity Systems is a 10x quantum leap. We need to setup exchange of information between them via some central HUB system. Or at least configure peer-to-peer communication. That’s what I’m trying to do.

    • EnoughTime

      There is also all of Mark Forster’s systems (all of the AutoFocus variants and others):


    • taylorjacobson

      Two more:

      * The One Thing by Gary Keller

      * Deep Work by Cal Newport

    • CaptainTime

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