The full list of productivity apps I use to stay moderately productive despite my akrasia

The reason I use so many is that I feel like I need the extra help to just
get even a bit beyond what the average person does naturally :).

Behavioral Economics:
Beeminder http://www.beeminder.com/: Charges me money if I don’t do
something X times per week or month. This is how I stay on top of blog
posts, guest posts, gym, etc.
HabitRPG http://habitrpg.com/: Treats my life like a video game. I use
it to keep on top of daily and weekly routines.
Stickk http://stickk.com/: Commits money to longer term goals. I only use
this very rarely as I’d rather focus on process than results.

Scheduling:
Todoist http://todoist.com/: The best todo app I’ve found… I’ve tried a
lot.
Google Calenda http://google.com/calendarr: The calendar app I use
MeetMe http://meetme.so/: How take the headache out of scheduling with
clients and contacts with busy schedules across different timezones.

Focus:
Focus@will http://focusatwill.com/ This is what I listen to while I’m
working (sometimes with binaural beats in the background). I’m not quite
convinced with the science, but it does seem to help me focus.
Tomatoes http://tomato.es/: I use the pomodoro technique to stay focused,
because if I don’t take breaks I find I burn out quickly… This helps me
stay on top of my timers, as well as see where my time is going.
StayFocusd
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji?hl=en:
will block distracting sites when I spend too much time on them during work
hours. There’s also Leechblock for chrome, as well Rescuetime for every
browser.

Networking:
Contactually http://contactually.com/: Hooks in with my phone, email, and
social networks, and reminds me to contact people if it’s been to long.
Newsle http://newsle.com/: Let’s me keep on top of news items about my
network

Team:
iDoneThis http://idonethis.com/: Used to keep track of my clients and
teams between meetings., Gives them a simple way to record what they got
done that day.
Todoist: http://todoist.com/ Scales seamlessly to teams

I also make heavy use of zapier to make sure everything gets recorded in
Beeminder and HabitRPG.


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Awesome list! Thanks for posting it.

I’ve been trying out Focus@will the last couple of days, and have been
enjoying it.

On Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:47:26 UTC+1, Matt Goldenberg wrote:

The reason I use so many is that I feel like I need the extra help to just
get even a bit beyond what the average person does naturally :).

Behavioral Economics:
Beeminder http://www.beeminder.com/: Charges me money if I don’t do
something X times per week or month. This is how I stay on top of blog
posts, guest posts, gym, etc.
HabitRPG http://habitrpg.com/: Treats my life like a video game. I use
it to keep on top of daily and weekly routines.
Stickk http://stickk.com/: Commits money to longer term goals. I only
use this very rarely as I’d rather focus on process than results.

Scheduling:
Todoist http://todoist.com/: The best todo app I’ve found… I’ve tried
a lot.
Google Calenda http://google.com/calendarr: The calendar app I use
MeetMe http://meetme.so/: How take the headache out of scheduling with
clients and contacts with busy schedules across different timezones.

Focus:
Focus@will http://focusatwill.com/ This is what I listen to while I’m
working (sometimes with binaural beats in the background). I’m not quite
convinced with the science, but it does seem to help me focus.
Tomatoes http://tomato.es/: I use the pomodoro technique to stay
focused, because if I don’t take breaks I find I burn out quickly… This
helps me stay on top of my timers, as well as see where my time is going.
StayFocusd
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji?hl=en:
will block distracting sites when I spend too much time on them during work
hours. There’s also Leechblock for chrome, as well Rescuetime for every
browser.

Networking:
Contactually http://contactually.com/: Hooks in with my phone, email,
and social networks, and reminds me to contact people if it’s been to long.
Newsle http://newsle.com/: Let’s me keep on top of news items about my
network

Team:
iDoneThis http://idonethis.com/: Used to keep track of my clients and
teams between meetings., Gives them a simple way to record what they got
done that day.
Todoist: http://todoist.com/ Scales seamlessly to teams

I also make heavy use of zapier to make sure everything gets recorded in
Beeminder and HabitRPG.


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Matt, I wanted to offer a suggestion instead of Stayfocusd that I love. I use SelfControl (Mac), it works pre-browser. SelfRestraint is for PCs. Sometimes they’ll be a little buggy and block for longer than I specified, but on the whole much better for me than browser-specific blockers.
I’ll be digging into your list more for sure!
-Kate

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On Sep 30, 2014, at 4:47 PM, Matt Goldenberg magicmattg@gmail.com wrote:

The reason I use so many is that I feel like I need the extra help to just get even a bit beyond what the average person does naturally :).

Behavioral Economics:
Beeminder: Charges me money if I don’t do something X times per week or month. This is how I stay on top of blog posts, guest posts, gym, etc.
HabitRPG: Treats my life like a video game. I use it to keep on top of daily and weekly routines.
Stickk: Commits money to longer term goals. I only use this very rarely as I’d rather focus on process than results.

Scheduling:
Todoist: The best todo app I’ve found… I’ve tried a lot.
Google Calendar: The calendar app I use
MeetMe: How take the headache out of scheduling with clients and contacts with busy schedules across different timezones.

Focus:
Focus@will This is what I listen to while I’m working (sometimes with binaural beats in the background). I’m not quite convinced with the science, but it does seem to help me focus.
Tomatoes: I use the pomodoro technique to stay focused, because if I don’t take breaks I find I burn out quickly… This helps me stay on top of my timers, as well as see where my time is going.
StayFocusd: will block distracting sites when I spend too much time on them during work hours. There’s also Leechblock for chrome, as well Rescuetime for every browser.

Networking:
Contactually: Hooks in with my phone, email, and social networks, and reminds me to contact people if it’s been to long.
Newsle: Let’s me keep on top of news items about my network

Team:
iDoneThis: Used to keep track of my clients and teams between meetings., Gives them a simple way to record what they got done that day.
Todoist: Scales seamlessly to teams

I also make heavy use of zapier to make sure everything gets recorded in Beeminder and HabitRPG.

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Thanks for this list, Matt! I’ve been hearing a lot of people gushing
about Workflowy as a productivity app.

Related Beeminder blog posts: blog.beeminder.com/trackhack and
blog.beeminder.com/competitors (i like the idea of doing another post
on general productivity apps, and maybe another on fitness apps.)

On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM, Kate k.bendrick@gmail.com wrote:

Matt, I wanted to offer a suggestion instead of Stayfocusd that I love. I
use SelfControl (Mac), it works pre-browser. SelfRestraint is for PCs.
Sometimes they’ll be a little buggy and block for longer than I specified,
but on the whole much better for me than browser-specific blockers.
I’ll be digging into your list more for sure!
-Kate

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 30, 2014, at 4:47 PM, Matt Goldenberg magicmattg@gmail.com wrote:

The reason I use so many is that I feel like I need the extra help to just
get even a bit beyond what the average person does naturally :).

Behavioral Economics:
Beeminder: Charges me money if I don’t do something X times per week or
month. This is how I stay on top of blog posts, guest posts, gym, etc.
HabitRPG: Treats my life like a video game. I use it to keep on top of
daily and weekly routines.
Stickk: Commits money to longer term goals. I only use this very rarely as
I’d rather focus on process than results.

Scheduling:
Todoist: The best todo app I’ve found… I’ve tried a lot.
Google Calendar: The calendar app I use
MeetMe: How take the headache out of scheduling with clients and contacts
with busy schedules across different timezones.

Focus:
Focus@will This is what I listen to while I’m working (sometimes with
binaural beats in the background). I’m not quite convinced with the science,
but it does seem to help me focus.
Tomatoes: I use the pomodoro technique to stay focused, because if I don’t
take breaks I find I burn out quickly… This helps me stay on top of my
timers, as well as see where my time is going.
StayFocusd: will block distracting sites when I spend too much time on them
during work hours. There’s also Leechblock for chrome, as well Rescuetime
for every browser.

Networking:
Contactually: Hooks in with my phone, email, and social networks, and
reminds me to contact people if it’s been to long.
Newsle: Let’s me keep on top of news items about my network

Team:
iDoneThis: Used to keep track of my clients and teams between meetings.,
Gives them a simple way to record what they got done that day.
Todoist: Scales seamlessly to teams

I also make heavy use of zapier to make sure everything gets recorded in
Beeminder and HabitRPG.


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http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Goal tracking + Commitment contracts == http://beeminder.com