The popular opinion is if you read about productivity then you are being unproductive at something.
So, instead of wasting your time reading about productivity, get to work and get things done.
Maybe this opinion stemmed from an overload of information in every space or the fact that all the blogs you read were mediocre, hence a waste of time.
So, we put our Search ninja hat and scouted the web for most interesting and useful blogs which give you simple, actionable tips for improving productivity and personal development.
If you have been actively looking for books or blogs on productivity, James Clear may not be a new name to you. The famous author covers various topics on his blog from health to thinking.
The most interesting part about his articles? I like the way he builds the narrative with scientific research and relatable examples.
Did you know that your Willpower is depleted if you use it too much? If you share this fact with a friend, there are chances of it being forgotten or labeled as hearsay.
But, when James explains it in the context of our daily environment and habits, it starts to make sense.
Won't you agree with him when he says being productive is about maintaining a steady, average speed on a few things, not maximum speed on everything?
In his words, his work is part story-telling, part academic research, part personal experiment, hence his findings and observations resonate easily with all of us.
Another well-known name, following Sparring Mind, is like having an intelligent friend whose thoughts and ideas keep you fascinated.
Technically it is a newsletter, not a blog, technically not on productivity either, but as long as it has some valuable advice why bother about technical details?
Also, don’t assume that it is only for professionals in the creative field because on the homepage it says best ideas on the art of creative work.
The newsletter is focussed on practical, non-obvious advice on how to make things that matter.
My favorite part about the site and the newsletter is the simple, easy to consume design. I can concentrate on reading the text and absorbing it.
I came across this blog in 2010 and was immediately hooked.
First of all, the innovative name of the blog. Secondly, there was abundant information on mind, relationships, life in general.
The bonus is the amazing list of book Eric Barker mentions in his posts.
Most of the content is thoughtfully researched, and each tip is backed by science. You will not find content like “How to be productive” instead you will come across posts like This Is How To Be Productive: 4 Secrets From The Stoics.
On days I don’t want to read the whole post or am just looking for a nudge of motivation, I go through the highlighted section of the post. On some days, I just start reading the book recommended in the post.
If you are looking for free planners along with advice on Productivity, Productive Flourishing is the site to follow.
You will find productivity content with a dash of military flavored with philosophy. Don’t believe me? Try this post on Ideas from Aristotle that will help you flourish.
You will find plenty of articles on how to get the creative juices flowing or grow your business. Personally, I like founder Charlie’s posts engaging and thought-provoking.
I may not agree with everything mentioned there, but I do find them intriguing to explore further.
Life Optimizer is focused on helping people achieve their full potential.
The organization of posts in categories like Thinking/Learning/Working/Relationships is useful to identify the area you are interested to explore.
There is a different perspective to a lot of common topics on this site. If you read the post on insights from being self-employed, you will realize there is an authenticity and simplicity in which Donald, the founder shares his ideas and thoughts.
These insights or experiences are not shared as a must-follow from a teacher or preacher, but as a learning from a fellow human.
The simplicity of the blog makes it engaging.
One factor that affects your productivity is happiness. If you are in a positive mood, you are more likely to achieve what you set as your goal.
The pursuit of happiness blog, not the movie (it was Happyness not Happiness) has a lot of resources on various aspects of happiness like relationships, positive thinking, attitude, etc.
Run as a non-profit, this site provides free information on life skills that promote happiness and enable greater psychological well-being.
There is a tonne of information available on the science of happiness
One can also enrol in their Online Certificate Course and brag about being certified happy.
Steven Pressfield is the famous author of The War of Art.
Though the posts on the blog have examples and stories which resonate more with people from creative industry, the message is applicable to all of us. Because, all jobs and work need creativity.
If you are an analyst who extracts insights and creates reports, won’t you find it useful to know that when eureka moments occur, they tend to be precipitated by long periods of preparation and incubation, and to strike when the mind is relaxed?
Read on for some creatively crafted tips on the usual things we tend to ignore.
Jonathan Fields is one of the best-known names in the personal development field. His books, podcasts, and good life project are considered a valuable resource for self-improvement.
The blog covers topics like Motivation, Success, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Innovation, Parenting, etc.
If you are looking to start somewhere, here is the recommended post, more so because it mentions my favorite Pink Floyd number.
You aren’t surprised to find this blog listed here? Are you? No list of productivity blogs is complete without this awesome creation by Leo Babuta.
The fact that Leo is just another guy who tries new things and shares his experiences makes his blog relatable to 2 million people.
And suddenly, if you find it all overwhelming, remember to breathe.
Organizing oneself or decluttering is an important aspect of being productive because messy workplaces and homes leave us stressed.
One way to avoid this situation is to get rid of unnecessary possessions, hence we thought of adding some insights on becoming a minimalist.
Being minimalist isn’t about destitution, it is about spending your time and perhaps money on passions than possessions.
So, if you have been struggling to get yourself organized or have found yourself frequently bugged by the amount of stuff, try some tips here to deown and declutter some of those bad habits and possessions.
PS: A Side Note
You may have noticed that most of the blogs listed here gravitate towards personal development and self-improvement.
Habits, routine, and motivation are certainly some factors that affect our productivity, especially at work.
But, in the 21st century another factor that affects productivity is often overlooked – technology.
Most vocations today are impossible without some technological help. Even the smallest business use apps and tools to automate their work and become more efficient.
However, we don’t really focus if we are using these tools and apps productively or not. I have shared my thoughts earlier on this blog.
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