You wake up in the middle of the night.
It’s dark and your eyes are barely opened, but you realize you are not alone… at first you start to freak out. Are all those zombie movies actually true? Is Mr. Al Gebra, your 2nd grade math teacher, coming to haunt you for cheating on that test all those years ago?
Whoever it is, it’s coming closer… and closer… and closer… you start to recognize the face. It’s your Fairy Productivity Godmother!
Fairy Productivity Godmother?
Is this a dream? Possibly.
She stands in front of you and with a little bit of worry on her face says: “I’ve been watching over you and I’m so proud. You are sleeping well, productive, focused, healthy and you are getting things done (David Allen told me to say this joke). But, I’ve also noticed that you are starting to get overwhelmed by too many gadgets, gizmos and shiny tools. When I saw that they are slowing you down and diminishing your productivity, I had to intervene.
I’m going to do you a huge productivity favor. I am going to let you choose 3, and only 3, productivity tools to keep and I’m going to make the rest disappear – like fairy dust. Which 3 tools do you choose?”
If you could use only 3 productivity tools for the rest of your life, which 3 would you choose?
That’s exactly what I asked (minus the fairy Godmother story, that one is just for you) 69 of the world’s top productivity experts.
I asked them to go back to the essentials. To put away all the latest productivity apps and tell me what are the 3 productivity tools they cannot live without. What are the 20% of the tools that produce 80% of the results.
Without further ado, here are the tools the productivity experts would use if they could only use 3 of them: [Continue reading]