Creating your own personal productivity system (iv)

November has been the personal productivity system (PPS) month. I hope you read the three preceding articles that cover what you need to design your own PPS. In case you didn’t you can find them here, here and here. I felt this series wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t share some of what I used for my own PPS. I believe there is no such thing as the perfect productivity app and encourage everyone to experiment until they find what works best for them. However, if you are curious about what I use, here you go:

A blank pushing an app button
Try to focus on the principles instead of the apps

For my to-do list, I use evernote. This is because for me, the ideal to-do list app must also function as a note-taking app. The only limitation evernote has is that the free version is limited for use across two devices (for me that is my phone and my laptop). You can use the online version everywhere and I imagine using the app on your phone and laptop will be enough for most people’s needs but if you would like an app that comes with no limitations, you will have to search for another. I used Microsoft Onenote for a few weeks last year. I left it because I had some trouble resolving note conflicts.

An Evernote to-do screen
Sorry. Can’t share my full schedule here.

For a calendar app, Calendar by Google is the only one I have ever used. It’s free. It’s linked to your Gmail account (I know everyone has one these days) and it has everything you need to capture events.

An empty calendar date
Go add some events here

My favourite task management system is trello. I like the flexibility that their card system allows. You can always tweak it to suit the needs of your team. A close second would be asana. They have a series of introduction videos designed to make your onboarding easier and have plenty of templates for you to choose from.

An Asana page
You already saw what trello looks like in the previous post

And that’s it. Do you have any favourite productivity apps you’d like me to check out. You can drop them in the comment section and I will take a look.

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