Who doesn’t want to be at their most productive? When there’s a hundred things to do in the office, and another hundred waiting for you at home, getting your mind straight and your motivation up can help you to tackle challenges and meet goals in life.
But the question is how do you reach that state of pure focus, efficiency and action? Chances are it won’t come with that fifth cup of coffee.
Your best bet to reaching productivity nirvana is by reading the nuggets of wisdom and insight contained in productivity blogs spread across the web. Seeking time management strategies? A lifehack for email management? Brain habits to build? Take time to read a blog!
While everybody will have their go-to site, we’ve got favorites of our own. Take a look at this list of productivity blogs and browse through tips and articles you can apply in personal and professional life.
1. For upping your work productivity – Evernote
Evernote doesn’t just run an incredibly useful note-taking app, the company also maintains a tremendous blog chock full of tips and strategies for being more productive at work. Evernote’s whole mission is to make taking and organizing your notes more simple, so it make sense that this blog would dispense great advice for how to streamline your working day.
From recent articles on ways to leverage Evernote templates to accelerate workflows to one on making your commute more productive, the Evernote team has some valuable guidance. Content marketers can use the blog to get inspiration for meeting efficiency or a to-do list.
2. For the creative in you – 99U
Marketers are innovative minds. Yet it can be hard to train creative ambitions on a real-life target and translate idea to action. That’s where 99U can provide some assistance in helping you marshall your creative and productive energies.
This site features a wealth of different content styles and insights, including interviews with entrepreneurs, guides on how to negotiate your salary and innovative pieces on how to make a career of your interests, passions, talents and skills. Social media is also a big theme for 99U. This is not only a great blog to get productivity tips, but readers have fun each time.
3. For how-tos, to-dos and mending shoes – Lifehacker
Ever wondered how much mold is too much mold for that loaf of bread you still want to use? No? Just us? Well what about how to unfreeze your credit reports? How to make your own seltzer? How to resolve conflict in the workplace? What it means when your cat does that weird chattering thing?
Think of any topic under the sun and Lifehacker likely has a blog post about it. Reading this site on a normal basis will turn you into a renaissance content marketer in no time, but even a few clicks here and there are enough to improve your productivity and help you solve all sorts of personal and professional challenges.
It’s worth a bookmark for the sheer diversity and niche nature of the content Lifehacker boasts. It’s easy to lose track of time when you fall down a Lifehacker rabbit hole.
4. For personal enrichment – James Clear’s blog
There are productivity blogs, and then there are productivity blogs. Categorize James Clear’s site in the latter camp. The acclaimed mind has written up an incredible resource library using his personal brand of biology, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and more, as he notes. Overarching themes to his work include decision-making, time management, mental toughness, constant improvement, goal setting and even better sleep.
Clear’s methodology for personal enrichment is rooted in habits and how people can take the reins to life. Such advice is applicable throughout life (both as a content marketer and as an individual), and Clear’s accessible, engaging and astute writing makes the lessons all the more impactful.
5-6. For no-frills productivity tools and tips – Productivityist and Dumb Little Man
While a James Clear blog may best be digested with a glass of wine and some time, if you want a quick hit of productivity insight, then these are the blogs for you. Whether you read on a condensed lunch break, on the train ride home or whenever you have some brief free time, these productivity blogs are teeming with immediate takeaways.
Productivityist — no matter how many times you type that one it’ll feel wrong — is great for those who want to get their tips in different formats. Not only does this site feature easy-to-read articles, but it has a companion podcast for the audial inclined. A bunch of basic topics like setting a work schedule, email writing techniques and how to defeat procrastination are covered here.
Don’t let the name fool you, Dumb Little Man is anything but. Kind of like the “For Dummies” book series, Dumb Little Man has all the advice on things you might feel embarrassed to ask. For instance, a recent article explored the ways in which business cards are still important. You can find listicles on swatting away distractions and how-tos for organizing your desk to improve productivity alongside deeper pieces like self-care, seeking happiness and managing personal relationships.
7. For project management in work and personal life – Trello
Trello gives you the best of both worlds in its productivity blog, combining functional how-tos with softer pieces about personal growth and living a positive life in general.
Trello offers project management software tools, and if you’re a user, there’s a good amount of material for how to make the most of the application. Otherwise, any reader can benefit from the valuable content Trello regularly puts out. In one sitting you can read a blog about managing workloads, as well as one about having a notification-free vacation.
There’s no wrong answer when it comes to which productivity blog to read. Each can serve a different purpose. But if you want top-rated insight and advice on how to build productive habits, look no further than the seven we’ve spotlighted in this list.