| The Top 50 Productivity Blogs Of The Year
If you have ever looked back at the previous day / week / month and realized that you didn't get as much done as you wanted to then you might want to look at your productivity and make some improvements. Making better use of your time can help grow your business, make you happier, give you more income, and allow for more time to yourself and your family. The following list represents the top 50 blogs on productivity from around the Internet. Reading through them will help give you the tools to make your life and business more productive and allow you to reap the benefits. Enjoy!
Getting Things Done
1) Zen Habits | Simple Productivity
Zen Habits is written by Leo Babauta who writes about achieving goals, productivity, being organized, GTD, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, getting a flat stomach, eating healthy, simplifying, living frugal, parenting, happiness, and successfully implementing good habits. Leo is married with six kids, lives on Guam, is a writer and a runner and a vegetarian and he loves writing Zen Habits.
2) David Allen, Getting Things Done and GTD
GTD is the popular shorthand for "Getting Things Done", the groundbreaking work-life management system and book by David Allen that transforms personal overwhelm and overload into an integrated system of stress-free productivity. The David Allen Company is a professional training, coaching, and management consulting organization, based in Ojai, California, USA. Its purpose is to improve the quality of life by providing the world’s best information, education, and products that enhance personal and interactive productivity.
3) The Cranking Widgets Blog
Brett Kelly started this blog in December of 2006 after reading Getting Things Done by David Allen. His newfound excitement about personal productivity was the primary reason for starting this website: a way to communicate little nuggets of wisdom and whatnot to whomever on the old Internet wanted to read them. Brett tries to be as pragmatic as possible in his writing - creating content that will be short on theory and long on usefulness and practicality.
4) Productivity Cafe
Share a double shot toward efficiency and a better life. The Productivity Cafe is your source for ideas on getting things done, being effective, reducing stress and having some fun. The blog is written by Susan Sabo who has years of experience from organizing people at the top of organizations right through to the front lines. She's works with entrepreneurs and Fortune 100 executives with roles including plant manager, CEO, sales executive, and company owner.
5) Black Belt Productivity
Black Belt Productivity is written by Jason Echols and Michael Ramm. Jason is an accountant for a large aerospace corporation. He was introduced to David Allen’s Getting Things Done by his, then, manager some three years ago. Since then, he has strived to master the art of stress-free productivity. Michael is the Information Technology Manager for a small municipality in Central Alabama. His former boss introduced him to GTD in March 2005, and he is on his 4th reading of GTD.
6) Eric Mack On-Line
In 2007, Eric Mack celebrated 25 years in business as an entrepreneur, software developer, and productivity consultant. He has provided expert consulting services to more than 350 corporate and government clients, most notably in the fields of messaging, collaborative, and productivity technologies. He shares his wisdom online through his Eric Mack On-Line blog.
7) eDragonu - the choice of a personal path
eDragonu is written by Dragos Roua. This blog is just a continuous story about all the crossroads he wants to overcome, to solve, to discover, to find, to explain, to understand, to build, to create, to share or to complete, in order for his travel to be as fulfilling as possible. He is interested in spirituality as a practitioner. He also learned astrology, and practices it as often as he can.
8) Flipping Heck! Productivity, Project Management & Motivation Blog
The anonymous writer behind Flipping Heck! originally started this blog as a way to vent about a former manager of his, but after escaping from that job this website slowly evolved into being about productivity, time management and motivation as he slowly started to develop his own systems in order to bring his chaotic life under control. With Flipping Heck!, he is trying to share the knowledge he has learned and hopefully offer practical advice on how to manage various aspects of your daily lives.
*** Update: The official Getting Things Done blog can be found at GTDtimes.
9) Stepcase Lifehack : Productivity, Getting Things Done and Lifehacks Blog
This site dedicated to lifehacks. The phrase describes any hacks, tips and tricks that get things done quickly by automating, increase productivity and organizing. This site is built around this theme. This blog is endorsed by many major newspapers and publishers, and it is rated in the #100 most popular blog in the blogosphere by Technorati. It is a frequently updated blog, which provides news and articles which able you to get things done in a faster pace.
10) LifeClever ;-) — Design Advice, Productivity Tips, and Life Hacks
LifeClever helps you design, work, and live better. They are not experts or productivity gurus. They just want to share their obsession with productivity, design, and life hacks. They will bring you: Practical design advice for both professional and amateur designers, Productivity tips and life hacks, Clever tricks to make design production more efficient, Software reviews, raves, and rants.
11) Marc and Angel Hack Life - Practical Tips for Productive Living
Here at “Marc and Angel Hack Life” they enjoy sharing practical thoughts on a broad range of topics pertaining to life, hacks, productivity, aspirations, health, work, tech and general self improvement. They promise you will not find a regurgitation of someone else’s point of view on their site. Regardless of the topic at hand, these views are their own. “Marc and Angel Hack Life” also serves as a repository of advice based on some of their life experiences.
12) 43 Folders
43 Folders is written by Merlin Mann and discusses personal productivity, life hacks, and simple ways to make your life a little better. Merlin Mann is an independent writer, broadcaster, and speaker.
Merlin’s fresh and engaging take on personal productivity and the challenges of modern knowledge work has made him the best-known and most trusted voice in the field of what’s come to be called “life hacks.” 43Folders.com is a Technorati Top 100 blog that attracts over 8,000,000 page views a year.
13) Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development Blog
Steve is passionate about sharing his personal growth lessons with anyone who desires to improve themselves. He's written over 500 personal development articles, covering topics such as courage, motivation, productivity, and the meaning of life -- all of which are available for free on this site. Steve has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Self Magazine. His web site, StevePavlina.com, is currently the most popular personal development web site in the world, receiving over 1.8 million visitors per month.
14) Motivation and Self Improvement | PickTheBrain
The first article was published to PickTheBrain.com on November 22, 2006. Since then it has become one of the fastest growing self improvement sites on the web. PickTheBrain.com diverges from traditional “self-help” by taking a broader approach. Rather than sticking to a small set of topics, the site covers anything related to self improvement. Any information that people can use to live more prosperous, satisfying lives is a potential article.
15) Productivity for Creative People- LifeDev
LifeDev was created by Glen Stansberry, a website developer. Glen reads books, blogs and websites about productivity, leadership and GTD. He finds it very interesting, and realizes the benefits of doing things better so he shares his insights on his LifeDev blog. He promises that all he's doing is writing ideas and truths that he has found through his life, mainly through putting them into action.
Productivity501 is a site dedicated to bringing you regular tips and tricks to help increase your personal productivity. This site focuses on original content so the publication schedule is a little slower than other blogs out there. Generally they try to have at least one new article each week, but the focus is on posting when they have something that will benefit their readers.
17) Thinking Faster
Thinking Faster writer Jeffrey Phillips brings you ideas, tools and processes to improve personal, workgroup and enterprise productivity and innovation. He has made an effort to focus on communication, leadership, culture, knowledge management, collaboration and new ideas about working together more effectively.
18) The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
Timothy Ferriss, nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007,” is author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek. He has been featured by dozens of media, including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, National Geographic Traveler, CNN, CBS, and MAXIM. He speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.
19) Dumb Little Man
Each week Dumb Little Man provides a handful of tips that will save you money, increase your productivity, or simply keep you sane. It was started by Jay White one night after realizing that his time had seemingly vanished after the birth of his second child. That's what he uses as the milestone that led him to believe that he had to become more efficient, more health conscious, and more creative if he had any real desire to satisfy all of the moving portions of his life.
20) The Happiness Project
Written by Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project is a memoir about the year she spent test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study she could find, whether from Aristotle or St. Therese or Martin Seligman or Oprah. The Happiness Projects gathers these rules for living and reports on what works and what doesn’t. On this daily blog, Gretchen recounts some of her adventures and insights as she grapple with the challenge of being happier.
21) Productivity in Context
Productivity in Context is Stephen's site for articles on Productivity and Leadership, New Media Studies, and tools for organizing. The blog contains updates on: Productivity methods, Creativity in leadership, Lifestyle innovation, and the design of the next generation of personal knowledge management system. Through the blog Stephen has met new friends online and they have been collaborating on articles about productivity, new media, and the future of work.
22) Personal Growth and Effectiveness at Life Optimizer
Life Optimizer, written by Donald Latumahina, is about living your life to the fullest. He believes many people (himself included) live below their maximum potential. While they do achieve things in life, there are still many more they can achieve. The problem here is they do not optimize their life. There are aspects of their life which can be made better and more effective than they are now as the blog discusses.
LifeReboot.com is a site containing the thoughts and experiences of Shaun Boyd. Everything written on this site has been placed here to help raise your awareness — so that you can prevent yourself from making the same mistakes Shaun has made in his life, so that you can be inspired to create positive change within your own life, and so that you can have the courage to reinvent yourself.
24) Live the GREAT life you desire! — DaveOlson.ca
For more than twenty five years, Dave Olson has had the great joy of living my life ‘in front’ of people. Being in front of people and living in a ‘fishbowl’ has taught him huge lessons about himself and others. “You just can’t get away with anything!” Dave is here to do anything he can to help you live the great life you desire!
25) Empowerment 4 Life
Empowerment of your life. That’s what blogger Tony Teegarden is committed to. Over the past 15 years Tony has been self employed and has studied and practiced sales, management and leadership. He has found that all of them have one thing in common. You MUST connect with people. This is what Tony teaches you how to do through his Empowerment 4 Life blog.
26) Unclutterer » Daily tips on how to organize your home and office.
Unclutterer is the website for home and office organization. It’s not just for the helplessly disorganized who would lose their heads if they weren’t attached, and pack rats looking to put their stashes on a diet, but also for obsessive compulsive neat freaks looking to squeeze even more order into their lives. Unclutterer hopes they can make getting and staying organized fun and informative.
27) Ian’s Messy Desk
Ian's Messy Desk is devoted to helping you get the most out of the 24 hours in your day. The blog was created by Ian McKenzie, a Canadian living in Edmonton, Alberta who started blogging in March of 2001. Popular topics include productivity, motivation, humour, quotes of the day, living the simple life, mind mapping, and communication.
Productivity at Work
28) The Chief Happiness Officer
Alexander Kjerulf, founder of The Chief Happiness Office, makes people happy at work. He is the author of Happy Hour is 9 to 5, a practical guide to making yourself and others happy at work. Because loving what you do is just that damn important! A popular section of the site is Monday tips, a new fun, simple tip every Monday that you can easily do in five minutes to give yourself and others a great start to the week.
29) Marketing Productivity Blog
The Marketing Productivity Blog is written by Jim Novo. In his blog Jim discusses how companies can move from a Low Accountability to a High Accountability Business Model. Popular topics include: Analytical Culture, Analytics Education, Brand Management, DataBase Marketing, Marketing / Tech Interface, Marketing Research, Marketing thru Operations, Measuring Engagement, Newsletters, and Web Analytics.
30) All Things Workplace
All Things Workplace is Steve Roesler's creation. Its aim is teaching smart people practical ways to become extraordinary. Steve founded Roesler Group in 1977, specializing in communication training and development with an emphasis on improving systems, relationships, and large-scale change. All Things Workplace is an extension of the work that he does helping people and companies become more productive.
31) Slow Leadership
Slow Leadership offers ways of returning civilization and humanity to organizations. The blog is authored by Carmine Cayote, Peter Vajda, and John Fletcher, whose collective aim is to provide interesting and challenging articles to help you think through the issues and find ways to enjoy your life and work to the full. This is a blog about ideas, not quick tips.
32) ProductivityGoal - Work productivity, time management, organization, tools, and tips
ProductivityGoal offers a variety of expert advice, news, tips, resources, and opinions on various business-to-business topics. ProductivityGoal writers are typically practicing experts in their field that independently bring their expertise directly to you through a Blog. They write what they know and they encourage you to participate through comments and continuous feedback.
33) Communication Nation
Communication Nation is written by Dave Gray, Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business and in life. As individuals and as a species, Dave believes we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. Join the conversation!
34) Pimp Your Work - Improving Your Work Day Efficiency
Pimp Your Work is the place that will help make your work life better. PYW is part of bmedia’s Business Channel, which is a wide network of business and financial blogs. Specifically, focuses on the following topics: Attaining a good work-life balance, Making your work day better and easier, Reviews of software and gadgets you can use, Tips on how to be more productive and efficient, and How to reduce clutter in your work so that you can focus on the essentials.
35) Productivity Planner
The goal of Productivity Planner is to help you be more productive in everything you do. The blog was created by
Chris Russell and popular topics include: Inspiration, Leadership, Management, Organizational Culture, and Productivity.
36) Personal Development with The Positivity Blog
The Positivity Blog is focused on giving out positivity and opening up new possibilities. It comes in the way of inspirational quotes, videos on personal growth, and links to interesting articles about self improvement. It is written by Henrik Edberg, a 27 year old student from Sweden. He devours literature and audio on personal development and has dived into the subject and immersed himself. He tries to implement what he has learned and figure out how to build a better life.
37) David Seah - Design, Productivity, Inspiration, and Empowerment
There are four general areas that David Seah covers: design, development, inspiration, and self-empowerment. David gets most excited by people making things and making positive changes in their lives in the face of doubt and uncertainty. David himself is in that very spot, so he writes a lot about topics related to productivity, and has created several free tools to serve as concrete examples of his thinking.
38) Ririan Project
The Ririan Project is about creating a new life, creating a brand new life that represents maximum achievement and inner peace, a life that has balance in all it’s areas. Starting from today start working toward a more purposeful, more joyous life! The blog was created by Ririan, a student in Bucharest, Romania who reads books, blogs and websites about productivity, personal development, health, nutrition, leadership and GTD.
39) Personal Development - Change your thoughts
This site is dedicated to help you help yourself change your life for the better. Steven posts lots of different links, articles, blogs, thoughts anything and everything that will help you make yourself a better person. He posts for all areas of your life including: Finance, relationships, career, spiritual beliefs, and health. He, however, only provides the tools for this; you have to do the work. The articles are stimulating and thought provoking and some will require you to do some work on yourself.
Productivity for Entrepreneurs
40) Sparkplug CEO :: Be a Chief Extraordinary Officer in Business & in Life
Sparkplugging is about Thinking Big in the New Work at Home Generation. Wendy Persall founded the blog "Because the people who come to this site are Spark Plugs - we are people who make things happen. We love business, and we love our free time. And we’re willing to do what it takes to make a great living while also living a great a life." Wendy's past experience includes several entrepreneurial endeavors, as well as holding two Business Development positions with Socrates.com and Paladin, a marketing recruiting firm.
eSoup is Sharon Sarmiento's site about internet entrepreneurism and productivity. Popular categories include: 4-Hour Workday,
Business Book Reviews,
GTD, Health & Wellness,
Small Biz Development,
Small Business Finance,
Working Virtually, and
42) The Productivity Post
The Productivity Post is devoted to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs earn more and work less. It is authored by Lorraine Pirihi who is a Productivity Expert, Business Coach, Public Speaker & Author. Popular topics include: Coaching,
Home Based Business,
Life/Work Balance, Meetings,
Small Business Management,
Success Strategies, and
Productivity through Technology
43) Jeet Blog - Tech Tweaks,Blogging Tips,Productivity Hacks and a Better Life.
Jeet Blog primarily focuses on different Web 2.0 apps and online tools and how these tools can help us become more productive in our daily lives. Also you will find articles on blogging, social media and on different aspects of blogosphere at Jeet Blog. The blog is written by
Abhijeet Mukherjee, a full time blogger and freelance writer based in New Delhi, India.
44) Tech Without Wires - Mobile office productivity
The focus of the Tech Without Wires blog is the mobile office. For 15 years writer Elwyn Jenkins' office has morphed from being a single location in an office block to just about anywhere he is. He has been an entrepreneur for the last 15 years, albeit starting new businesses for major companies. On his blog, Elwyn shares anything and everything that comes his way and may be interesting to fellow road warriors.
Doug Belshaw is a teacher, researcher and director of edte.ch. This blog brings together three of his biggest interests: education, technology and productivity. He is an educator who loves using technology to enhance students’ learning and is always looking for ways to increase his creative outputs. More often that not this means playing about with gadgets, web apps and other cool stuff.
Productivity and technology tips to get you jacked! CodeJacked is a productivity and technology site aimed at making your computing experience more fun and useful. CodeJacked publishes multiple posts per weekday and covers both Linux and Windows. CodeJacked is owned and operated by Maxim Software Corp and its editors are Craig Jones and Vladimir Drndarski.
Niche Productivity Blogs
47) Academic Productivity
Academic Productivity is a survival guide for the 21st century researcher. Written by a small team of academics, Academic Productivity focuses on the topics of knowledge acquisition, production and dissemination, new technologies and productivity strategies. Popular topics include time management, writing, blogging, resources, software, and computer tips.
48) Gearfire - Tips for Students
Gearfire is a student productivity and organization blog, bringing you tips for academic success. It was started in December of 2006 with three people, and for a year it remained that way, until late 2007 when they branched out to become a multi-author content hub, allowing them to give the best advice from anyone who has experience. They have a large group of contributors ranging from high school students to current college students to post-college students, all of whom share their wisdom on how to do well in school.
49) Tools, tips, & techniques for being productive at 30,000 feet — InFlightHQ
inFlightHQ is a blog that publishes tools, tips, and techniques for tech-savvy business travelers. The blog's main contributors are Steve Broback, Jason Preston, and Kim Larsen. Popular categories include Bloggy Mountain High,
Fresh ideas for blogging, making money and living a more productive life. Ray Dotson realized he wanted to be writing and blogging for a living. He began searching for ways of doing this and Freshblogger.com was born in late August of 2006. This blog is his attempt at putting it all together. It is intended to be an ongoing exploration of how to make money by blogging and writing, a fresh perspective on things as he learns and shares what he has discovered with whoever is interested.
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