Freelancer - Freelancer is a global crowdsourcing marketplace website, which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete.
Upwork - Upwork is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.
Compose Email - Instead of getting distracted by your inbox when you’re writing an email, use this Gmail plugin to open only your Compose Email window.
Boomerang - Pause your inbox so that you can focus on what matters most, getting sh*t done.
Rescue Time - A personal analytics service that shows you how you spend your time and provides tools to help you be more productive.
Moment App - Moment is like a Fitbit for your phone. It tracks exactly how much time you're spending on what app, how many times you pick up your phone.
80/20 Curve tool - The 80/20 tool shows you big insights and invisible opportunities based on small amounts of information. If you have 10 customers, how much is your biggest customer really worth? The answer, based on a universal law of nature, might surprise you and change the way you approach your business and life.
Batch Tasks - Rather than constantly chop and change between tasks, save yourself from the dreaded cognitive switching penalty by batching similar tasks. Even within tasks, if I’m writing, I should focus on writing first and then allocate time to search and add references later. Otherwise I will be taken out of flow if I go searching Google each time I wrote something that requires a reference and it will take more considerably longer to get the writing component done.
Do the Hardest Things First - It might seem tempting to start the day with easy things like checking email, but this only serves to normalise laziness and mediocrity. Get the hardest things done first thing, while your cognitive load is low and your energy is high, and by virtue of doing this, you will create more energy and a positive attitude to take with your throughout your day.
Prioritise the Important over the Urgent - If all you ever do is prioritise the urgent and the fighting of fires, you’ll never focus on the stuff that truly matters. If you spend a little bit more time focusing on the important, such as setting up automation systems, you will find yourself fighting less fires and free yourself up to do even more important work by virtue of having tasks you previously did manually automated. The compounding effect of making more time available for the important is massive.
Source: Covey, Stephen (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)
NotificationsTurn them off. Nothing kills productivity more than the lure of your phone, email or social media. Even if you don’t click on the notification, noticing it will take you out of whatever you’re doing, forcing you to (a) think about it and/or b (b) waste cognitive energy fighting the temptation to click on it or pursue it moments later. Focus on one thing at a time.
CalendarSet time in your calendar for important tasks. If it’s in the calendar, it gets done.
To-Do listsAlways keep a to-do list and try to get two to three important things done each day. At the very least, get ONE important thing done each day. This will put you apart from the many people who gets lots of inconsequential, surface level, firefighting things done each day. You can use tools like Asana, Trello or Evernote to help you or good old fashioned pen and paper.To prioritise, apply a simple formula like value (out of 10) divided by time (out of 10).
For example, writing my weekly email to my database.
Value = 8
Time = 4
Score: = 2
Prioritise tasks by the highest number, accounting for other variables like urgency, cost and so on as you deem fit.