5 Tools You Need To Increase Your Productivity


In the past year here at CGD HQ we have learned how to be super productive and get as much done as we possibly can. If you regularly find yourself staring at the screen and sighing, looking for a way to take a break before you’ve even started, here are some tools you need to increase your productivity.

A planner that suits your needs
There is something magical about writing your plans down in a great planner. Even if you have a record of your upcoming events online already, get them down on paper, because writing them by hand will help you remember them. Decorate your planner with washi tape and photos of things you’re saving up for if you need a little motivation boost.

One of our favourites, Wunderlist is perfect for team projects, holding each other accountable by adding tasks and assigning them to your teammates by a date and a time and sending them notifications and reminders. It’s a great way to stay accountable and could even work for tasks you have to do at home.

Google Drive 
Our favourite place to keep all our documents, spreadsheets, presentations and brainstorms. Google Drive lets us all have access to our documents wherever we are, and we can even have access to them offline. Our favourite thing about drive is that we don’t have to worry about saving our documents, we don’t have time for that.

Evernote is great for planning parties, projects and brainstorming in a visual way that doesn’t include tonnes of paper. You can attach images, videos, links and share your files with friends and team members.

SaneBox is your personal assistant when it comes to dealing with emails. It’ll clear your account of those non-essential (nuisance) emails and put them in a SaneLater folder. It learns your preferences and lets you save precious time!


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  • Pillow Story

    There is also an app called nozbe. Its a to do list that works according to the “getting things done” method. I didnt read the book GTD, but the app is a m a z i n g .

    • Sounds amazing! Thanks for the tip :)

  • LisaLDN

    Never heard of SaneBox, I’ll have to look further into it! Sounds like a great help :)

    — LisaLDN.com

  • Another Ranting Reader

    I love my wall planner – I write everything I’m doing down and it’s so useful!

    Jemima x

  • Grace

    I 100 percent recommend that everyone uses a planner! Even though I always have my phone with me, I find it so much easier to have somewhere tangible to write everything down.

    That Twenty Something

  • Kathy

    I love using evernote, especially for school because that way I can access my work and notes on any device I have with me! :)

    Kathy xx

  • Andi

    Great advice! Especially for this time in my life, as I’m trying to make blogging a career :)

    -Andi: andivsworld.wordpress.com

  • Camille Beygui

    Great post !


    Inspiring post!

  • Angela Brdas

    It is so important to stay organised and even though I have my phone calendar I still love to have my planner with me as I think visually seeing what you need to do rather than looking at a screen all the time makes me more actionable as it isn’t as easy to delete what you have written down like on your phone calendar.

    Ange xx | http://www.alleluiatobeauty.com

  • Tatyana K Afeli

    Amazing! Thank you for the tips CGD, this will be extremely useful in the future! x

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