In this article we will discuss some every day productivity tools.
The list contains tools available to all known operating systems, for the purposes of this article I chose a Debian distribution. You can scan the list for any interesting findings or just explore one by one the presented tools.
1. Time management – Pomodoro
The pomodoro technique is a time management technique that uses a timer to break down work into intervals.
My tool of choice is the because it integrates seamlessly with my desktop. It is available for Linux, even though there are similar pomodoro applications for all operating systems.
2. Note management – Note Board
Note board is a productivity app for taking notes(!!). I use only the chrome extension as it supplement my workflow. In particular, I use it for saving small bits of any webpage for later study or further categorization into the google drive notes (see later).
3. Cloud storage – Google drive
Google drive is a free cloud storage solution by Google. It enables seamless sync with my android phone and my tablet, a good enough text editor and basic version control.
4. Reading list management – Pocket
Pocket is productivity tool which helps you manage and tide up your web reading list(you can also use it for videos). I use the chrome extension. The cool thing about pocket is that you can easily download the android app and have an offline version of your whole reading list in your phone, so you can save on your mobile plan.
5. Text editor – Vim
Vim is a highly configurable and by default extremely lightweight text editor. I use vim to write code, notes, blog posts and really anything. It’s clearly a personal choice here, so use any text editor you feel productive with.
6. Task management – Taskwarrior and Todoist
I am a fan of organised and well thought to-do lists that supplement my workflow and not dictate it. For this reason, I am using two tools to manage my to-do tasks.
For simple things that I also need to have available at my phone, I use Todoist , which provides a chrome extension and a phone application.
For more work related things or more complex tasks that for example have big descriptions I use Taskwarrior . Taskwarrior is Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from the command line.
7. Version control – Git
Finally, I cannot think how my workflow would be without the ability to create different versions of the same document either for testing or experimenting with an idea without keeping many files like file1.txt, file1_1.text etc. Git enables you to do exactly that. Git is for everyone who could benefit from the aforementioned workflow and not only for developers.
With this in mind, I also use Github to host in the cloud any git directories.
Productivity is a complex problem and finding the right tools for your workflow is a worthwhile quest. On the positive side, when I learned good enough the presented tools my workflow became more standardized and I stopped wasting time thinking about where to store a temporary small note(note board, vim) or when to take a break(pomodoro). I hope you find something useful in this list.