Neil’s List: Productivity Apps

Neil’s Lists are where I share many of my favorite things that help me live a happier, healthier, smarter, and more productive life. I love reading other people’s recommendations lists and wanted to share my own. This idea of trusted recommendations is also central to the mission behind my startup Labdoor, which provides independent scientific reviews of vitamins and supplements. These lists are like my personal Labdoor for all the other stuff in my life that I use daily.

My Productivity System:

I love the idea of using technology as an extension for my brain. I have built a few different systems into apps on my phone and laptop that help me be more creative and productive.

  • Evernote
    • Evernote Is My Pensieve. I store every idea I can remember into Evernote and have saved thousands of notes over the past three years.
    • I also constantly return to my old notes and edit them, link them together, organize them into specific notebooks, and add bolded and highlighted sections to add meaning to my older writing.
  • Done
    • Done is a simple habit tracker. I have customized Done to be my personal scorecard where I track my good and bad habits and can use this data to easily see connections like meditate → sleep well and no alcohol → sleep well.
  • Tasks
    • Google Tasks connects into my Google Calendar and is the easiest way for me to see my time commitments vs. my task commitments each day.
    • I pick no more than three tasks per day that I schedule into Tasks that are the most important things I need to get done that day. I’ve tried a lot of different productivity tracking methods and this top three tasks system is the best way to track my true productivity.
  • Headspace
    • Headspace provides daily guided meditations by audio. I prefer Headspace over Calm and other meditation apps because of Headspace’s design and organization into simple themes like sleep, happiness, and productivity.