Creating Your Own Productivity Tools

Creating Your Own Productivity Tools

From planner systems to no-code platforms to 3D printing, creating your own productivity tools today using analog or digital products has become easier than ever. But, how do you approach this so that you make an effective personal productivity tool for yourself, so not just scurrying down the proverbial rabbit hole?

That’s what we discuss in this week’s ProductivityCast! Creating your own productivity tools is possible, and we discuss the tools but also the strategy and methods to consider in approaching such an endeavor.

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In this Cast | Creating Your Own Productivity Tools

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Art Gelwicks

Francis Wade

Show Notes | Creating Your Own Productivity Tools

Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Special Theory of Productivity

General Theory of Productivity

Levenger Circa notebook system

Staples Arc

Office Depot OfficeMax TUL system

Moleskine Smart Writing Set

Scanmarker Air Pen Scanner – OCR Digital Highlighter and Reader – Wireless

Foundations of Programming (Lynda)


Getting Things Done (GTD) System in Google Sheets Tutorial



Microsoft Sharepoint

G Suite App Maker (this has been deprecated since the recording)

3D printing services:

iOS Shortcuts (née Workflow)

Microsoft PowerAutomate (née Flow)

Tasker (Android)

Automate (Android)

Google Routines



Raw Text Transcript

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