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PYW Asks: What is the #1 productivity tool you can’t do without?

by Celine on April 25th, 2008

Pimp Your Work Asks: What is the number one productivity tool you can’t do without? Is it a web app? A set of index cards? Or the office whiteboard? Why is it important to your productivity?

To participate, simply answer the question in the comments.

Photo Credit: Image by Celine Roque from Blue Rabbit Media


8 opinions for PYW Asks: What is the #1 productivity tool you can’t do without?

  • Jennifer
    Apr 25, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Well, since all I need to work is my laptop and my brain, I’m going to have to go with one of those. I suppose which one I’d choose depends on my mood. Tonight I’d go with brain, I can replace the laptop.

    After that my office max brand red pens. I cannot live without red pens. If I check something off my to-do list or blog schedule with a black pen, it seems like I didn’t do it. Dumb I know. But if I don’t use red, I’ll sit there staring at the calender like a monkey, thinking, “Does black mean it’s done?????” Duh…

  • Chris @ Logo Design Shopper
    Apr 25, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Little black unruled Moleskine notebooks. Small enough to fit in your pocket. Stylish enough to impress the clients. Tonnes of pages for notes, diagrams and doodles.

    (I’m not on commission for them, honest :) )

    I would suggest those in conjunction with David Allen’s Getting Things Done system. All good stuff that keeps too much stuff from falling off the radar!


  • Karl Edwards
    Apr 25, 2020 at 6:18 am

    A cup of hot coffee and my laptop. We’re all sitting here together right now. I don’t think I’d know who I am without them.

  • Sandie Law
    Apr 25, 2020 at 9:39 am

    My Moleskin - I’ve hacked it to include a planner section. It also functions as a catch all for ideas and project notes. It’s been a lifesaver.

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  • Ian Furst
    Apr 26, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Excel/Pivottables — I found more information about the business by playing with data in one spreadsheet than a year of customer satisfaction survey’s.

  • D.L.
    Apr 27, 2020 at 4:06 am

    For me it’s Roboform. This generates random passwords for weblogins and saves them as passcards. Then to log into a website, you just click the passcard, it takes you there, fills in the forms (e.g. username and password) and submits it for you.

    Saves filling in all those forms!


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