The need to be productive is ingrained in who we are as human beings on some level. We oftentimes have to do yoga and meditate and breathe deeply in order to consciously slow down our minds and bodies, but when we do it helps us focus and be more productive when the time comes. Instead of constantly moving and doing, we should take periods of thoughtful breaks... or veg out in front of the TV or a sunset. And sleep at night! Then, when we're ready again, we can tackle that to-do list. Rinse and repeat.
Honoring this cycle of moving through active and restful states, our productivity series this year brought to us by author Kevin Sonney showcases open source tools and more efficient processes while paying attention to healthy practices for incorporating them and respecting the person doing the implementing, you.
Tools and technology
The software, the apps, and the programs... they are the tools we wield when we're ready to sit down and get stuff done. Here are nine open source tools you should know.
- Improve your productivity with this lightweight Linux desktop
- 3 plain text note-taking tools
- How to use KDE's productivity suite, Kontact
- How Nextcloud is the ultimate open source productivity suite
- Schedule appointments with an open source alternative to Doodle
- Use Joplin to find your notes faster
- Use your Raspberry Pi as a productivity powerhouse
Processes and practices
Despite the criticism, is email still a favorite way for you to get stuff done? Improve on this process even more with these tips:
- 3 email rules to live by in 2021
- 3 steps to achieving Inbox Zero
- Organize your task list using labels
- 3 tips for automating your email filters
- 3 email mistakes and how to avoid them
We often need to work with others and ask important questions to get work done and tasks completed, so scheduling meetings is an important part of being productive.
Preparing and caring for our mental state while we work is critical to being productive. Kevin shows us how to prioritize, reflect, take care, reduce stress, rest, and focus.
- How I prioritize tasks on my to-do list
- Tips for incorporating self-care into your daily routine
- Why keeping a journal improves productivity
- 3 stress-free steps to tackling your task list
- 4 tips for preventing notification fatigue
- Open source tools and tips for staying focused
- How I de-clutter my digital workspace