#62 Your personal productivity stack

February 11, 2021
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Each of us relies on a set of tools to help us be as efficient as possible and keep all of our tasks in order. Some of us are paper notebook aficionados, others swear by endless Google docs, and still others are always looking for the latest app that will make them more productive.

But the truth is there isn’t a magic bullet.

And chances are, it won’t be just one perfect application or planner that solves your organizational needs. It will be a personalized and cultivated combination of tools—much like the tech stacks that organizations rely on to build a website.

Think of it as your personal productivity stack.

One of our team members found his magic combination of a moleskine notebook, Basecamp, Spark email, Google Keep, Slack, and Feedly.

Another relies on a paper planner, Google Drive, Slack, Basecamp, Teamline, Buffer, and daily “hot lists” written on notecards.

It’s taken our team years to figure out what works for us. We’ve experimented and iterated and downloaded every cool new app with the hope that it will bring something new and wonderful to our stack. (Most don’t. Let’s be honest.)

Some tools help us collaborate. Some help us focus. And some just keep our many disparate tasks and links and documents in order.

And in all the testing and exploring, we’ve landed where we are now: With very personal, carefully curated collections of digital and analog tools that work for us.

If you’re looking to evaluate your own stack—or simply need help getting started—reach out! We’d love to schedule a few minutes (for free!) to help you problem solve and find your own secret stack sauce. Shoot us an email at [email protected] and let’s find some time to chat.

Allison Kooser

Allison is Chief Storyteller at Swell+Good, where she partners with amazing organizations to help them bring their stories to life. She is an avid traveler, an expert takeout orderer, and a big believer in curiosity and kindness. She tries to learn something new every day, and she reads, writes, and paddleboards more than the average human.
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