3 FREE Productivity Tools That WORK (Simple & Effective)

3 FREE Productivity Tools That WORK (Simple & Effective)


Are you busy all the time, yet not seeing
the progress you want? Struggling with procrastination? If so, this video is for you. Hi, I’m Eric. In this video, I’ll share with you the 3 tools
I use to eliminate time-wasting and get more done. You’ll learn where to get them, how they work,
and why they’re effective. If you use all 3 of these tools, you can greatly
boost your productivity overnight. Oh, and they’re all completely free. Ready? Let’s get into it. We’ve all been there… You’re working on something important. You know it’s in your best interest to finish
it. And yet, you just can’t seem to stay focused. Your would-be productive hours are torn apart
by all kinds of distractions. At the end of the day, you have that bad feeling
in your gut that only procrastination can give you. Deep down, you know that you didn’t do what
you could have done. Here’s the deal: If left unchecked, procrastination will kill
your dreams. When it’s all said and done, we may be talking
about weeks, months, even years, of wasted time. If you want to succeed, this needs to end,
now. This brings us to the first productivity tool
on our list… Forest is a light-weight app that intercepts
your bad browsing habits and keeps you focused on the task at hand. If you’ve been struggling a lot with time-wasting,
this tool alone may double your output, if not more. To start, go to www.forestapp.cc. On the left side of the top menu, you’ll find
a link that’ll take you to a download page. Click it, and you’ll be taken to a page where
you can download Forest directly. After it’s been added and activated, you’ll
see an icon of a sprouting plant appear in your tool bar. Forest is very simple to use, yet incredibly
effective. To begin, click the Forest icon in your toolbar,
and then the cogwheel. You’re now on the settings page, where you
can choose between two modes: The blacklist or the whitelist. The Blacklist Mode is recommended for most
projects. To use this mode, you’ll first have to add
the URLs of websites you want to disable during your work sessions. Be brutally honest with yourself here — type
in every last one of your most common distractions. Facebook, reddit and Youtube are added by
default. The whitelist mode does the exact opposite
of the blacklist. Instead of adding the URLs you want to avoid,
you enter the ones you’ll need to use for your work. When you’re ready to begin a work session,
click on the Forest icon in your tool bar once again. Select the amount of time you want to work
uninterrupted, and click on the image of the plant. Let’s say you’ve gone with the Black List
mode (recommended in most cases). The URL’s you’ve added to the list will now
be blocked for the remainder of your work session. When your bad habits start pulling you away
from your work and onto one of these time-wasting sites, you’ll be met with this screen: A clear-cut message that tells you that you’ve
still got X amount of time left to complete your session. If you want to access your time-wasting bait,
you’ll have to click the “Give up” button and watch your tree wither and die. Sad stuff! In other words, your conscious mind will get
the opportunity to intercept your bad habits, which are subconscious in nature. To procrastinate, you must now actively decide
to abandon your duties and admit defeat. There is simply no opportunity to mindlessly
drift away from your work. Despite the simple nature of the tool, this
interception process can be extremely powerful. Bottom line: As long as you’re honest with yourself when
building your blacklist, Forest can give you a big productivity boost from the get-go. Try it out and see for yourself. Your computer screen gives off what’s called
blue light — which we also get naturally from the sun. This is all well and good in the daytime,
since blue light signals to our bodies that it’s time to get up and face the day. In a natural environment, we would get less
and less blue light exposure as the sun sets. This would then trigger our bodies to release
the hormone melatonin, which makes us feel sleepy. Unfortunately, when we’re staring into our
bright-lit screens late into the night, the secretion of melatonin can be suppressed. This can make it very hard to fall asleep,
and increases our chance of waking up during the night. If this goes on for a long time, it can lead
to really bad sleep habits that will seriously affect your productivity. F.lux is a software that changes the lighting
of your pc monitor depending on the time of day. Once it’s set up, it will automatically regulate
the amount of blue light produced by your screen. This, in turn, will let your body release
melatonin as it gets darker around you — preparing you for sleep. As a bonus, it will also help reduce eye strain. Go to justgetflux.com. Download it by clicking on the blue button
right on the front page. When your download is completed, run the “flux-setup.exe”
file and install the software. Once it’s installed, you’ll want to set your
general location as well as your regular wake time. F.lux will then change the light settings
to what’s best suited for you. If you want, you can always change the values
manually, or select a preset. Should you need to disable F.lux momentarily
(when you’re doing color-sensitive work, for example) you can easily do so from the right
click menu. Bottom line: F.lux will help get you ready for bed by automatically
reducing blue light exposure as it gets darker. Doing so reduces eye strain and encourages
a healthier sleep pattern. Once you start getting enough high-quality
sleep, you’ll experience a major productivity boost. Even if you have a good idea of what you’re
supposed to be doing, it’s easy to lose track as the days go by. In order to reach your goals as fast as possible,
having a to-do list is essential. It breaks down your tasks into bite-sized
chunks that are easy to manage. Whenever you feel like you’re losing sight
of it all, you can quickly and easily reorient yourself. There are tons of apps that are meant to help
you organize your tasks. You’ll often hear people recommend advanced,
feature-rich software like Evernote and Wunderlist. Personally, however, I’ve found that there’s
tremendous power in simplicity. If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend
creating a minimalist to-do list. I’ve tried all kinds of apps and addons, but
nothing has given me better results than this. Here’s how to create a minimalist to-do list: In the word processor of your choice, create
a new document. Add two lines to it. Above the first line, type your goals for
the next day. Above the second line, type your goals for
the week. Below the second line, type your goals for
the month. Whenever you complete a specific goal, highlight
that text and put a line through it. At the end of a day, week or month, delete
the completed lines and add new ones. Make sure to open this list every single day
until it becomes a regular habit — like making breakfast. A helpful tip is to drag and drop the document
file to the center of your desktop, so it stands out. For the daily goals, it’s best to remove the
completed ones and add new items each night before bed time. This way, you’ll get a nice sense of achievement
before you go to sleep, and you’ll know exactly what to do the next day. And there you have it — the 3 most effective
productivity tools I’ve ever used. In my experience, there’s no need for fancy
timetables, graphs or popup alerts. The tools mentioned here are all free, simple
to set up and easy to work with. So, there’s really no excuse to not give them
a try. If you keep using all 3 of them, your productivity
levels will skyrocket in no time.

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