17 Productivity Gurus to Follow Right Now

May 07, 2017 Anonymous 0 Comments

At Timeboost, we want to make your time as efficient as possible. So, we’ve done the work of pulling together an excellent list of the most influential thought leaders in productivity and time management today, as well as their top tips. Follow these visionaries and learn from the best in the business. Your Twitter feed will thank you.

Let us know in the comments if we’re missing your favorite productivity master!

1. David Allen - “Stop focusing on your goals and get shit done”
The founder of Getting Things Done, Allen is revered in productivity circles for his famous methodology. GTD has passionate followers all around the world, especially in the worlds of tech and business. His foundational, five-step system will teach you how to get more done in less time with less stress. Allen’s famous Two-Minute Rule is also a great tip for Timeboosters: If you can take care of something in two minutes, get it off your plate right away.

2. Tim Ferris - “Start your day by writing down your intentions”

Ferris may be the most famous productivity guru in the world. The author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” he has inspired millions of people to do more with their day and their lives. He’s a big believer in focusing on doing the right things first — not necessarily on doing things more efficiently. He recommends waking up an hour before you need to sit in front of a computer screen, and asking yourself: “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?” His latest book, “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers,” is a must-read for Timeboosters.

3. Cal Newport - “Focus is the new IQ”
A professor at Georgetown University, Newport writes about how technology affects the world we live in. He’s best known for his book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, in which he argues that the ability to focus on a “cognitively demanding” task without distraction has become one of the most valuable skills to master in the information age. Newport intentionally doesn’t tweet and, in fact, suggests that you quit social media in order to be more productive.

4. Laura Vanderkam - “Schedule a ‘power hour’ first thing in the morning”
One of the most noted productivity gurus out there, Vanderkam has authored books such as 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. She believes that the first step toward using your time more wisely is to actually track exactly how you’re spending it. (The Timeboost app can help with that.) Vanderkam says mornings tend to have an outsized effect on your productivity for the rest of the day. So focus on making the most of your mornings.

5. Shawn Blanc - “Use a productivity journal along the way”
The founder of Tools Toys and The Sweet Setup, Blanc is a productivity blogger with a rabid following. One of his top time-management strategies is to take five minutes after breakfast and schedule out his entire day. He schedules everything. That includes when he watches Netflix, when he takes a nap, and when he plays trains with his kids. “When I’ve got that plan for how I’m going to spend my time, and what I’m going to do when, I get more done during the day, and my day is significantly less stressful,” he writes.

6. Chris Bailey - “Time to take a break from your smartphone for the real world”
A passionate explorer of productivity since he was a teenager, Bailey is a speaker, author and consultant specializing in productivity. The author of the Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy, he has performed countless experiments on himself to learn how to become the “most productive man you’d ever hope to meet,” as the TED Talks blog once described him.

7. Craig Jarrow - “Keep your to-do list sorted by priority”
Jarrow runs a popular and influential blog called Time Management Ninja, where he helps Timeboosters “win the battle against wasted time, disorganization, and all other things evil.” His blog posts have collected in a book, Crush Your Procrastination: The Best of Time Management Ninja.


8. Kayla Matthews - “There are benefits to being an early bird”
A tech journalist and blogger, Matthews writes frequently about the intersection of technology and productivity. She edits and manages the blog, Productivity Bytes, which covers tech news, tech-focused productivity tips, new apps, and gadgets.

9. Mike Vardy - “Always put YOU first”
One of the web’s leading productivity experts, Vardy is the former editor-in-chief of productivity site, Lifehack.org, and the creator of the Productivityist Podcast. His recent book, The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want, applies the game of golf to productivity and goal setting.

10. Leo Babauta - “Declutter for 15 minutes every day”
Author of a widely read blog, ZenHabits, Babauta has transformed his life by “focusing on one habit at a time.” He’s known as a minimalist and has helped others in this journey of mindfulness and simplicity with his Sea Change program. His teachings are also available in his book, Essential Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change, Briefly.

11. Annie Mueller - “Less creativity can make you more creative”
A widely published writer, Mueller delivers witty insights about productivity and work-life balance, often with funny stick-figure drawings. Her main motivation is to teach you how to take action. “Organization doesn’t matter as much as action,” she writes. You can get more tips in her book, The Freakishly Productive Guide to Taking Action.

12. Steve Pavlina - “Accept that many results require hard work”
A motivational speaker and writer, Pavlina runs one of the most popular personal development blogs on the web at StevePavlina.com. His central theme is conscious growth  “How we can deliberately invite, process, and integrate new growth experiences?” According to Pavlina, the biggest driver of growth is intelligence. Grab his free Kindle book here: Productivity: How to Triple Your Productivity Within a Month, and Do a Full’s Day Work in 90 Minutes.

13. Shane Parish - “Instead of thinking of ways to optimize your time, start thinking about ways you’re wasting your time”
Parish is the founder of Farnam Street, which teaches people how to be more effective readers to get more out of what they’re reading. His time management tips include working in 90-minute chunks, leaving 2-4 hours per day that are unplanned so you have time to think deeply, and stop reading books after 50 pages if you’re not getting enough out of them.

14. Erin Falconer - “Work smart, not just hard”
Falconer is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of productivity blog Pick the Brain, and the co-owner of LeafTV, a lifestyle destination for women. According to Falconer, “working smart is one of the biggest factors separating those who succeed and those who fail.” She says it’s critical to have a clear plan for each day and specific goals for what you want to achieve that day.

15. Elizabeth Saunders - “Invest your time like your money”
The founder of Real Life E, Elizabeth is a time management coach who helps entrepreneurs and other clients make smarter decisions with their schedules. She is the author of “The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: Achieve More Success with Less Stress.” One of her top tips is to say “no” as often as possible and just focus on what really matters to move forward with your goals.

16. Daniel Gold - “Always evaluate your effectiveness at the end”
An attorney and legal educator, Gold is best known for being an expert at using and optimizing Evernote, which he calls a “life management tool.” He uses the note-taking tool for everything, for his work, his blog, and his family life. Gold is also a fan of the Getting Things Done methodology. You can find all of his tips in his e-book, “Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Capturing Everything and Getting Things Done.”

17. Brian Tracy - “Success comes when you do what you love to do, and commit to being the best in your field”
A coach, consultant and speaker, Brian Tracy has developed many ways to make life more productive and rewarding. He’s an author of 70 different books, including Eat That Frog!: Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.