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Best Lifehacks of 2009: The Year in Review - Personal Productivity and Creativity Excerpt

Dustin Wax of Stepcase Lifehack posted this Best of 2009 - I am highlighting the Productivity and GTD links in this post.  Read the comprehensive blog post with 90 Best Links at

Personal Productivity and Creativity

Advice about getting productive makes up the core of Lifehack’s content, so naturally our most popular and most talked about posts this year were just that. From developing the right mindset to promoting creativity to finding inspiration and motivation, we offered tons of advice on getting things done.

  1. 12 Lists That Help You Get Things Done (Dustin M. Wax)
  2. Procrastination – NOT a Problem! (Francis Wade)
  3. 10 Best Productivity Books of 2009 (Dustin M. Wax)
  4. 11 Ways to Think Outside the Box (Dustin M. Wax)
  5. 8 Ways to Kill Clutter in 5 Minutes (David Pierce)
  6. Reaching Your Goals – Dutch Style (Christine Buske)
  7. New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work – Here’s Why (Steve Errey)
  8. How to Make Decisions Under Pressure (Joel Falconer)
  9. Limits and Creativity (Dustin M. Wax)
  10. The Daily Grind: A Matter of Momentum (Joel Falconer)
  11. 4 Pocket-Sized Tools to Help You Generate Killer Ideas Any Time, Anywhere (Chuck Frey)
  12. How to Think What Nobody Else Thinks (Paul Sloane)
  13. 9 Lists To Keep Updated, and Keep Handy (David Pierce)
  14. 10 Reasons Paper is The Most Flexible Productivity Platform (Joel Falconer)
  15. 3 Tips to Improve Memory Quickly (Steve Martile)
  16. How to Wake Up and Instantly Achieve Something Everyday (Paul Dickinson)
  17. Stripped GTD: 3 Habits That Make You More Productive (David Pierce)
  18. Ten Great Ways to Crush Creativity (Paul Sloane)
  19. Scoring 100% in Time Management (Francis Wade)
  20. 7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It (Annabel Candy)

My incomplete series on getting back on track with a productivity system, “GTD Refresh”, was quite popular but was never completed. The next step for me was supposed to be eliminating my email backlog and adopting an “Inbox Zero” approach, but frankly, email won. This year – I’m going to try again in 2010 and so you may well see more “GTD Refresh posts in the not-too-distant future.

2009 was bookended by two publications with something to offer the would-be personal productivity expert. David Allen’s Making It All Work revisited the core concepts of GTD and expanded on elements that had been weakly developed in his earlier work. You can read my lengthy review here: (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

And our most popular series, my “Back to Basics” posts from 2008, were collected, revised, and expanded (with 2 new chapters) in the release of Back to Basics Productivity which will be joined in 2010 by several more ebook releases.

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