MemberMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Let’s be real [r/Entrepreneur](https://www.hq.com/r/Entrepreneur/) most productivity tools suck. I see a lot of over-hyped, well marketed, bloated apps that add zero value to the bottom line IMO.
I’m interested in tools that save me time, increase the quality of my brain cycles, better my performance, and in fact make me a productive beast at work and life.
**My Optimal Performance Stack:**
**RiseScience** – [https://www.risescience.com/](https://www.risescience.com/)
* This is the only sleep optimization app I could find that actually made a dent in my day-to-day. For example, It tells you when to leverage your circadian peaks for better performance.
**Roam Research** – [https://roamresearch.com/](https://roamresearch.com/)
* My go to for top-level ideation, documentation, and general note taking. Far superior than Gdocs, Notion, and the rest, in my experience.
**Calm** – [https://www.calm.com/](https://www.calm.com/)
* I’ve always been tool agnostic in regards to mindfulness/meditation but Calm is great for gamification and has a great content library.
**SuperHuman** – [https://superhuman.com/](https://superhuman.com/)
* I’ve always hated email – still do. I try to spend no more than 90m total email time p/w. SuperHuman has been great in helping me get to inbox zero and increasing my output. Also heard good things about Hey but yet to put it to the test.
**Zero Fasting** – [https://www.zerofasting.com/](https://www.zerofasting.com/)
* Next to sleep, Intermittent fasting has been the biggest catalyst in sustained productivity for me. Zero Fasting happens to be the best designed tool to track/regulate my IF regimen.
**Do you guys integrate productivity tools in your day-to-day?**
If so, what are some of your favorite tools to use?
**PS.** I know productivity goes beyond tools and encompasses mental models, lifestyle practices, etc. Feel free to recommend good tips/hacks if you have them.
**PPS.** Beside using them I have no affiliation with the tools mentioned.
VariationSmoothGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Thank you for sharing your picks.
I’m a fan of Time Rescue Time, Yac, and Notion as far as productivity tools go.
Biggie-FallsGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Superhuman looks great, thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately it only accepts Gmail and g-suite if you use it for work so not quite an outlook replacement just yet.
joelcoreyGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Obsidian is a quality competitor to Roam.
calvers70GuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
The review section (Android) on that Rise app is a dumpster fire. The app looks broken AF
DavidOrzcGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
There are many useful tools out there, but for me, the most powerful productivity hacks I have found are these two:
1) Turn off my laptop and phone when I’m tired in the evening and just go to sleep. If I went to sleep too soon and woke up too early, I just stay in bed relaxed (unless I feel completely rested and full of energy, in which case I excercise a bit).
2) Doing calisthenics. I don’t waste time going to the gym anymore, and the effects on my health are even better: I feel more energized and focused during the day than when I lifted weights at the gym. Of course, that doesn’t mean it will work better for everyone.
Those two things help me stay sharp for long hours, which translates into (I hope) better decisions and less mistakes.
OfAllThatIsElfuegoGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Was gonna download and give Rise a try… but a 2.0 rating on android ????
I’ve been using Sleep Cycle and have had great results in the morning. I’ll check back on Rise in a few months.
ASPC-ConsultingGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
What does your IF regimen look like? I usually try 18 hrs off
AllaboutPCGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
RiseScience isn’t nearly as good as getting a smart alarm that learns the best time to wake you up. FYI this is a friend’s startup, but it works great for me: [TAVO](https://www.tavosleep.com)
OPengiunGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
You know what other tools also help productivity? Stepping away from the computer for a while, quitting alcohol, getting enough sleep, eating right, etc.. It’s all pretty straight forward and no need for websites.
Man… the “there’s an app for that” culture is getting out of hand.
vishaliitr2003GuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Entrepreneurship is a demanding job. The grill that one has to go through to bring something up from scratch to a monetizable product is a herculean task. There are many ups and downs in this journey and it’s important in these critical moments that we keep connecting with the fundamental of life and be in a balanced state. Nothing could be more fundamental than the process of breathing itself.
Taking the liberty of sharing a simple android app that helps you learn various breathing techniques in simple ways
Hope you guys like it.
If you do find it useful, please share it with your friends and family. Else let us know what doesn’t work so that we can improve upon it.
marc_astburyGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Great tools, I would add Notion, Airtable, and Zapier.
**We all known Zero fasting is the real superpower.*
br_shadowGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
What features does Roam have that you couldn’t find in Obsidian?
OfficialAlkaseltzerGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Calm became a billion dollar company. Insane.
CornBeWithYouGuestMarch 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Did Rise recently improve their UI? Their reviews on google store are horrendous.