The 10 Most Practical Productivity Blogs of 2017

Rob Nightingale 12-04-2017

Of the masses of productivity blogs out there, very few consistently give practical advice. Instead, they tend to focus on self-improvement, feel-good, and motivational pieces. If you’re into that kind of thing, that’s fine. But finding productivity blogs that focus more on practical strategies that you can implement right away isn’t so easy.


To cut through the chaff then, we’ve picked the top practical productivity blogs online today.

Yes, some of them have a few self-help-style articles. But the main reason they’ve been picked for this list is their focus on actionable content.

Stuff that you can actually implement right away, rather than just stuff for you to think about or to get you “fired up”. Get your bookmark button at the ready!

1. Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss and his insanely popular blog (and podcast) need little introduction. His four NYT-bestsellers (The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour BodyThe 4-Hour Chef, and Tools of Titans) have helped huge numbers of readers to improve their per-hour output by several multiples. His blog has been a productivity staple for almost 10 years.

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The focus of the blog is largely on “tools and tactics to change your life and business”. However, most posts are now for his podcast, where he deconstructs the success, habits, and rituals of some of the world’s top performers. It’s probably the best podcast on iTunes, with almost every episode containing a wealth of productivity tips The Powerful Truth About Productivity from 11 Months on the Road Is the pursuit of productivity over-hyped? When we are missing something fundamental, we should question our own notions of prodctivity. Here are four personal lessons on productivity learnt from 11 months on the road. Read More .

It’s also well worth your time to browse Ferriss’ archives via the “Topics” links in the sidebar. Some are pretty old, but almost all are still relevant.

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2. Asian Efficiency

The aim of Asian Efficiency is to help you achieve as much as possible, with minimum effort. The practical tips and tricks shared by the blog’s small group of writers focus largely on systems and techniques to improve efficiency.


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Some of the articles are incredibly detailed, so you might want to save them to a read later app Never Lose That Webpage Again: 6 Ways To Read It Later On Any Platform Few things are more frustrating than needing a bookmark only to find there's nothing you can do to visit it. Rest assured, however, because there's a handy solution. Read More to really dig in and take some notes How to Turn Gmail Into the Best Note-Taking App for You The same features that make Gmail an effective email client can make it a decent note-taking app. Try these tips and tricks to see some of the benefits. Read More . For starters, take their quiz to find out how productive you really are.

The site also has a decent podcast, which again focuses on practical tips, app comparisons, etc.

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3. James Clear

You could easily lose several hours browsing James Clear’s blog archive. Although there are plenty of posts theorizing about productivity, there are also lots of practical articles with a huge amount of value.

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Most of these articles are backed up by a healthy amount of scientific research and findings. This makes these articles especially interesting to people who are more analytically minded.  Clear obviously has a knack for finding old studies with real world applications.

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4. Workin’ It

Aimed at productivity for teams, Workin’ It contains a huge amount of practical advice that could transform your work life. Plus, there are some great personal productivity tips, too.

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The blog offers impressive lists of the best tools for certain tasks, tons of time-saving hacks, and reliable advice on improving team efficiency.

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5. Study Hacks

If there’s one person qualified to talk about productivity, it’s Cal Newport. As a professor, author of several books, and blogger, he’s certainly skilled when it comes to managing his time. And he’s sharing all of his secrets on Study Hacks.

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Often, Newport’s posts will explore high-level productivity ideas that he tests himself, then later fleshes out into books. The overarching theme is “decoding patterns of success”, looking at the importance of deep focused work Why Self-Discipline Is the Best Productivity Hack You Need What is the secret to get deep work done? Is it motivation or is it discipline? If you cannot focus and finish your work, here are some habit tips which will help you accomplish more. Read More , as well as digital minimalism, to produce your best output.

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6. Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Each post on Barking Up the Wrong Tree is based on research that gives insight into both productivity and personal development. Eric Barket finds scientific studies that can be applied to the real world and breaks these down into practical articles that anyone can follow.

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Being extremely well written (though not too pretty to look at), it turns out these articles are an incredibly valuable resource for the blog’s 275,000 subscribers.

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7. MakeUseOf

The Productivity section at MakeUseOf was officially introduced in 2016, but we’ve been exploring the topic for many years at that point. The section focuses on introducing readers to tools and techniques that can save you time and make you more efficient.


Most articles are all about making the most of the apps and gadgets you use, so they enhance your life, rather than being a hindrance.

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8. Unclutterer

If you want to get your home and office more organized and uncluttered, Unclutterer is a must-read. Yes, some of it may seem a little organization-obsessed, but the ideas you’ll pick up after reading just a few articles are definitely worth it.


The aim of the blog is to “make getting and staying organized fun and informative”. To help you make the most of the space available to you,”so that you can be more efficient at work and enjoy a more relaxing and serene environment at home”. As you can imagine, this is about much more than tech. It’s about organizing filing cabinets, food cupboards, gift buying, and much more.

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9. Lifehack

Lifehack focuses on offering “tips for life” and their productivity section is particularly impressive. These articles almost always cover practical tips and hacks that you can quickly implement into your own life.


The posts are generally short and to the point, making this a great option for some quick reading during your commute.

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10. Sebastian Marshall

Rather than being a “how-to” site, Sebastian Marshall’s blog shares his own experiments in productivity. The aim is to inspire readers to “increase your resourcefulness, resources, and have more impact with the resources you’ve got”.

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The blog isn’t updated that regularly, but there are some gems in the archives. These often explain systems that Marshall is trying out, and how they have impacted his own productivity. These personal “case studies” have helped the blog build a cult following over the last few years.

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A Mountain of Knowledge

Between all of these blogs there’s a mountain of knowledge for you to absorb. But as we all know, it’s far too easy to read article after article, yet fail to make any actual progress yourself. So be sure to remember and make use of all those productivity tips How to Easily Organize & Remember All the Life Hack Tips You Read We forget things if we don't repeat them. That's bad news for the endless words of wisdom we read every day. The good news is that forgetfulness can be beaten. Read More that are relevant to you.

And if you want to read a few other productivity blogs that aren’t so focused on “practical” tips, these are some of the best out there:

This is by no means an exhaustive list, though.

I’m sure there are other blogs you think deserve to be included on this list. Please share these in the comments below, and let us know why you think we should visit them!

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  1. Thanh Pham
    April 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks for the mention of Asian Efficiency. We're proud to help people become more productive every day.

    • Rob Nightingale
      April 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      No problem, Thanh! Thanks for stopping by, and keep up the great work!

  2. Aaron M
    April 13, 2017 at 1:04 am

    I think it's interesting, though not incorrect, that lifehacker is not on the list. It used to be the big one for productivity hacks, but that was some time ago before they were in gawker's pocket.

    • Rob Nightingale
      April 25, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      I did check out LifeHacker in detail while putting the list together, but much of their content isn't actually about productivity now, so it didn't seem right to include it...

  3. David Faulkner
    April 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    A bit cheeky to put yourselves on the list! :)

    I would move Michael Hyatt high into the top 10, but then I like his inspirational approach.

    • Rob Nightingale
      April 25, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      His blog is great, but I find his content to be more motivational than practical, however...