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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


Creating Your Own Productivity Tools

From planner systems to no-code platforms to 3D printing, creating your own productivity tools today using analog or digital products has become easier than ever. But, how do you approach this so that you make an effective personal productivity tool for yourself, so not just scurrying down the proverbial rabbit hole?

That’s what we discuss in this week’s ProductivityCast! Creating your own productivity tools is possible, and we discuss the tools but also the strategy and methods to consider in approaching such an endeavor.

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In this Cast | Creating Your Own Productivity Tools

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Art Gelwicks

Francis Wade

Show Notes | Creating Your Own Productivity Tools

Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Special Theory of Productivity

General Theory of Productivity

Levenger Circa notebook system

Staples Arc

Office Depot OfficeMax TUL system

Moleskine Smart Writing Set

Scanmarker Air Pen Scanner - OCR Digital Highlighter and Reader - Wireless

Foundations of Programming (Lynda)


Getting Things Done (GTD) System in Google Sheets Tutorial



Microsoft Sharepoint

G Suite App Maker (this has been deprecated since the recording)

3D printing services:

ShapewaysSculpteoMore high-end, engineer-level 3D-printing: 3D Hubs

iOS Shortcuts (née Workflow)

Microsoft PowerAutomate (née Flow)

Tasker (Android)

Automate (Android)

Google Routines



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Voiceover Artist 0:00 Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17
And Welcome back, everybody to productivity cast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity, I'm Ray Sidney Smith.

Augusto Pinaud 0:20 I am Augusto Pinaud.

Francis Wade 0:22I'm Francis Wade.

Art Gelwicks 0:24 And I'm Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:25Welcome, gentlemen, welcome one and all who are listening to us today, what we're going to do is we're going to have a conversation on this episode about the topic of creating your own productivity tools. And the the topic came about from considering the idea that today with the proliferation of so many different ways in which you can create your own X or Y, whether that be in the analog world, to creating things in the digital space. We now have all of these tools at our fingertips, and I will wanted us to talk about the the wide range of these services and tools available to us, for us to make our own tools. And I think maybe some of the principles first would be the underpinning for the conversation, and then making our way into some of the analog and then digital aspects of available resources to create your own tools. So let's let's start at the, at the kind of foundational level, what are the fundamental elements that you want in a productivity tool?

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