Productivity | Dominik Mayer – Products, Asia, Productivity

The Most Helpful Techniques

Personal Productivity

Getting Things Done: The productivity technique. If you read one book, read this one. You will learn how to deal with all the stuff around you without being overwhelmed.

Zettelkasten: A way of taking interconnected notes.

Atomic Habits set you up for success.

Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes of uninterrupted work. Then a five minute break and back to work.

Envelope Budgeting to manage your finances.

How a password changed my life: How often do you type your password? What if it would remind you of your goal?

Take a Nap! Change your life: Taking a nap works better (and is healthier) than drinking coffee.

Organizational Productivity

Use understandabe language (great Elon Musk mail).

Holacracy roles & governance meetings.

Checklists to reduce risks.

Shape Up for fast-feedback intertwined product and software development.

Notion as a beautiful, easy to use knowledge base, database and ticketing system.

Actionable metrics to see where you’re standing and where you’re heading.

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) plus weekly alignment meetings.

The Tools you Need


Things for managing tasks and projects.

Obsidian for notes and reference material.

Groove for time-boxed focused productivity sessions.

Arc as a modern browser.

You Need A Budget to keep track of your money.

Hey to fix e-mail.

Fitbod for working out.

1Password to store sensitive data.

The Best Productivity Apps for Mac: My list of small but essential helpers.

Lights: The dashboard of your life (Notion template).

Remote Work

Twist as a deep-work focused Slack alternative that supports you rather than distracting you.

Krisp to remove background noises so you can have a call next to a construction site without anyone noticing.

Meeter to quickly join meetings across different accounts without having to manually switch them.

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