The 20 Best Productivity and Personal Development Blogs

personal-developmentOne of the things that many freelancers struggle with is that we find it hard to manage time. No matter how much we wish there were more hours in a day, the fact is that a day is only going to consist of 24 hours. If we can’t straighten our priorities, our productivity level and creativity isn’t going through shine through our work.

Having said good bye to 2009, it’s time to take control of our career and get things done, faster and more effectively. We’ve been creating lists of sites that we think will help freelancers learn more. We recently created a list of some of the top social media blogs and SEO related sites.

Today we are bringing you a list of some of the best productivity and personal development related blogs on the web.

20 Blogs You Should Read

Listed below are some of the best blogs in this particular field. Whether you are trying to get more out of a day for your business or personal life, we are sure these sites will help you achieve get more done. Just read and apply what they have to offer. We’ve also included a brief excerpt from each site to give you an idea what they are about.

Please note that the list below is not a ranking and the blogs mentioned are in no particular order.

  1. GTD Times: GTD Times is the official blog of David Allen and the David Allen Company. It’s the hub for ‘all things GTD’ where you can read the latest Getting Things Done and David Allen Company news, reviews and personal experience with tools and GTD-supportive technology, as well as GTD tips, tricks and strategies to help each of us lead happier, healthier, and more successful lives.
  2. Pick The Brain: PickTheBrain diverges from traditional “self-help” by taking a broader approach. Rather than sticking to a small set of topics, the site covers anything related to self improvement. Any information that people can use to live more prosperous, satisfying lives is a potential article.
  3. Unclutterer: Unclutterer is the website for home and office organization. It’s not just for the helplessly disorganized who would lose their heads if they weren’t attached, and pack rats looking to put their stashes on a diet, but also for obsessive compulsive neat freaks looking to squeeze even more order into their lives.
  4. PluginID: PluginID, named after the slogan ‘Plug into Your Identity’, is a site about helping you realise who you are, and perhaps more importantly, who you are not. The aim of this site is to awaken, inspire and motivate others into seeing that they can be who they want to be and live the life they want to live.
  5. Life Optimizer: Life Optimizer is about living your life to the fullest. The author believes many people (him included) live below their maximum potential. While they do achieve things in life, there are still many more they can achieve. The problem here is they do not optimize their life. There are aspects of their life which can be made better and more effective than they are now.
  6. The Positivity Blog: The Positivity Blog is focused on positivity and opening up new possibilities for happiness and awesomeness through motivating and practical articles on how to improve your life.
  7. Marc and Angel Hack Life: At “Marc and Angel Hack Life” the authors enjoy sharing practical thoughts on a broad range of topics pertaining to life, hacks, productivity, aspirations, health, work, tech and general self improvement.
  8. Get More From Life: The author started writing down ideas, thoughts and experiences in trying to answer questions. Today this website has over 600 articles and hundreds of comments from readers like you, hopefully moving us forward in finding the answers.
  9. Product Flourishing: Productive Flourishing is about the art of meaningful action. This blog is for people who are interested in being holistic, integrated people, can’t press pause on their life while they learn how to fix it and have to learn to fix their plane while it’s flying, are tired of productivity and personal development being about things instead of people.
  10. On Simplicity: On Simplicity is all about creating a happier, easier, more enjoyable life for yourself. What if you had fewer items on your to-do list, but they all got done? What if you had fewer time commitments, but enjoyed every single one of them? What if you had fewer possessions, but you truly valued all of them? That’s the power of simplicity: amplifying life’s pleasures by clearing out the clutter that gets in their way.
  11. Web Worker Daily: WebWorkerDaily was launched by GigaOM’s Om Malik in September 2006 and is written by a growing team of writers who cover the future of work in a post-broadband world. We offer practical tips and advice for anyone who uses the web for work, especially those who want to use the web to be more productive, more connected and more successful than they could otherwise.
  12. Illuminated Mind: The purpose of Illuminated Mind is to incite a ruthless resolve deep within to go with yourself; to empower and emancipate your most authentic self.
  13. Four Hour Work Week: Timothy Ferriss, the author of this blog has been nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007,” is an angel investor and author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been sold into 35 languages.
  14. Steve Pavlina: Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, attracting more than two million monthly readers to his website, StevePavlina.com.
  15. Litemind: Every event, feeling, problem or opportunity only exists through the filter of our minds. Putting simply, your mind is the world you live in. All results you get are directly related on how well you use it. But very few people actively pursuit ways to fully develop their potential through a more efficient use of their minds. This site will help you explore ways to use your mind efficiently.
  16. Zen Habits: Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. It also happens to be one of the Top 100 blogs in the world, is uncopyrighted.
  17. Lifehack: This site is dedicated to lifehacks. The phrase describes any hacks, tips and tricks that get things done quickly by automating, increase productivity and organizing. This site is built around this theme. This blog is endorsed by many major newspapers and publishers, and it is rated in the #100 most popular blog in the blogosphere.
  18. Dumb Little Man: A popular blog that covers productivity and all sort of lifehack. A must add for anyone looking to simplify their lives and take control. This site is all about finding simple ways to do things.
  19. Lifehacker: An award-winning daily blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently. Lifehacker launched in January 2005, and now ranks as one of the top-linked blogs on the internet.
  20. Urban Monk: UrbanMonk aims to provide a free companion in your personal development journey inwards into yourself and outwards into the urban world – modern life, entwined with ancient spirituality.

Your Turn to Share

We know there are far more than twenty productivity and personal development blogs. The ones listed above are a few that we recommend. If you would like to share some and recommend our readers ones you think should have been on this list, please feel free to let us know through your comments.

By the way, how are you planning to get more done this year? Your tips as usual are valuable. We would love to hear your take on how you manage time between a demanding freelance career and personal life.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for the list! These are some great sites for me to check out. If I could add one more, The Life Uncommon: http://www.thelifeuncommon.net/blog/ is a great resource for anyone pursuing an authentic path in life. It offers valuable information on following your dreams in life even if it isn’t what is expected of you. It is one of the websites I stumbled upon and came to love when I was in the midst of leaving my full-time job to pursue a freelance writing career.

  2. says

    @Glen, @Henrik and @Marc and Angel : You are welcome! Thanks for providing content that rock the productivity and personal development niche.

    @Raechel and @Cyndi : Thanks for sharing the links.

    @Mosotomoss, @Amy and @Amber : glad you guys found it useful :)

  3. says

    @ AC Gaughen : Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share the link. We appreciate it.

    @Simon : You are welcome Simon, It’s a pleasure.

  4. says

    Nice list…more things to read…now I’ve got to read the blog that helps me organise my day and my stuff…so many blogs…so little time…Thanks for the list…really :)

  5. says

    I’ve been a great fan of the zenhabits blog just because of the minimalism theme of the blog posts.

    I could probably read more of the other said blogs.

  6. says

    I just tweeted your post! Very good (and timely!) information as we head into a new year. Everyone, not just those starting an online business, need this type of list to reference and pull from. An honest ‘Thank you’!!

  7. says

    Thanks for the list. Getting time-organised is pretty important if you want to make the most of your career, so these blogs will definitely help.

  8. says

    Nice list! I found a few new ones to check out! I’ve always had lists upon lists of to-do’s. One thing that works for me is jumping ahead in my calendar to Friday each week and writing “what I got done this week” – try it! :)

  9. says

    Personal development is one of those areas that allow us to increase our value. Personal development is help to develop our self. There is so many way to improve personality trade magazines, online forums, seminars, books, video and audio courses, public speaking events etc. these techniques help for personal development.

  10. says

    Pretty interesting stuff. I will start with life hacker, they might have stuff that could help me with freelance work. I got a mentor at Mentor club for more personal help. I realize I could be quicker with business developments with some mentor help.

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  12. says

    Hi there – great list of Personal development blogs here! Thanks for putting this post together – it sure will keep people organized on their quests to evolve both personally and professionally.

    I actually work on a personal development site that has some really great information and articles too. I’d highly recommend checking it out: http://personaldevelopment.suite101.com/.

    Jerry Looper, an experience professional development coach, is the feature writer. He’s come out with two books and also has an electronic course people can take as well.

    Cheers,

    Melissa

  13. says

    Great Post! I’m encouraged by your interest in helping people worldwide.
    It’s not really how fast time goes that matters, but how wisely we use the time that God has given us. Nothing is more valuable than love for one another and a strong faith in God. Look for wonderful things that determine you rather than paying too much attention to things that are wrong. I Do, Do I? – Yes, You Do!

  14. says

    With absolutely no humility at all I nominate my own blog. In fact, I wrote the foreword to my own book. Hey, if you can’t praise yourself, how can you call yourself a personal performance guru?

  15. says

    Thanks Ritu for your effort in compiling the list. I am just starting to blog on the personal development niche with my ,more than 2-month old blog. I hope I could be one of them in the near future. But for now, I’ll check them out and get some wisdom on them.

  16. says

    Wow, I have checked out most of these blogs and what can I say they are the cream of the pie! I’m in personal development HEAVEN! Thanks so much for putting the time and the effort to find all these ad post them.

    Thanks!

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  18. says

    I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too

  19. says

    I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

  20. says

    I’m very glad this list exists and that personal development blogs are being noticed. I’m excited about putting my professional expertise and experience as a mental health therapist and person living with a disability to use in my blog. I’m already finding it satisfying and hope to continue connecting with more and more people!

  21. Syed says

    I think one blog that the list is missing is of Robin Sharma. He is actually a well known author of 11 bestselling books and one of the top leadership experts in the world. You can check his website out here: http://www.robinsharma.com

    He blogs daily and is definitely a good read for anyone interested in personal development related topics.

  22. says

    Personal development is just a stepping stone on achieving goals, but this serves as a foundation of stairways leading to it. To develop an individuals personality at early stages, greatly increases his/ her advantages in this world.

  23. says

    Great list of personal development blogs. I just started a personal development blog myself, so I hope to get some hints, tips, and ideas from the websites you listed.

  24. says

    Hi, Ritu!

    I’m Andrew. I found your blog at the top of a Google search as I was looking for a few well-recommended personal development blogs to add to my RSS reader. I write the 360 Minutes blog, and I’m always on the lookout for new content from folks with great ideas they’ve found to work for them. I get to “enjoy” an hour-long train ride twice a day, so it’s good to have enriching material to read.

    I really like your site’s navigation structure and wealth of resources, also. It’s definitely easy to find my way around and access the content.

    The list you’ve put together is absolutely great, and I’ll say thanks for bringing several to my notice that I was unaware of.

  25. says

    I recently found your blog and I am shocked to see that you missed the New Thought Blog named “Live Your Life with Prosperity and Success” @ http://newthoughtgeneration.com . It’s has some amazing articles and it’s one of the most interactive blog communities I’ve seen online. It will be worth checking out.

  26. says

    Thanks for posting up! I like reading things on steve pavlana blog! He has some good stuff on his blog concenring personal development! THere is another one that I like is Arina’s self-help blog that is out there. That has some good well=written content as well! If you have a chance stop my blog, which is called self=help enrichment at http://enlightened32.blogspot.com/. Thanks so much for posting all those top personal development blog!

  27. says

    Great resources. I would also like to recommend on Tony robbins Blog and program. It made me look at life at the right perspective and learn how to diffrentiate the most important things from others.

  28. says

    Hi Ritu, this is a great list!

    My favorite personal development blog is Randy Gage’s prosperity blog. It’s full of wonderful posts, which he does regularly & there’s always a great discussion and lots of controversy.

    Cheers,

    Josip Barbaric

  29. says

    Great list. For people interested in starting a consulting business, you can check out my blog (http://www.StartMyConsultingBusiness.com), where I talk about how to overcome your fears about starting a business, as well as staying motivated.

    I also talk about practical, concrete things you can do to start and run a successful consulting business, along with tools, tips, tricks, and techniques for automating your business on the cheap. I just released my first ebook (FREE), titled “Your $100 Professional Website”, and have other nuts-n-bolts topics on my blog as well.

  30. says

    I highly recommend our website and blog: MorningCoach.com

    We produce motivational content on a daily basis. Our podcast has been top rated on iTunes self help for over 3 years running. Check it out, and you be the judge!

    Thanks.

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  39. says

    Hey Ritu!

    Thanks for the list. I’m personally a big fan of Steve Pavlina (he’s mainly the one who got me into personal development) as well as Lifehack and Zenhabits!

    Nice blog by the way :-)

    Cheers!

  40. says

    Sweet list! I love p d blogs and have one myself that I’d love to see on your next list!

    Lots of authentic (and some raw) musings on life, relationships, success, and so on.

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  41. says

    Hi Ritu,

    Thanks for sharing this valuable list.

    My favourite personal development blog is PickTheBrain. The blog is full of pratical post about living life to the fullest. When I am feeling down, I turn to the blog for some motivational read. I feel better and rejuvenate after consume the contents.

    Truly enjoyable to share with you my favourite.

    Thanks for the list again.

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