Essential Productivity Training

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There’s nothing more satisfying than checking off your to-do list tasks as “done”.  But how many of us maintain the level of productivity we’d like to have every day?

Supercharge your efficiency with this powerhouse productivity course. Learn how to optimize your workflow so you can move seamlessly from task to task, using popular free tools like Evernote, Trello, Todoist, Hours, Google Calendar, and Slack.

What you will learn

In this online course, productivity expert Francesco D'Alessio will guide you in choosing the right productivity applications for your needs and how to best use each application.

You will learn how to create smart notes for maximum recall, set goals and keep tabs on progress, track where your time is being spent, and effectively communicate with your team.

Apps are a tool to your productivity like a shoe is to a runner. You will use them to support the productive habits and systems you create, helping to increase your output and execute on your plans.

By the end of the course, you will be able to unleash your productivity to meet deadlines at work, achieve personal goals, and get more done in less time.

Who this productivity course is for

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to increase their productivity. Whether you’re a solopreneur or part of a team, this essential productivity training will teach you how to keep busywork at bay through thoughtful organization, planning, and collaboration.


  • 35 practical tutorials
  • Choose the right productivity application without wasting time or effort
  • Learn when you should and shouldn’t go Premium with a productivity app
  • Take the most effective and comprehensive notes in Evernote with tags, shortcuts, note data, and more
  • Design the perfect kanban board on Trello for personal and collaborative work
  • Use Trello’s functions and features to effectively plan events, an editorial calendar, and more
  • Intelligently setup projects on Todoist for yourself and add members to shared projects
  • Use labels, filters, colors, inbox set-ups and more to improve your Todoist experience
  • Keep track of how you are spending your time on activities, projects and clients with Hours
  • Boost your Google Calendar capabilities with third party apps
  • Productivity tips to optimize how you and your team communicate through Slack

Further amp up your productivity with these related courses: TrelloGoogle Drive and Apps.

Once enrolled, our friendly support team and tutors are here to help with any course related inquiries. 

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Skill level: Beginner
Certificate: Yes
Lessons: 34
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Video duration: 2h 34m
Estimated study time: 17h for all materials

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Introduction to Essential Productivity Training 

Sharing the premise and goals of this course.


Creating a Strong Workflow

Benefits of having a few strong applications at your fingertips and combining them with good principles.


Minimizing Your Inboxes

Reduce the number of inboxes you have at a given time to help limit your workload efforts in clearing them out. 


Choosing the Right Productivity Application

Outlining the best methods for finding the right productivity application for your use, without wasting time and effort.


Going Premium

Before making the jump to a paid application or an ongoing subscription, you'll need to understand whether you need to move to this yet.


Introduction to Evernote

Short introduction to Evernote, the benefits, uses and features.


Organizing Your Evernote Notebooks

Setting up notebooks in an orderly fashion to help keep organized with work and play.


Creating Effective Notes Inside Evernote

Maximizing all of Evernote's note functions to make the note multimedia rich and dense for optimum recall.


Using the Evernote Web Clipper

Sharing all of the features of the Chrome web clipper to help reference and record websites, images and much more.


Maximizing Your Evernote Use

Using more advanced elements like shortcuts, inbox and more to optimize your Evernote efforts.


Example: Full Evernote Set-up

My full Evernote set-up to help create some context to using Evernote.


Introduction to Trello

Basics of the Trello system and the benefits of using a visual service like Trello


Creating Trello Boards

Designing the perfect kanban board set-up for your work, using the functions and features within.


Creating Trello Team Boards

Starting a new team board for your colleagues to work with.


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Planning an Event in Trello

Planning an event using Trello's features and functions.


Designing Your Own Editorial Calendar in Trello

One of Trello's popular uses is for planning content. Here's a short guide to editorial calendar creation.


Trello Long-term Planning

Taking your Trello potential to a new level! 


Introduction to Todoist

Basics of Todoist, benefits of the service and how it can be used.


Adding Tasks to the Todoist Inbox

Creating new tasks, assigning them and processing your inbox.


Setting up Todoist Projects

Setting up of your projects, naming them and creating the tasks within.


Shared Projects in Todoist

Setting up a shared project for team members to join and assign new items with you.


Intelligent Input for Todoist Tasks

Using the smart native language input to craft new tasks and to-dos on mobile, desktop and web.


Todoist Labels

Using labels to improve your Todoist experience.


Todoist Filters

Using filters to improve your Todoist experience.


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Example: Full Todoist Set-up

Sharing my full set-up to help provide context to each user on how they could be using Todoist.


Introduction to Hours

Sharing the concept of Hours and time tracking resources. Providing the benefits of using something like this.


Tally Your Time for Clients in Hours

Creating new timers and tag systems for each client to track the time spent with each.


Using Hours Within a Workday

How Hours can be used in an everyday work concept to tally time.


Introduction to Google Calendar

Using Google Calendar against the other tools like Apple Calendar, Microsoft Outlook. Benefits of using a Calendar like Google Calendar.


3rd Party Calendar Services

Choosing other services that use Google Calendar. Recommending a few suggestions with their pricing and full information.


Introduction to Slack

The concept of Slack and the benefits and disadvantages of using real-time conversations for the team.


Sharing Files and Messages in Slack

Basics of sharing messages and getting your team started on Slack.


Connecting Other Services to Slack

Link Slack to other services like Twitter, Google Drive and Trello to help boost productivity.


Course Summary

Re-capping the lessons from the full course

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