With each passing week I find myself not getting enough done, mostly because something comes up and boom, I’m sidetracked for 2 hours. When I calculate all of the time I spend working on non-essential tasks in a given week, it could very well add up to a part-time job. I know I really need to cut down on these productivity diversions if I’m going to make progress this year. What are some productivity hacks that you would recommend?
There are so many and most of my suggestions are issue specific (eg: what is eating up your time, how do you currently allocate time, why are you not getting the essentials done?). However, my biggest recommendation is the read the book The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan. This will teach you how to set your priorities which is the VERY first "hack" you must do or you will never move forward.
Then you are work on things like time blocking, delegating/outsourcing, email and phone management, etc.
Read 80/20 rule for startups
I use Wunderlist or Trello.