Fight Akrasia and Decision Fatigue with DIY Productivity Software
I have had very good experiences writing my own productivity software. Many of them were so useful, they paid back the time invested in developing them after less than a year.
Some examples of tools I wrote and still use regularly:
An application called "event radar", helping me build my calendar of social events for each week.
Personal contact management software. Key feature: import contacts from my phone and Facebook, organize my friends into groups and auto-invite to events based on their interests
A very simple recipe management software, helping to optimize protein per kcal and cost per kcal. It produces shopping lists. May upgrade it in the future so it automatically sends grocery orders.
Software for catching all small tasks and errands. Key feature: It auto-selects the next task to work on. Turns out, this feature alone makes errands vastly easier to handle. It was exactly the feature I needed for my particular psychology, which underscores the point raised in your article.