Basically three numbers: $2 prevents malaria at a rate of 600 nets per 1 life or 750 cases of malaria. I recall comparing it with the cost of saving a life in an American hospital. All the links I find on The Life you Can Save, Giving What we Can, and GiveWell are all way too detailed so it might have been the Against Malaria Foundation description itself.
Givewell's charity analysis. Thorough, including counter arguments, focus on net effectiveness, and such a variety of philanthropic choices I had not heard of before. It allowed me to trust that donating would actually be worthwhile, and actually feel okay asking other people to donate too.
CFAR handbook has improved my ability to be intentional and choose things that are effective in my daily life and for the world. I know how to break procrastination and make good tradeoffs with my resources.
Open Philanthropy: Cause Area Exploration and Future of Life Institute: Worldbuilding Contest were both invitations to submit my own writing which got me to analyze and apply EA, plus has gotten me more deeply involved with teams in EA, and now I spend a ton more time working on EA projects which I don't see stopping any time soon...