Inspired by the one and only John Saddington, I took a few minutes this morning to review the tools I use I a daily basis to get work done. Interesting timing since I just wrote a post last week about doing work that matters.
Evernote: I can say enough about this app. It took me awhile to fully understand it’s power and efficiency. In the old days, I had Word documents for everything. But they’re not searchable and not nearly as readily organized as Evernote notes. There’s a premium version but I’m still on the free one! 2,000 notes and counting. I take all of my work, all of my personal projects, all of my home records and organize them in Evernote, so of course they’re with me on all my devices. I store critical emails, meeting notes, drafted blog posts, tutorials, work logs, and even recipes in Evernote.
Dropbox: The original, and in my opinion still the best. Remember that “Documents” folder on all computers? That thing collects dust now. Every document of mine is in Dropbox so that (as with Evernote) I can access any document at any time from any device.
Sparrow: My email client of choice is Sparrow because it’s simple and it’s popular. I expect it to die soon since Google purchased it, but that was over 18 months ago. I’m going to give Apple Mail another good look since Michael Hyatt speaks so fondly of it. If he can be a power-user on Mail, it should work for all my needs.
Moleskin: Anyone who knows my knows that I’m digital first. To be fully honest, I’m a hoarder. Cloud storage has allowed me that capability. But even in front of my computer, with my iPad next to me as a second screen, I still have my Moleskin open to scribble notes, draw concepts, and remember how pen-to-paper has felt for as long as I’ve been a student. I’m fully digital, but can I still hold on to analog?
Briefcase: Mountain Hardwear Sentinel Messenger Bag has been over my shoulder for years. It holds everything I need for a work day, plenty of pockets for organization, and I can commute via bike with ease and comfort, knowing everything will stay dry.
Computing: The MacBook Air is simple the best machine I’ve ever owned. I know people get sick of the Mac/PC debate. I’ll save it. Best purchase ever, though. I love my iPad and over the last few months I’ve realized I can get 98% of my work done on iPad. And with Evernote and Dropbox installed, I have my entire office, my entire graduate experience, and all my reading material on this little device. BAM! And of course iPhone 5 is always in my pocket.
This is my toolkit for any given workday. I have some other tools that certainly have a place in my workflow. I’ll discuss those next week. I’ll go over some of my favorite apps for productivity and for entertainment (and no, there will be no games mentioned. I have one game on my iPad and I’ve never played it).