The following items are tools, software, ideas and general resources that I personally use and recommend to others.
Let’s face it, passwords are hard. Thankful passwords have become easy again using a powerful tool called 1Password. It’s a cross platform password manager that syncs all your passwords and other sensitive material in one secure place. Now all you have to remember is one password (see what they did?).
YNAB (You Need a Budget)
I was living paycheck to paycheck for a long time and tried other personal budget software and none of them worked. Then I discovered YNAB. It’s simple to use and helped me get out of thousands of dollars of debt! They also teach you a proven method to change the way you think about money (for the best). This is the single most important app for my family.
I go grocery shopping a couple times per week. I always thought there should be a better way to build a grocery list and I found it. Anylist is intuitive and fast. It syncs between my and my wife, and autocompletes and sorts our grocery list quickly and easily.
Day One is a beautiful, cross-platform journaling app. You can write with markdown and attach a single photo to an entry. It’s simple to use and well designed.
I use Evernote to store all of my reference material: paperwork, articles, lists, recipes, etc… I go in depth on my podcast and find more in more value in this tool the more I use it.
IFTTT (If This Then Than)
I like to automating repetitive tasks and as the say: put the internet to work for you. You can create simple if else scenarios for getting summary emails or simplify workflows. There are dozens of services you can connect to and endless opportunities with IFTTT.
Project & Task Management
Todoist is “the world’s most powerful to-do list”. It’s my app of choice for task management. With powerful features and cross platform compatibility, I have found Todoist to be my favorite task manager on the market. Check out how to use the Eisenhower Matrix with Todoist.
Slack is a platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. I use Slack every day and I don’t know how we communicated without it.
Polymail is a simple, powerful and beautiful email productivity app. It’s available for Mac and iOS. It has some clever features like email tracking, send later, snoozing and one-click unsubscribe! It’s a solid email application that currently provides everything I need.