Apps & Tools For Online Productivity

PHOTO8Here is a list of apps, online tools and resources I use in life and work. Pushbullet - Easily push information from your phone to laptop and vice versa. See your phone's activity on your laptop. (i.e. see Whatsapp messages and who is calling without picking up your phone.) Brilliant! Easily sync applications between laptop and phone. Free.

Notes.io - For quick note taking directly in the browser. Free.

Google Cal - I keep trying new calendars for Android and my Mac, but I keep returning to Google Cal. Free. 

Google Drive - No explanation needed methinks! Google Drive works for everything writing, sharing and collaboration online. Free.

Evernote - Sorts everything and is kind of my online brain. Collect and sort text, audio and photos easily. You can even search for text in photos! It syncs across all your devices. Free, Premium costs.

Glui.me - Super simple tool to capture, edit and share screenshots. Free trial.

Planning

Trello -  A great to-do list for larger projects. Keep it to yourself, or add others to tasks that need to be completed. Free. 

Remember The Milk - Currently my favorite app for simple to-do lists. The fastest way to write down and remember a task.

Mindmup - I have tried many, but this is my favorite mind-mapping tool. Simple to use and you create and edit straight in the browser. You can save directly to your Google Drive. Free.

Chrome Extentions

Clipular - Chrome extension and alternative to Glui. Gives you possibility to sort and highlight information before saving to Evernote. Free.

Evernote Web clipper - Alternative to Clipular. Also a Chrome Extension. Send information straight to Evernote. Free.

Stayfocusd - Block distracting sites for specific time periods. I usually limit use of non-productive sites to max 15 minutes during the work day. If you go to one of the sites, you'll be directed to the site stayfocusd.com and the question: "Aren't you supposed to be working?" :) Highly recommended; and a nice little addition to willpower. Free.

Freedom - Block digital distractions for periods of time where you need to get work done. Blocks internet completely from your computer. Free trial.

Email Management

InboxPause - A Chrome extension which allow you to pause your incoming emails. So you can decide for yourself when you want to get your mails. Awesome tool.

Unroll.me  - Find all newsletters you have signed up for and unsubscribe easily, or roll them up into one daily digest email. First time I used it I was surprised I had 70+ newsletter subscriptions.

Boomerang - For Gmail. Perfect for keeping your inbox close to zero. If you need to address an email in two days; send that email away and have it return to you at the time you want it back. Free.

Design

Canva - Amazingly simple graphic design. Really. You can make our own graphics and designs with templates from Canva. Free, some Premium features cost.

Easel.ly - Create and share your visual ideas and infograms. Free.

Place It - Incorporates your own design or mockup into already made photo templates. Free, Premium costs.

Tools for Online Productivity

RescueTime - This program runs in the background and tracks everything you do on your computer and your phone. You get a weekly summary mail of your activity. You will be fascinated/scared/amazed by the things you spend your time on. Seriously, at least test their 14 day trial.

Eggtimer - Set a quick alarm directly in the browser.

Focus@will - Great background music. Definitely boosts my productivity.

Writing

Scrivener - Very powerful and comprehensive writing program. If you write a lot, this is a must. You get a 30-day free trial which gives you time to get to know the tool. 45 dollars. 

CopyPasteCharacter - Find pretty much any character you can use (examples: ♥ ☃✿➫)