My general opinion about tools and resources is this: It doesn’t matter.
I say that because most people I meet hide behind resources. We always look for the right tools.
- “A new laptop makes me more productive.”
- “This app improves my focus.”
- “The newest DSLR camera makes me a better photographer.”
These are all reasons we procrastinate. Now, of course, tools matter. But they are not the determining factor. You are. It’s not about the resources you have, it’s about what you do with them. Life is about resourcefulness.
On this page you’ll find an overview of all the resources I use in my daily life as an entrepreneur, writer, teacher. I’ve added every single thing that someone has asked about in the past.
If you’re missing anything on this page, and want to know about the gear/apps I use, let me know.
- Blinkist (20% off for readers) — One of my favorite learning/reading apps (I’ve written about it before). If you would read a book summary from Blinkist every day instead of spending time on social media, you’ll learn a ton of actionable tips that you can use to improve yourself. The folks from Blinkist have been so kind to offer readers from this blog 20% off.
- Audible — When drive, walk, or bike, I like to listen to audiobooks with Audible. Maybe you miss some information, but studies have shown that audiobooks are also effective in acquiring knowledge. I prefer audiobooks over podcasts because they are more in-depth.
- Pocket — My go-to app for storing articles that I find interesting or need for research.
- Feedly — I use this app almost daily. It’s a good way to read your blogs in the same place. You can easily search for blogs you like and add them to your stream.
- Grammarly — I use this tool probably the most out of all the resources on this page. If you’re writing anything that’s more than an email, use this app.
- Office 365 — MS Word remains my favorite word processor. It has always been great on Windows. But I’m a Mac user, and it’s now even better on Mac and iOS.
- Pens – It might sound unimportant, but pens are probably the most important thing in note-taking. And I’ve tested a lot of pens. I like gel pens best. And this uni-ball gel pen is the best pen I’ve used—I don’t use any other pen these days. Make sure you get the o.7mm line size (it’s the one from the link). Good news: It’s not expensive at $1 per pen.
- Notebook – I prefer A5 sized notebooks with a soft cover and good quality paper. This Moleskine does the job well.
- Day one – When I don’t use pen and paper for journaling, I use Day One. I prefer to have a dedicated journaling app. Otherwise, my Evernote gets too cluttered.
4. Email Newsletter
- Mailchimp — I love Mailchimp because you can get started for free, and when you grow, they grow with you. You can get as advanced as you like with Mailchimp—that means you don’t have to switch email provider (which can be a big hassle).
- Calendar – My free calendar app is my favorite productivity tool. It’s simple: What gets scheduled, gets done.
- Trello – Trello is a versatile project management tool that can be used in many ways. And I use Trello as a backlog of tasks that I have to do.
6. Taking Notes
- Evernote — By far the best note-taking app there is. Research shows that our brain works in a similar way Evernote stores notes, ideas, tasks, etc.
7. Focus Apps
- Tomighty – My favorite Pomodoro app.
- SelfControl (Mac) / FocusMe (Windows) – I use this to block distracting sites.
8. Illustrating Tools
- iPad Pro 9.7 32GB: I use Paper 53 and Adobe Sketch to make the drawings for my blog posts and books.
- Apple Pencil: The iPad Pro with the Pencil is my go-to combo for digital drawing and note-taking.
That’s it for now. If you’re missing anything, let me know.