On my way home I was thinking about the five tools (apps) I use more than anything else. The essential items without which I’d really find it hard to get things done. This was actually inspired by me thinking about the few tools I’d really like to check out sometime soon and then reflecting on what I actually use the most. So without further ado. My top five tech tools of 2014 are…
This has become my task management solution of choice and it rocks. I’m still adapting it to my own style and taste but that’s the great thing about it, it’s super adaptable. With the labels and filters I can create lists which I can just follow and know that these are what I should do now. I don’t have to review my lists except when I do my weekly review of tasks. The automatic functions with IFTTT are really great too and can’t be found in any other big name task management app.
2. Google Calendar
Two weeks ago my boss asked me to run the school christmas quiz, I was enthusiastic to do so and we discussed the date, she mentioned a time and day and it all sounded great to me. Until I noticed on my calendar that I was already booked up. This year I’ve really got back into using my calendar, adding my regular lessons as well as scheduling time for writing, reading and reflecting. This has helped me to do more and make sure I rest as well. I’ve been switching between google calendar and Sunrise but they both really run off Google calendar so it’s best to say that I use Google calendar really.
I have a love hate relationship with evernote. One the one hand it is a really powerful and great tool that lets me access notes and files from anywhere. I love saving documents or scanning a copy of my invoice so I can quickly check my back over important documents no matter where I am. However, I’ve had issues with notes not really syncing and losing information as well as there being a better solution for almost every aspect it does (I.e. there is a better writing tool, there is a better read it later service, a better todo and task management system etc) HOWEVER, as a place to store data to access at a later date, it just does too good a job…for now.
4. The camera app
I use the camera on my phone a lot…I mean a lot. I use it to scan documents, take pictures of memorable events and create visual content for the web. I’d love to add in a host of picture editing options as well but really they should push me beyound my five tools.
I was really tempted to chuck in chrome, as honestly I do a lot on the internet and by choosing chrome I could fit in a load of different tools and features that I haven’t mentioned, sucha as using canva for creating graphics, Play music for listening to music or journey for my journaling but really thats a list of tools.
That’s why I chose pixelmator, I picked it up on the mac last year and the iPad app came out this year. It’s great for editing designs and images and is simpler than Photoshop. Sure, it’s not got all the features of photoshop, but as long as you aren’t a professional graphic designer, you won’t mind.
I could easily have choosen a couple of other options but Pixelmator is probably the app I’m in more often than any others and is significantly different from the previously mentioned apps.
What about you?
Those are just my tools, I’d love to know about you and what apps you use the most? I know that picking only five tools will be a challenge (believe me I found it difficult) but that’s why it’s a good challenge, you can’t just choose everything.
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