I thought I’d share a few things I use to try and keep myself on track when organising my business, and my life, on the computer.
Probablythe main one is Evernote, as it is so versatile, and the paid version adds a few extra things.
As the name suggests, Evernote can be used for note-taking and writing. In fact, I’m creating this article within Evernote. Basically, any text I want to copy, create, or archive, goes into Evernote. The search facility is very good, and you can add tags, or put things into “Notebooks”, which hold groups of Notes.
You can also upload images, PDFs, and whole web pages. The system will process images and PDFs to extract the text, and that then becomes searchable. So you can actually scan handwritten notes, and have them indexed.
The Evernote Web Clipper allows you to save screenshots, bookmarks, text, or whole web pages. If you save a web page, it is then editable within Evernote.
And you can attach reminders to any notes too. You can create checklists for shopping etc, but for that I prefer to use Wunderlist.
Like Evernote, Wunderlist is available across multiple computer and mobile platforms. It works well in a web browser as well as a stand-alone application.
Wunderlist is great for creating multiple to-do lists under different headings. You can obviously set reminders, and also set items to be recurring. Like regular weekly shopping items, or bills that need paying.
When I started writing this, I thought there were more things to talk about. I realise now that I use relatively few productivity tools.
Here are some of the others:
Email - Thunderbird, and Gmail (web and iPhone versions)
Photo Editing - Lightroom
Reading - Kindle (app and web versions)
If you've got any questions about using any of this software, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me. What are your "go-to" apps that help your day go moresmoothly?
PS - Just one more thing - take a look at hemingwayapp.com to fine-tune your writing.