Every professional needs their own set of tools for work and life. Think of this page as my digital briefcase or laptop bag. It holds my all my important tools ready at hand.
This list gets updated at least twice a year to make sure only the best stays on here. I hope that you find them useful and give them a try. For books, see Book Notes.
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Choose from hundreds of courses and dozens added each week. Watch bite-sized videos on the go or in-depth courses. Earn certificates to add to your LinkedIn profile. Below are two examples:
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Mind and Spirit
Headspace guided meditations and helpful animations help you learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with the free Basics course. If you enjoy it, you can subscribe. Once you do, you’ll have bite-sized minis for when you’re short on time, exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day, and hundreds of meditations on everything from stress to sleep.
2019 is the 8th year in a row that John Acuff has used this massive wall calendar. Bonuses: the calendar comes with encouraging statements and John will send you 12 check-in moments from Jan 1–June 30 to make sure you get the most out of it.
PhraseExpress is the best text-expand software I’ve used. It takes your text abbreviations and expands them into your stored phrases and corrects spelling mistakes in any program—such text editors, email programs, web browsers, applications, etc.—on your computer or mobile. But that’s just scratching the surface; it also includes complex features to create custom file names, time stamps, and even build word documents from existing large text abbreviations.
Podcast Addict is the #1 Podcast App on Android with 8+M downloads, 400K reviews, 1 Billion episodes downloaded and an average rating of 4.6/5 Podcast Addict allows you to manage Podcasts, Radio, Audiobooks, Live stream, YouTube, Twitch, SoundCloud channels
The core topics include early mornings, healthy habits, personal development, and rockin’ productivity! Jeff Sander’s goal is to help you bounce out of bed with enthusiasm, create powerful lifelong habits, and tackle your grandest goals with extraordinary energy.
There’s a Manager Tools podcast for dealing with every situation
The Tim Ferriss Show is focused on deconstructing world-class performers — is often ranked #1 across all of iTunes (also selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running) and has exceeded 300,000,000 downloads.
Video is the way to reach an audience, and in ScreenFlow, you can create and edit polished looking videos to help showcase your products, company or make onboarding a sinch with clear training videos. Post the videos on your website to attract clients. I’m currently testing this software and am pleasantly surprised.
Web and WordPress
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WP Engine Speed Tool. The quick and simple tool analyzes how fast your WordPress site loads and get insights you can use to make your site faster today.
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Best practices for design, search engines, and recipes are built right in, so you can skip the research and technical setup and get right to blogging.
Made by writers for writers, Scrivener is perfect anyone for anyone that want their notes or research near them during a writing session or long-writing project. While it does have a learning curve, it’s full of powerful features that will save you so much time! I used it daily.
You can also use the scratchpad to hold simple ideas until you’re ready to flesh them out. You can start with a free trial; scroll to the bottom of the page and download the appropriate version. If you’re ready to dive in, you can purchase the Mac or Windows desktop and get started.