Share your favorite productivity tools and apps!
I'm a big fan of the idea of productivity / get-things-done (GTD) apps. In practice, I spend so much time reading about them, downloading them, and trying to use them that I probably am not all that productive.
However, there are still some pretty vital tools I use every day. Here are two of my favorites as of late:
1. Alfred (OS X)
It's basically a super powerful launch bar and search tool that makes it incredibly easy to open up groups of apps, search webpages, and trigger a ton of different utilities. It's probably one of my most used apps on the computer. Best of all, it's free (with an optional "Powerpack" that opens up some more features for power users). Windows users can run something similar with Launchy: www.launchy.net/
I find myself jotting down notes, ideas, and random scribbles all the time. Simplenote is a free service that keeps your notes in sync across a variety of platforms. It's awesome!
What are your favorite apps?
You can automate anything with this app - start menu configurations, flexible text expander, shortcuts and even mouse gestures. The best is that it can also run any Autohotkey scripts. Highly recommended.
The best software dor organizing the mp3 databases.
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Fastest way to a send a tab I have open on my phone onto my desktop screen and vice versa. I like it so much, I wrote about it here: mitchmckenna.com/post/11839/sendtab
If your company's using Campfire chat by 37Signals without Revolver, you're doing it wrong (this might be a plug for a buddy's project). www.papermodelplane.com/revolver/
Fastest way to take a screenshot, mark it up, and send it to someone. evernote.com/skitch/
No opening an app, selecting dates or typing in a location field, just type and let their natural word processing take care of the rest. flexibits.com/fantastical
If your gonna have a to-do list app, it might as well look good (and be synced across desktop and mobile for free). https://www.wunderlist.com/
I don't think I need to sell you on why I enjoy this tool so much. We did have a workflow throw down that one day.
I use this for all my notes. I try to get into Evernote but I just can't do it. It's incredibly powerful but also incredibly messy and I'm not keen on the idea of just letting it go when it comes to storage points. Simplenote is fast and I can access it from anywhere, with any editor I want.
I wasn't crazy about the price but this is the best task tool I found for OSX and iOS. I can use a list in Reminders as an Inbox and quickly add items using Alfred.
I had to do a lot of screenshots recently and this was such a time saver. The hot key for dragging a screenshot was crucial. The iOS apps saved boatloads of time too when it came to snapping screenshots.
I too have Dropbox auto-upload on iOS but using the iOS app saves time because it goes right into Droplr. I don't need to wait for the sync and then drag it into Droplr.
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