(Note: some of these are affiliate links, which means that if you buy a product or service, I may be compensated a bit. I only recommend products and services that I love, though!)
- OmniFocus is a sophisticated task manager that I first started using in 2011. Over the years, it has helped me get stuff done and stay in control of my projects. Check out my course Get Stuff Done with OmniFocus 3.
- Things 3 is the most gorgeous and well-designed task manager out there. Its thoughtful design and simplicity might be just what you need. Learn how to build a workflow around Things 3 with my video course, Organize Your Life with Things 3.
To decide whether OmniFocus or Things 3 is the better fit for you, read my OmniFocus vs. Things 3 review.
- Backblaze: automatically and continuously backs up all of your files to the cloud. Never lose documents again.
- Bear: my note-taking and writing app of choice.
- Fantastical: a calendar app with a fantastic (😉) design.
- HEY: a new, refreshing take on email by the makers of Basecamp. Since I started using HEY, I’ve been enjoying processing my email.
- PDF Expert: does everything you might want to do with PDFs and does it well.
- Scanbot: scan your paper documents to PDFs. I use it to digitize important snail mail.
Physical and mental health
To get in shape physically, I recommend Fitbod, which generates workouts based on your situation and goals.
To improve your mental health—to feel calmer, more focused, less stressed—I recommend that you meditate daily. Meditation will also help you understand your mind, which has innumerable benefits.
You can start with just five minutes of meditation a day. Ten Percent, Headspace, and Waking Up are all excellent apps to learn to meditate. To choose between these three apps, watch my video review of 10% Happier, Headspace, and Waking Up.
MAKE A LIVING ONLINE
- Acuity Scheduling: no more “I’m free at these three times—what about you?” Just let people pick a time from your calendar to schedule meetings.
- Blue Yeti microphone: microphone that will make you sound better than using your phone’s or your earphones’ mic.
- ConvertKit: easy-to-use, reliable email marketing.
- Fathom Analytics: a privacy-focused alternative to Google Analytics. Allows me to collect useful statistics about my website visitors without collecting any personal information.
- Fizzle: Want to make a living online? The Fizzle community will teach you how!
- Loom is an easy way to record your screen and share your recording. I use it to record some of my video tutorials.
- Podia is the course management software I use for my OmniFocus course and my Things course. Most importantly, the people behind Podia rock.
- Thinkific is the course management software I use for Big-Picture Productivity. It’s more robust course management software than Podia, but it also comes with a higher price tag.
BE MORE SECURE ONLINE
- 220.127.116.11: browse without your ISP or coffee shop snoopers being able to track which websites you visit.
- 1Blocker: a tracker blocker for Safari. It makes it super easy to allow or restrict certain types of tracking, depending on what you’re comfortable with.
- 1Password: my password manager of choice. I’ve written about the importance of using a password manager.
- Brave: it's Google Chrome but with more privacy.
Financial and accounting
- bunq is the most modern, easy-to-use bank I know of.
- QuickBooks: surprisingly pleasant accounting software.
- Revolut: for multi-currency bank accounts.
- Transferwise: send money (abroad) cheaply.