Tools I recommend

(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 services that I love, though!)

Organize your life

Basecamp: awesome project management software for teams. The founders run a thoughtful blog on productivity. Now also has a personal plan.

OmniFocus is a sophisticated task manager that I’ve been using since 2011. Over the years, it has helped me get stuff done and stay in control of my projects. If you ever feel overwhelmed, or want to work more productively, you’ve got to check out my course, How to Set Up and Use OmniFocus 3 to Get Stuff Done.

PDF Expert: tired of the slow Adobe Reader, but need a few more features than macOS’s Preview? Use PDF Expert: it’s blazing fast and it’s chock full of features that will save you time.

Scanbot: an app to scan your paper documents to PDFs. I use to digitize any important snail mail I still receive.

Things 3 is not only the most gorgeous task manager out there, but it is also a joy to use. If you need a little extra motivation to organize your projects and to get stuff done, the thoughtful design of Things 3 might be just what you need. And you can learn all about how build a workflow around Things 3 with my video course, Organize Your Life with Things 3.

Be more secure online

1.1.1.1: browse without your ISP or random coffee shop snoopers being able to track which websites you visit.

1Blocker: a 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.

Ghostery: a blocker for your browser. It makes it super easy to allow or restrict certain types of tracking, depending on what you’re comfortable with. I like Ghostery when I use Firefox.

Be calmer, more focused, and learn to understand your mind

10% Happier, Headspace, and Waking Up are all excellent apps to learn to meditate. A daily meditation practice can help you feel calm, focused, and less stressed. It will also help you understand your mind, which has innumerable benefits.

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: amazing microphone that will make you sound better than using your phone’s or your earphones’ microphone.

ConvertKit: easy-to-use, reliable email marketing. Allows you to target your emails much better than MailChimp.

Fizzle: Want to make a living online? The Fizzle community will teach you how!

Podia is the course management software that I rely on to make a living. It’s an all-in-one solution for selling online courses, digital products, and memberships. It also integrates really well with others tools I love, such as ConvertKit. Most importantly, the people behind Podia rock!

Peter sitting on his window sill holding a Podia mug.
This is how much I love Podia!