Life Designer's Toolkit

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Productivity Tools

Whether you’re looking for a free habit tracker, an accountability coach or a specialized coach to reach your goals, Coach.me is an all-in-one solution for ambitious people who want to build habits and accomplish more.

Here’s the link to my coach profile.

Evernote is my go-to note-taking app. I use it to capture my fleeting thoughts, keep personal documents, and write notes from books or courses. The best part is that even when I write notes on paper, I can scan the page from Evernote mobile app and the text magically becomes searchable! That means when I search Evernote, it also detects and searches through my written notes. Alternative: OneNote

Whether you work in a team or have personal projects (or goals), Trello is one of the best tools for organizing, managing and getting things done. It requires zero skills to get started and is utterly easy to use. I manage all my ‘Design Epic Life’ related work through Trello.

Another option for organizing projects or life (which I also love) is Nozbe. It has a different style, so it really comes down to your preference. I’d recommend you try it for free and stick with the one you understand and like better than other apps. Alternatives: Wunderlist and Todoist

Brave is a web browser that’s on a mission to fix the web. They’re safer, faster and more private than normal browsers. The best part is that migrating from other browsers is super easy and you can even use Chrome extensions on Brave. When you use Brave, you also support this blog without paying anything!

Slack is the ultimate tool for team collaboration and chat. Got a team project? Use slack (not Facebook Messenger or any casual chatting app out there – please!). It keeps conversations organized and provides easy file sharing features. It’s continuously evolving with apps and bots so hop on!

IFTTT (If This Then That) puts your work and life on autopilot. It gives you tons of options to connect your apps and devices. If you’re tired of doing small tasks that take up all your energy, this tool is a life-saver!

You know how hard it is to focus on work when you have all the distractions of the internet poking you. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on your willpower to focus. You can simply block distracting websites until you finish your work using FocusMe. Alternatives: Freedom and Cold Turkey

The free version of Rescue Time lets you track how you spend your time on the internet and gives you detailed report which you can use for self-evaluation. On upgrading, you can also set ‘focus time’ to block distracting websites. It runs on every device except iOS.

If you struggle with focus, try the Pomodoro technique with the Tomighty app. Here’s the gist of Pomodoro: When you have a big task or series of tasks, break the work down into short, timed intervals (called “Pomodoros”) that are spaced out by short breaks.

Harvest is a wonderful time-tracking app. Whether you want to use it for personal or work time-keeping, this is the most effective way to track your time and become aware of how many hours you’re spending on different projects. Alternative: AndCo

TRACKTION Planner is the best daily productivity planner I’ve ever seen. It not only helps you take care of the daily priorities, but it also manages your entire life. If you want to get organzied and balanced in each area of your life, get this planner now! Alternative: Best Self Related: TRACKTION Masterclass 

TextExpander helps you create shortcuts for text snippets to quickly type something that you often need to type from scratch. Even small text snippets like your email address and website save a lot of time. 

If you’re a student, an entrepreneur, a programmer or a creative person; you must give [email protected] a try. They have the best sounds and music to help you become productive and have a laser-sharp focus at your will. Tune in and get things done whenever and wherever you want.

While [email protected] provides music to help you focus, you may prefer “brainwave sounds” that can help you match brain frequencies to get you focused, calm and energetic among other mental states Brainwave Shots provides. Give it a try by getting their free samples. It helps a lot personally as I use it often when I feel unfocused. Alternatives: Nitro Focus, Brain Salon and Brainwave Evolution System

50 bestselling experts reveal their best strategies for getting things done and achieving peak work performance. You can attend the online summit for free and get peak work performance playbook as a bonus when you register for the event. Related: TRACKTION Masterclass and The Ultimate Productivity Bundle

Health Optimization Tools

If you work on a computer, you NEED this. The blue light that comes out from the screen not only harms your vision, it also interrupts your circadian rhythm which gives rise to sleep problems. Then, sleep problems give rise to chronic diseases you want to stay miles away from. So trust me on this and get IRIS. Alternatives: f.lux and Twilight (for android).

Use the link below to get 10% OFF your license. 

Insight is a super simple meditation app. You can do timed or guided meditation and connect with people – all for free. I have tried so many meditation apps out there but there is no magic bullet. Just breathe and observe or guide your thinking.

Zen12 provides peaceful meditations for your stressful life. It’s not a meditation app, it’s rather a course you can take to get the most benefits of meditation through their audios. You can a sample for free to decide if it’s something you’ll enjoy!

While there are a lot of calorie-tracking apps out there, Cronometer is by far my favorite one. Besides tracking your macronutrient profile, it gives you details about micronutrients so you can find out if you’re eating a nutrient-rich diet. You may be surprised to find out the deficiencies you can fix.

Want the healthiest, organic, non-GMO foods delivered to your doorstep? Thrive Market is here to save you money and time while keeping you healthy! Create your own box of the items you want and let them deliver on autopilot. Related: Healthy Meal Planning Bundle and 5 Dollar Meal Plan

If you want to reap the benefits of strength training, Fitbod makes it super easy for any person (beginner to advanced) to get personalized workout routines and recommendations. Save your time and decision-making energy while getting massive gains!

Check the app features and use this link to get 25% OFF the annual plan!

Gaiam has all the apparel, accessories and tools for health and wellness. In addition, they also have an app for premium yoga and meditation classes. If you’re into this, you should definitely check them out!

If there’s one ‘life hack’ that you’re looking for then it’s getting better sleep. Your body recovers during sleep and it’s crucial to get a good sleep for high performance and focus. Use Sleep Cycle to track your sleep so you can work on improving it. I’ve noticed that my deep sleep (which is crucial for recovery) has improved in the past few months.

Have you ever wondered why the noise of a fan makes you sleep faster and better? White Noise app lets you play music that helps you get better sleep. It has a lot of options including rain sound, fan sound, nature sounds, white noise, pink noise, and many more.

If you have trouble falling asleep or suffer from insomnia, Sleep Salon audios are there to finally put you to sleep. You can download their demo audio for free. Sweet dreams!

Get health talks from the top experts in the health industry on several health topics. HealthMeans does summits on various health conditions and health optimization strategies to live a more vibrant and healthy life!

Gaia is Netflix for health and wellness. You’ll find everything from yoga, meditation, documentaries to films on all things related to mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Alternative: CuriosityStream

Paul Chek is a gem in the holistic health field. I learn from him so much that I had to recommended his CHEK Institute. Whether you want to learn to be healthy or want to become a practitioner, you won’t find a better resource than this.

Lifelong Learning Tools

This is the collection of all the learning websites I’ve collected over the lifetime. It’s divided into several categories so you can find what you need at the right time to fuel your growth. Learn anything, anywhere, anytime with this mega list of educational websites.

Blinkist is my number one resource for reading or listening to book summaries. It’s impossible to read every good book. So, the best way to accelerate your learning is to consume the biggest ideas from the books in in-depth book summaries. The best part – they provide one book summary daily for free! Alternatives: Instaread12min, getabstract, readingraphics, flashnotes and habitcoach.

Skillshare is an online course platform where you’ll find courses on almost any skill. It covers courses on creativity, business, lifestyle, and technology so no matter what new skill you want to learn, Skillshare got you covered. Through my link, you get 2 months of Skillshare premium for free.

Going to a college just for education is a thing of a past. Coursera has 1600+ online courses from top universities and companies that you can take from home. It will not only help you transform your career and master skills, but it will also give a degree upon completion. Alternatives: Future Learn and edX

LinkedIn Learning (formerly knowns as Lynda) is one of the top online course providers from experts in their fields. They provide courses in almost all industries so no matter what your profession is, LinkedIn has got a course for your professional growth. Alternative: Fiverr Learn

Udemy is like a flea market of online courses. You get amazing courses at extremely low prices on wide range of topics. Choose what you want to learn, pick the courses you like and add them to your cart. Once you make the purchase, the courses are yours to keep for the lifetime. Alternative: Bit Degree

CreativeLive is the place where experts give live classes on life, money, business, and all kinds of creative skills. You can watch classes airing live 24/7 for FREE. OR you can access them anytime if you buy a class. OR you can get a creator pass to access all classes anytime! Alternative: Masterclass

Programming and business skills are the top skills the industry needs these days. You don’t have to spend years in college to have a thriving career when you can learn these demanding skills at Udacity. Alternatives: Treehouse and Pluralsight

If you want to break into today’s gig economy or start your own business, GenM Student provides a platform to get digital apprenticeship opportunities for free! Get job-ready by gaining work experience in digital marketing.

You know how crucial it is to read books. But the problem is that you may not have time to read books in your busy life. That’s where audible comes in where you can listen to audiobooks while commuting, cleaning, eating, cooking, walking, or doing any passive activity. Get a free month and two free audiobooks of your choice at Audible.

Physical books occupy a lot of space and weight. I love reading physical books but I don’t always buy them because there’s just so many books out there. The solution is to get a Kindle Paperwhite that is like your personal library without the hassle of owning physical books. I love that the Kindle’s screen has no glare, so it acts like paper.

I love and hate Pocket. I love it because it lets me save articles to read later. I hate it because it becomes easy for me to procrastinate on reading articles (which I may never come back to). So, I try to be mindful of that.

While you can control the speed of YouTube videos, you can’t always speed up all the videos on web. It’s annoying because you have less time and you want to watch the videos faster. With Video Speed Controller Chrome extension, it’s no longer a problem.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. While I love reading articles, sometimes, it’s just too much for my eyes to stare at the screen. Then, I use TTS Reader to listen to the articles. You can also use it to “speed read” articles as two inputs (reading and listening) enhances your focus and reading speed.

If you read PDF files, then Kami Chrome extension is for you. It lets you highlight and write notes on PDF so you can read the documents, take notes, and save them. Plus, it works great with Google Drive.

If you want to save all your highlights from ebooks and articles you read, Readwise is the #1 tool to revisit your highlights in one place so you don’t have to go through each book or article separately. You can tag, search, organize and make notes so you can remember what you read.

With Anki, you can create flashcards to learn and remember anything with the power spaced repetition and active recall. Whether you want to study for exams, learn a new language or brush up your knowledge, it’s your perfect solution. Alternatives: Quizlet and Brainscape

If you’re a lifelong learner like me, you need to learn how to learn so you can 3X your learning speed and comprehend more than ever before. This course has saved me loads of time and made me SuperLearner! I even got a SuperLearner certificate upon completion. Check out SuperLearner Academy and get 4 videos for free! Simiar: Raising SuperLearners, SuperLearner Memory

Personal Growth and Success Tools

If you’re a personal growth lover and are looking for a “Netflix of self-improvement”, joining the SuperHuman Squad is the way to go. You can get their individual courses like Ultimate Advantage, Speed Demon Productivity, Digital Zen, Meaningful Life & Happiness, SuperHuman, Passive Income Powerhouse…or you can get all of them when you join the squad! Alternative: Optimize.me

Emotional Mastery is an online course (by yours truly) to raise your emotional intelligence and master your emotions so you can thrive in work, life and relationships. Everything starts and happens in your mind. So if you can learn to master your emotions, you can overcome anything in life!

You’ve probably already heard how a morning ritual can make a positive impact on your life. Stefan James’ Morning Ritual Mastery will help you set up and stick to your perfect morning ritual.

With 12 eBooks, 12 eCourses, 11 videos & 9 workbooks, Master Your Money Super Bundle is a no-brainer deal. It includes goodies that will help you beat debt, create a budget, manage your finances, increase your income, save your money and change your mindset about money.

Want to achieve more in 100 days than what most people achieve in a year? The 100-Day Challenge will push you to your limits for massive growth and achievement. In this challenge, people with different goals walk in and end up far ahead in just 100 days.

Brian Tracy is one of the top-known influencers in the personal development field. His books and courses continue to impact millions around the world. Check out his courses on Personal, Sales and Business success. Alternative: Jack Canfield

Chances are, you’re already familiar with Tony Robbins. He is a powerhouse who inspires millions with his talks, books and courses. If his voice doesn’t move you, I don’t know what will.

Vishen Lakhiani has built a massive personal growth platform where experts come together and give you masterclasses to help you grow and succeed. It’s like getting coached by the top people in the industry. Check out the next upcoming masterclass at Mindvalley.

While it may sound sketchy at first, but hypnosis is the real deal to train your mind to change the way you think. It’s like guided “meditations” to change your mindset so you can achieve your particular goals. Alternatives: Hypnosis Bootcamp, eHypnosis

While the Law of Attraction may be incomplete, the process of manifesting is what makes it complete. It may need to you open your mind but once you allow yourself to trust the process, it surely works for manifesting the life of your dreams. Alternative: Raikov Effect

Goals On Track is a simple solution to… you guessed it – track your goals. It can be easy to get lost in the drama of life in the hectic and distracting world. But if you track your goals, you have no choice but to focus on them! Alternative: Goalscape

Blogging, Business and Branding Tools

WordPress.org is the best platform if you want to have complete control over your website. You don’t need to learn how to program. The platform has tons of plugins which will help you customize your blog or website the way you want.

If you chose WordPress as your platform, you need a reliable hosting. When I started my website, I deeply researched different hostings out there. Finally, I went with SiteGround and I don’t regret it at all. It’s cheap, it’s fast, and it’s safe. And their customer support is remarkable. I’ve never rated their customer service below 5 stars. Alternative: Bluehost

Next, you’d need a good-looking, fast and reliable theme for your website. Elegant Themes has a tons of options for you to pick the one you like the most. Your website deserves to look clean, beautiful and simple.

Normally, you’d need technical knowledge to further customize your WordPress site, or you’d settle with rules set by your theme creator. But now, you have the freedom to customize your website the way you want with Elementor page builder. You can just drag and drop and come up with a unique style for your website.

Next, you need a way to build your email list. If you’re just getting started, you don’t need to pay a huge amount of money to more advanced email marketing software. Like me, you can start with MailerLite which is affordable and comes with all the features you may need at the beginning. Alternatives: ConvertKit

If you’re starting a business and want an easy-to-use and high-quality landing page builder, then LeadPages is the tool you need. It’s super simple to use and integrates well with other services.

Clickfunnels is the best option to easily build sales funnels. With Clickfunnels, you can even create your website and courses. So, if you’re looking to invest in a trusted software, go with this all-in-one solution.

Wix is a simple website builder that is especially used by people who want to build their portfolio online. So if you’re a professional or a creative who don’t want the hassle of dealing with hosting, then use Wix to drag-and-drop or use AI to build your website in no time.

If you use WordPress and want a cheap solution for building landing pages, sales pages or a membership platform, OptimizePress is an amazing solution with no monthly fees.

Accepting payments online can be a pain when you have to pay additional monthly costs and transaction fees. ThriveCart solves that problem as they’re offering a lifetime access to their platform for a flat fees (for a limited time).

Freshbooks is a cloud accounting software for small businesses. Get the hassle out of invoicing and accounting and let Freshbooks make it easier and less time consuming so you can spend more time on your business.

Social media can be the biggest source of stress and overwhelm when you’re running a blog or building a brand. With Crowdfire, you can curate content, schedule posts, track conversations and measure performance from a single dashboard.

HubSpot is an all-in-one platform to help you grow your business. Whether you want to increase leads, accelerate sales, organize your contacts, or better serve your customers, HubSpot CRM + Marketing and Sales Hub will make it smooth to run your online business.

When I write, I make terrible grammar mistakes because I don’t want to break the flow of my writing by caring about grammar at the same time. Thankfully, I use Grammarly to edit my writing before you read my stuff. It saves me every time.

ProWritingAid is another lifesaver if you write anything. Whether you write a casual blog or professional academic papers, ProWritingAid gives you customized suggestions to improve your writing.

AWAI is the number one place to learn copywriting from anywhere in the world if you have internet. It not only teaches you how to write to sell, but it also teaches you how to turn it into a business to get high-paying clients and make money online. Related & Alternatives: K Money Mastery, 24-Hour Book, How To Write A Book and 6-Figure Speaking

If you want your articles to spread like fire, Social Warfare WordPress plugin can help. If your content is good, people will share it especially when you have enticing icons on the screen that are just a click away!

If you want to design images or presentations like a pro without buying or learning Photoshop, Snappa has got your back. I’ve tried a lot of online design tools. Snappa is one of the best so far! Alternative: Canva

If your business is visual or if you have a blog, Pinterest can be a great source of traffic for you! The best way to grow and manage your Pinterest account is Tailwind, which makes it super easy to put Pinterest on autopilot.

Video marketing and being on YouTube is hot. If you’re planning to be on YouTube, don’t go without using this magical plugin called TubeBuddy. It helps you do keyword research, select tags and gives you tips to rank higher and grow on YouTube.

While we’re on the topic of creating videos, if you’re looking for amazing music to make your videos much more entertaining, Hooksounds will hook you up!

Instead of being cheap with your money, be cheap with your time. Be smart about how you work by managing your energy and delegating the stuff that is below your hourly rate. Freelancers at Fiverr can help you with many tasks for low cost. Alternatives: GenM Business and Upwork

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