Life Designer's Toolkit
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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. Evernote is a lifesaver.
If you have a Google email, you probably use Gmail to check your emails. Inbox is an app by Google that makes checking and processing emails much more convenient. The best part is that it turns emails into tasks which you can check off, pin or delete in an instant which is great for feeling the reward of getting things done.
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 or f.lux and Twilight (android).
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.
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.
Writing, Blogging and Branding
If you chose WordPress as your platform, you need a reliable hosting. When I started my website, I deeply researched different hosting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12min is another app for reading and listening to book summaries. The reason I recommend both – Blinkist and 12min is that relearning from different summaries is one of the best things you can do to get more juice out of the books. Note: When you go to the website, scroll down and choose English to change the language.
If you want to go beyond book summaries and get the best learning experience from the best books, then look no further than Optimize.me. Brian (Founder) does the best job at providing you materials like master classes, wisdom packs, philosopher’s notes (notes from books), +1s (short daily videos) so you can achieve mastery and optimize yourself.