I have been using Evernote since early 2008, when it was still in private beta. Since then, it has truly become my digital brain.
Evernote is one of those rare apps I can’t seem to outgrow. I am always finding new uses for it.
As a writer, I have tried just about every word processor ever invented. I started with WordStar, moved on to WordPerfect, then graduated to Microsoft Word. But when I started blogging, everything changed.
I ultimately learned HTML, but it is certainly not the most natural way to write. I have used a number of “blog processors,” including BlogJet and then MarsEdit. But in the last few years, I have completely converted over to MultiMarkdown.
Some say I’m a gadget-guy. (You know who you are.) I don’t know about that, but I am definitely a tool guy. The right tool can make me more efficient and save hours of my time.
For example, a few years ago, I stumbled on a simple software tool to create beautiful—and elegant—3D book covers (like the one above). Previously, I tried to create these in Photoshop, but I just didn’t have the skills to pull it off.
Today, I was thinking back to perhaps the busiest time in my career: the first few months right after I left Thomas Nelson, almost three years ago. At that time, I was spending all day, every day buried in administrative detail—responding to emails, making travel plans, and filling out expense reports.
Finally, I decided I had had enough. Something had to give. I needed to take a different approach if I was going to get my head above water.
I have had a love affair with the MacBook Air since I bought my first one in December 2010. I have loved the elegant design and super-thin profile. I upgraded three times in the last four years. It has been the best computer I have ever owned. Until now …
Right before Christmas I happened to be in the Apple Store and had a chance to play with the new 13″ MacBook Pro. I had actually switched from the MacBook Pro originally, so I couldn’t imagine going back. The Air was just so much thinner. But the new MacBook Pros are entirely different machines. Wow.
I have been making to-do lists since college. In terms of physical systems, I started with the Seven Star Diary, graduated to a Day-Timer, and then landed on the Franklin Planner. At the time, it was state of the art.
After reading David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, I decided to go digital. I did almost everything in Microsoft Outlook and then, after switching to a Mac, Microsoft Entourage. But ultimately, I switched to Nozbe, which I have been using since 2007.
I have written on “5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Nap Every Day.” But this infographic describes how elite athletes sleep more in order to improve their performance. If you are a high-achiever, this might be the single most important tip I could give you for improving your productivity. (Thanks to ChurchMag for directing me to this.)
Question: How much sleep do you typically get per night? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Let’s face it. One of the most difficult areas of most people’s lives is time management. We all want enough time for our work, our family, and ourselves. So how do the most successful people manage their time?
I’ve been lucky enough to interview over 130 millionaires. They know the value of their time, and use it to the best of their ability. I’ve curated the top tips on their time management to help you have more time to work, and more time to play and be with your family.
Apple may or may not be working on an iWatch, but my guess is that they are. This video is from San Francisco designer Todd Hamilton. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Question: Would you buy one of these? Yes or no? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
I have a special place in my heart for young moms who are super-busy, stressed out, and exhausted. Years ago, I watched my own wife, Gail trudge through this season of our life.
While I was caught up in the demands of my own career, she struggled to raise our five daughters and take care of herself at the same time. It wasn’t easy. Sometimes it seemed impossible.