99 Resources to Make Your Personal and Business Life Hum

“There aren’t enough hours in the day.”

It’s a phrase I hear all the time. I’ve even said it myself.

We’re all busy. We’ve got long to-do lists and a short amount of time to tackle them.

Yet many people accomplish audacious goals and achieve great things — in the same number of hours a day that you and I get.

The secret?

Using the right tools.

When I have the right tool, app or software, I can save hours of my time. I can create better quality content. And I can enjoy my work more.

In fact, as a busy blogger, podcaster, author, speaker and consultant, I get asked all the time about the tools I use to get it all done.

So I decided to write a simple ebook with all of them.

It’s called Inside My Toolbox: 99 Resources That Will Make Your Personal and Business Life Hum.

In this brief, to-the-point resource, you’ll discover:

  • The word processor I use for all my writing—books, blog posts, podcast outlines, speeches—everything. Hint: It’s not Microsoft Word.
  • The online system I use to manage my automated marketing campaigns. This tool has made me tens of thousands of dollars over the last year.
  • The WordPress plugin I use to optimize my blog posts, making them SEO-friendly and more likely to get a higher ranking in Google.
  • The software I use to manage my seven-figure membership site. It’s surprisingly inexpensive—and effective.
  • The earphones I use for running. They have a unique design that keeps them in my ear, so they won’t fall out.
  • The software package I use to edit audio files. It’s like having a recording studio at your fingertips. Seriously!
  • The microphone I use in my podcast, along with all the other audio equipment.
  • The utility software I install first on any new computer. It enables me to start applications, find files, and launch workflows.
  • A simple application I use to backup my computer in the cloud. It works quietly in the background, insuring that I never lose anything important—and I haven’t in years.
  • The online program I use to document workflows, so I can share them with my colleagues and virtual assistants, making my team more efficient and effective.

And eighty-nine more. I have organized my tools into eight categories:

  1. Blogging
  2. Personal Development
  3. Podcasting
  4. Productivity
  5. Social Media
  6. Speaking
  7. Video
  8. Writing

99 resources that will make your business and personal life hum

Here’s the thing:

You can’t buy Inside My Toolbox. There’s only one way to get it—by subscribing to my FREE email newsletter.

Get your FREE e-book now

All you need to do is fill in the form on the top right-side of this page. Once you do that and confirm your subscription, I will email you the download link to this amazing, FREE resource.

And whenever I post fresh content, I’ll send you an email. That way, you won’t have to visit my blog to stay up to date. Plus, you can unsubscribe at any time.

You’ll never find any more hours in the day. But you CAN make the most of the time you do have.

Don’t waste any more time using the wrong tools. Get my free ebook now and find the tools that can transform the way you work and help you achieve big goals in your personal and professional life.

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  • Marcia Bednar

    This is a great resource! I quickly browsed through it and love it! Thanks!

  • Khawar Riaz

    Thanks a lot Michael for sharing this invaluable book. Now no one has any reason to say ‘time is too short’.

  • Tori Grant

    Michael, thank you for the Toolbox gift! As a visual learner, I appreciate the clean format and sharp graphics. The summaries are precise and helpful. That Evernote scanner is on my wish list!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Tori. Glad you like it!

  • http://www.toddstocker.com/ Todd Stocker

    Michael,
    Thank you for sharing. I feel a bit like a neighbor digging in your garage. :). Great resource!

  • Ogutu Ochieng

    Thank you for the book.

  • Mark E. Randall

    Thanks Michael :) I’m using many of the tools you list based on your recommendations! Much appreciated!

  • Debra L. Butterfield

    How terrific to have info on these kinds of resources all in one place. Thanks!

  • Brian

    This is a great list of resources. You have become one of my goto’s for resources such as these. Thank you!

  • John Kramp

    Michael, great job with the new ebook. The layout is clear and engaging. The content is excellent. I always check your “toolbox” list whenever I need something. Thanks for making this information available.

  • Tim Barton

    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing this and allowing others to benefit from your research and experience.

  • Deborah

    Thank YOU, Michael. The information you offer always adds value, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn.

  • Sarah Harkleroad

    Thanks for putting this together! I noticed you did not list HootSuite as one of your social media tools, but I have seen you recommend it before. Do you still recommend HootSuite or do you feel like it is no longer necessary with the other programs you use? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am now using TweetDeck.

  • mlukaszewski

    As a fellow toolbox-junkie, I really appreciate this concise and organized list. I’m checking out some of these resources this week.

  • http://www.qualitylivingmadesimple.com/ Joshua Rivers

    I love this, and it inspires me to want to create a similar e-book. I have a resource page on my blog, but I think this would be a great compliment to it.

  • http://www.careersavvyfed.com Meiko Patton

    Thank you so much for your generosity Michael. Reminds of a great book, Give and Take by Adam Grant.

  • Dave Carroll

    Wow! Tremendous resource for everyone from the tech newbie to the tech savvy. Thank you so much Michael for your generosity!

  • http://www.chrisducker.com/ Chris C. Ducker

    Value. Value. Value. I continue to love what you do for your tribe, Michael. Seriously inspirational, over and over again.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Chris. I appreciate that.

      I told everyone attending our Launch Conference this past week that they MUST buy your book, Virtual Freedom. Such a great resource!

  • Ilirian Gjoni

    Wow! Great toolbox and well organized. Thank you for sharing it with us. Feel really blessed by it.
    Visually is so clear and in an organized way.

  • http://www.calebsg.com/ Caleb Simonyi-Gindele

    Michael, this is another great resource! I love the simple, clear layout. My only suggestion would be to consider numbering them 1-99. I was surprised when I got to the end! Thanks for putting this out though, I had been wondering what some of your video tools were.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great idea, Caleb. I will pass that onto my designer, so we can do that in the next edition.

      • http://www.calebsg.com/ Caleb Simonyi-Gindele

        Glad if it helps.

        The other thing I wanted to comment on is how awesome it was for you to take the initiative to let your existing subscribers know about the new eBook!

        The only other time I can remember something like that was with the Lee Valley woodworking/gardening business here in Canada (they’re both online and brick-and-mortar). I had a letter from them one day with a cheque (that would be a “check” for you Americans) enclosed. They informed me they had dropped the price on a product I had bought the previous year and were refunding me the difference! That was a Wow experience!!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Now that’s customer service. Great story. Thanks.

        • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.

          Wow! That is WOW!!

  • Dionne Siegrist

    Thank you for once again sharing valuable content that can be applied to my life and my small business. I am so grateful for your generosity.

  • http://www.byronseyeview.com/ @akaTGIF on Twitter

    Dear Coach Hyatt, time after time you and your team keep breaking new ground with delivering next level content that is both valuable and organized in a way that’s simple to consume. I’m a big proponent of “just in time leaning” – your back catalog of content makes referencing specific topics a breeze.

    Thank again Coach Hyatt

  • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.

    Thanks for this resource, Michael! I frequently refer to your “Inside My Toolbox” page on your site, and it has become very valuable to me.

    I’ve already scanned through the eBook, and this seems like the resource I’ll continue to refer to as I’m continue to grow my platform through different stages.

    Thanks again for sharing another very valuable tool!

  • Robb Pardee

    Michael, Thanks for this great resource. I was intrigued to see that you are using a DSLR for your video recording. Do you use an external microphone as well? Thanks. Robb

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I do. But I am not sure what kind I am using. It’s a wired lavaliere.

  • http://www.faith-athletics.com Robby Robbins

    Michael, Thanks! great stuff, It did not address a plugin for Podcast archive, i love the look @ http://michaelhyatt.com/thisisyourlife how do you do that?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s part of my Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress. It is available now to Platform University members and on May 1 for the general public.

  • Warren

    I found this extremely helpful. Thanks for making it available to the novice like me.

  • Joseph Narducci

    If these 99 apps were money in the bank, I think I just became a millionaire! Thanks for the proven resources Michael!

    • Joseph Narducci

      More accurately…….” If these 99 TOOLS were money in the bank, I think I just became a millionaire! Thanks for the proven resources Michael!

  • Marc W Johnson

    Fantastic resource. Thank you so much for your incredible leadership!

  • http://tamifenton.com Tami Fenton

    Michael, thank you for another excellent, and well researched tool. Your generosity in sharing your knowledge is always appreciated!

  • Liz Dennery Sanders

    What an incredible resource, Michael! Thank you for sharing it. I created something similar for the SheBrand audience a few years ago, but you’ve inspired me to take it up a notch and create an updated, more robust version.

  • Gord Deans

    THANK YOU.
    A great resource to kill that dragon named FEAR. As a retired person, I have been procrastinating with the idea of writing for web readers but have been afrad to go too far with any particular technology in case it turned out to be the wrong one.
    Your book has confirmed most of the tools that seemed to be the best choices from my research and opened my eyes to so many more that will be needed to start blogs, write ebooks and create websites.

    I am just beginning to see that it is possible to become a writer.
    Thank you for sharing. I hope to follow your example.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    You sly, generous dog, you. ;)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Ha!

  • Bev

    Thank you so much for sharing this info.

  • JoAnne Henein

    Thanks for adding value to your subscribers :) Very generous of you. We’ll look into some of these; some we already use; for others, we would choose alternative tools fitting our preference, but it is great to see what experts use. We always love how down-to-earth you are! For personal development — I will give a non-paid plug for the DailyAudioBible.com (just launched their app too). Reading alongside this podcast has been a most unique experience, and makes the stories come alive. Brian Hardin’s commentary is thoughtful, truthful and down-to-earth as well.

  • http://www.ipaintiwrite.com/ Pamela Hodges

    Thank you Michael for sending this out to your friends who had already subscribed. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

  • Lee J Tyler

    Michael, thank you so very much. IYis rare to find someone who continues to give for no other reason than to help others out. This is just one example of what you continue to do for us. God bless you. (I can’t wait to have fun with this toolbox!)

  • Lynda

    Michael, thank you so much for this book. It has many useful tools in it – some I already know/use and others that I will definitely look into. What a wonderful share….

  • Njenga

    Thank you Michael for sharing. You are a great inspiration and an amazing resourceful motivator!

  • carlasorowka

    Love the format! I’ve always been introduced to new tools from you, and I’m excited to absorb the entire book to see what else I could be using to make myself more productive. Thanks!

  • Rev. Michael L. White

    Great resource! Since I think the PC platform has the largest market share, however, perhaps you might consider a separate or side-by-side listing of similar products or alternate versions of these same products that are PC-compatible. I’m pretty sure most, if not all, of these same products you’ve listed also offer PC versions, but it would be nice to know up front, without having to check on each one individually. Thanks again, and may God bless you!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, I don’t use a PC. I don’t recommend products I haven’t personally tried. So sorry.

      • http://books.parsonplace.com Rev. Michael L. White

        I understand. Maybe a disclaimer that you have used only the Mac version would suffice. Thanks anyway.

  • Senthil Kumar

    Thanks Michael, this is wonderful..I have been using a couple of those tools, and sure to adapt a few more of them.

  • O’Brien Uzoechi

    Thank you very much Michael for such a wealth of resources. I appreciate.

  • Harold L Arnold Jr

    I’ve heard you talk about most of these things through your podcast, blog, or Platform U. But, having everything in one place is quite useful. You continue to amaze me. Blessings your way.

  • Brett Kozimor

    Wow. Excellent curation in a beautiful layout. Imagine a world were all of these were integrated into one service.

  • http://www.cpvh.com Dorian Strickland

    Thank you for providing this. I look forward to using it as a resource tool. Love your content. Very straight forward and always useful.

  • Dianne Flemington

    Your ebooks are incredibly clean, clear and visually appealing…are you formatting and doing all graphics yourself? Would love to know what software you use! ;) Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to pulling such a resource together! :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I had my designer do it. He created it in InDesign.

  • http://www.billprettyman.com Bill Prettyman

    Thanks for sharing your tools, Michael! This will save me a lot of time in looking for the best ones. How do you find the time to learn all of these apps if your primary activities are writing, speaking and consulting? Which apps do you use and which ones do you delegate? Would you be willing to share your document workflows from SweetProcess?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Providing resources and tools is a key part of my job. I use all the apps I write about. In some cases, I may not use them as extensively as my team does (e.g., Infusionsoft), but I use them. I can’t share all my document workflows, because they contain too much proprietary information. However, I documented my process here and provide an example.

      • http://www.billprettyman.com Bill Prettyman

        Michael, thanks for the process documentation example of delegation and the Sweet Process example of a Skype interview. This solidified my understanding of Sweet Process.

  • http://www.popgeekheaven.com Bruce Brodeen

    You continue to out-do yourself. THE best, most practical and helpful resource book I’ve seen and, when you working online, one encounters dozens of these in a month. Incredibly helpful and my print out, I’ll be keeping on my desktop – the best testimonial I can give. :-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Bruce. I appreciate that!

  • Kathleen Thompson

    I LOVE this!!!!! I knew about many of them, but there are some that I had never heard you speak of before. Thank you, Michael, for your generosity to us. Some of these tools will save me a ton of time. I’m going to use BoxShot3D right away.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Kathleen. So glad this is helpful.

  • Joan

    WOW, this was a very extensive list and overwhelming for a new person to social media. A lot to learn for sure. Thank you for sharing and giving me an idea of what a successful person is all managing on a daily basis.

  • Marlene

    A very thorough list. Thank you. Although making it all work is quite hard for the technically challenged. I downloaded MailChimp and got stuck on the first step…(What can I say?). I have only used (and I say that in the loosest sense) what came with WordPress when I started my blog.Love to write…hate the tech! Don’t know how to proceed from this point. But, thanks for sharing, maybe someday I can use them.

  • Danika

    Fantastic e-book! I had some random stickies with notes I jotted down during one of your podcasts on productivity apps. I am so happy to have the entire toolbox at my fingertips! I really appreciate this important resource, and will spread the word to my friends and colleagues. Thanks so much!

  • Steven Peters

    Michael – I believe you can “read” one’s heart by watching how un-concerned they are about giving away information-experience they paid a price to receive-earn. Your information is always so good, and it is obvious you accept 0% of the concept that world is a zero sum game…more of you get what you give. That is leadership. Thanks for the ebook and your continued work…may it come back to you tenfold!

  • Andrea Powell-Johnson

    This is a great comprehensive resource. Very very useful. I will definitely be making use of the information in it.

  • Amanda

    Michael,

    Thanks for this amazing tool! I have a couple questions though. Do you use Feedburner or MailChimp to manage the blog subscriptions and updates to your subscribers? Which one would you recommend if I am just getting started as a blogger and need a way to manage and update subscribers? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I use Feedburner for RSS and MailChimp for email. That’s also what I recommend.

  • Karen

    Thanks so much! What a useful resource. I’m glad I subscribed.! From the quick look through, I already found some jewels I’ll be taking advantage of, specifically, Why Now is the Best Time to be an Author. Thanks, again.

  • Tom Tonkin

    Just downloaded this ebook. I have been following you about a year or so and I believe, over that time, you have convinced me to use many of these tools and for that I thank you. I reflect back on how I did things versus what I do now versus what I will be able to do in the near future. Again, many thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You’re welcome, Tom. Thanks for your encouragement.

  • Dave Dortman

    Great stuff… also… where can we get a copy of your WP theme? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You can’t yet, unless you are a Platform University member. However, I will be making an announcement on Monday or Tuesday about how to get theme later this month.

  • http://www.hoopercoaching.com/ Charles Hooper Jr

    Michael or team, I am interested in designing a course similar to “Best Year Ever” called “Ignition” for churches who want to experience a life on life missional discipleship movement and need some help. Have you written a summary of how it was designed? Our ministry can do the video production but I am curious about software and plugins for website. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I haven’t written a summary of what we did. But we used WishList Member, a WordPress Plugin that we also use for Platform University.

  • Brigitte Kobi

    Dear Michael,

    Thanks a lot for your e-book which I find very helpful. Also I am using PC and Microsoft
    with Outlook’s RSS feed. I found two things I will try:
    – Blubrry to find out if I can integrate “normal” audio files
    – focus@will

    If ever I will make podcasts I will remember your list and let you know.

    I use Chrome as well since it is useful if you want to develop things. What I do not
    like is that it cannot be configured to trash all history on closing of the browser and that the rendering is not as good as on Safari and Microsoft Explorer.

    Google Analytics is indispensible for statistics.

    My newsletter tool is a professional CRM which is available for a small fee. It is
    easy to handle and the templates can be customized (important for all branding)
    I run two blogs on WordPress templates which I adapted to my needs (I know a bit of web
    programming since IT is my bread and butter)

    One blog is about management and philosophy (hexameter.net) in English and German and the
    other one is about style, style Icons and their history (stilettissimo.com).

    Meanwhile I am looking forward to reading from you.

    All the best

    Brigitte

    • MotherGrieving

      Looks great so far!!! I have a lot of learning to do, but your information looks so very helpful. Thank you Michael! I also was unaware of your viral Evernotes post, so I cannot wait to learn how to better utilize this tool. Your kindness is so greatly appreciated!

      May many blessings be returned to you for sharing so much helpful information with us!

      ~Angie Prince/”MotherGrieving”

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  • Nathan Sack

    Thanks Michael I enjoy listening to you and your eBook is a big jump forward!

  • Kaye Fenley

    I love how quick it is to find something. I was hoping you might have something to replace the Snipping Tool, which I lost when I went to Windows 8. I will try the screen capture tool you have in your tool box.

  • Shellion Kibuuka

    Thanks Michael .
    God Bless you and your family. This is very helpful .
    Shelliton Kibuuka

  • leo

    This is an amaizing treasure.Thanks for sharing and making posible that people like me can have this invaluable resource.

  • Vijay Bajaj

    Exceptional. Thank you for sharing. Having built a highly successful conference biz, and having many leading authors speak at my events, for example Malcolm Gladwell. Marcus Buckingham etc. I am at the beginning of formulating my strategy to becoming a New York Times best selling author.

  • Joe Mar Alonzo

    very great. thank you Michael for sharing this. keep it up! God bless you.

  • Funewriter

    My son told me about your website because I’ve encountered wireless connectivity problems on my new MacBook Pro. Nobody seemed to be able to resolve my problem (lost wireless signal; unable to reconnect to internet) until I read your solution. Less than 10 minutes later my problem was resolved. Thank you. Steve

  • http://www.lauranash.com/ Laura Nash

    Who is better than you?!!!!!

  • http://iamles.com/ Les Dossey

    Killing it again and again Michael. Thanks!

  • Raphael Jnr

    I am so happy I have this, Michael..its really a great resource. Let me ask, I really need more books from you

  • http://dominicpacheco.com/ Dominic Pacheco

    Thank you for the great resource. In addition to the valuable content, it is also very aesthetically pleasing. Do you also create the look and feel or is that part of it something that you outsource?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, my graphic designer did that.

      • http://dominicpacheco.com/ Dominic Pacheco

        Thank you for the info. I am almost done with your book Platform. I love it! A great deal of practical actionable advice. Thank you for your work.

  • Rachel Maize

    I believe you have a typo in your Toolbox eBook under the section for Day One journaling. (“I never could never journal…”). Cheers!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for letting me know.

  • http://www.engineeringcareerlauncher.com/ Don Gallagher

    Curious, did you use BoxShot 3D for the cover page and the graphic in this post?
    I’m surprised because I didn’t think it could do horizontal covers. If it can, I’m buying it today!!

    Great eBook…….thank you.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yep, I did.

      • http://www.engineeringcareerlauncher.com/ Don Gallagher

        Excellent…….thank you. I’m continuing to learn more about, and incorporate more, into your GetNotice theme. With each success, I’m loving it more and more. Today I inserted my first primary button!! A no-brainer for others, but a cool thing for me.

  • http://dominicpacheco.com/ Dominic Pacheco

    Thank you for the info. I wish you many more years of continued success, I really enjoy your work!

  • Tim Lale

    Good stuff. Now I have no excuse for delaying some dream implementation. :)

  • James Kelly

    Some really good ideas to try that I wouldn’t have considered otherwise – thanks!

  • http://yonks.me/ Jason Younker (Yonks)

    I’ve been enjoying your “This Is Your Life” podcast and finally decided to commit and subscribe to your content via email. Really glad that I did as this Toolbox is a great reference point for me and also provides a stellar example of something similar that I could create for the audience that I am building through my own platform.

  • Connie Abbott

    Thank you for sharing all that information included in your Toolbox. It looks very equipping and encourages me toward establishing a blog that I’ve been contemplating and too long procrastinating in just getting started. Your Toolbox is very clearly presented and I am thankful for all of it.

  • corinnemcelroy

    Wonderful resourse! Thank you

  • Tony Conti

    Excellent compendium. Even though I am already tech savvy, it will save me tons of time researching these tools. Further, agree with your assessment of those tools with which I am already familiar.

    Only caveat is that I’m mainly PC (laptop and Surface for real-time handwritten notes) with Apple (MacBook & iPad) secondary. May be worth noting that OneNote from Microsoft is a worthy Evernote competitor. It has become cross-platform. Main advantage for me is electronic handwriting abilities on Windows tablets, Surface, and convertible laptops – I’m largely paperless now.

    I long for genuine handwriting on the iPad, at which point I will likely join you in Appleland.

    Thank you for the information!

  • Joey LaGrange Hudson

    Thank you so much for offering this eBook, I cannot wait to dig into it! I’ve been trying to figure out on my own how to get started with all of this, with no success, being a techie newbie and all. Again, thank you!

  • Rachel Gordon Knowles

    I have just downloaded your tool box gift and WOW ! I have children’s
    stories, poems and one novel just sitting on my shelves .. THANK YOU and look out here I come world :)

  • Brian Rensing

    Great resource! Thanks for pulling it together. I use many of these, but there are some great ones that I’ve not yet tried. Thanks again!

  • Paul Acorn

    Thanks for sharing this awesome tool box with many resources that I was not even aware of. Very professionally presented as well – short and no hype. Thanks again.