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Monday, February 29, 2016

5 Gamechanging Applications

Last article I talked about Upgrading your AutoPilot. This one will show you ways I upped mine.

There are many other apps that have changed the way I do things but the following are my gold standard. Seriously, once you learn these tools, they chisel hours off your day! I first mentioned most of these tools in 2015 in Review. It's crazy how it seems so long ago and what all has changed.

Evernote

I am using Evernote more and more everyday. It has my air filter dimensions for my house, my weekly grocery lists, quotes from Aristotle to Jay-Z.

Evernote allows me to store the easy so I can focus on the hard. That has been a game changer for me.

What's more, you can categorize and tag your notes. It has never been easier for me to connect previously unnoticed dots together.

Recently I've started backing up my blog content to Evernote too. I can already tell it improves the value I can deliver.

I could go on and on about how Evernote has helped me but instead I'll dedicate an article to it. And yes, I've already started the note.

Feedly

If Evernote is my one stop shop for all my outgoing content, Feedly is my one stop shop for incoming content.

Feedly is a RSS reader I use to quickly skim through blogs, websites, and even YouTube channels.

I love the tagging system but my favorite part is the save for later function.

I used this feature religiously as local coordinator for Adventurer's League. Actually, I still do.

Podcast Addict

This Android App is like Feedly for my ears. I'm subscribed to a ton on podcasts. I'll never get through all of them but it makes my commutes and my jogs so much better. One great thing is when I hear something striking, I'll flip to Evernote and use voice to text dictation to save it. t has boosted my efficiency many times over. I want to share 5 podcasts that have really changed how I perceive my world.

  • Seth Godin's Startup School
  • The Model Health Show
  • The Ziglar Show
  • The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience
  • The Writer Files

Buffer

One of my biggest complaints about social media is that it's so tough to schedule a post at a certain time. there are also times I have to travel and am otherwise engaged.

Buffer has been a life saver for me in that regard. Now instead of using a calendar to remind me when to send out certain content. I set it and forget it. It's great with my Youtube channel which has a full month of content scheduled in advance.

What's more, instead of having to setting different release schedules, I set up one that manages the others.

Buffer is also coming out with new content all the time. I love using Pablo as a motivational meme generator and Respond is a great twitter management application. Also the people who work there are super cool. Shout out Darcy!

If you want to find out more, see 5 Things The Who Can Teach You About Social Media.

Google Calendar

This one has been a newly found gem that's been in my hand the entire time. It has made content creation on YouTube so much easier. I'll get inspired to talk about a topic in Evernote, research the topic and save a few notes. After that, I'll schedule a vlog about the topic.

Once it is scheduled, I color code it red. Once I've made the video, I change the color to purple meaning additional action is required. Then I listen to the vlog, take more notes on it, add tags and relevant links, then I'll schedule it. Only then do I change the color to green signifying everything is taking care of.

As time progresses, I'll expand and codify my system it but right now, it's made me a ton more efficient in everything.

Action

So what applications do you use to power level your efficiency? I'd love to know. Tell me in the comment below.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comments. Now go out and do make art.

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