Today I wanted to share a few great tools with you that have long been a big help to my productivity. I rarely chase after the shiny new toys that the internet throws around every few days. But I do get asked pretty regularly what tools I love to use every day, and here are three that have had a pretty big effect for me. I’ve learned that many people are not using these and deserve to give them a shot.
You know what sucks about trying to finish a blog post or writing project sometimes? Constant distractions. Incoming email, Facebook updates, software updates, etc. Ommwriter is beautifully simple writing tool that transforms your laptop from a noisy little bitch into the perfect, focused environment you need to get a project finished fast.
I have to admit I’ve been surprised. I used to think everyone knew about Evernote. Shows how much of a bubble I live in sometimes. I mentioned it to several people recently. Only a couple had even heard of it, and no one reported ever using it. I use Evernote to organize all kinds of things. I use it to save websites, articles, ideas, pictures, etc. It’s pretty much the ultimate file and idea organizer for me, because you can put dang near anything into it, and it makes everything really easy to find.
Anyone who runs a website needs an FTP client like Filezilla. This gives you an easy way to load files up to your server, move things around, fix your site when it’s busted, etc. Importantly, you can use it to backup your entire website regularly, and if you’re not doing that you really need to get on the ball 🙂 A really important little guy. Totally easy to use and has always done the job perfectly for me.
It occurred to me that I use all of these suckers nearly every day, they’re all free, and I’ve never had a problem with any of them. Dang…life is good.
Of course my ambition here isn’t to let you in on some secret new thing you’ve never heard of before. I’m much more interested in spending time with stuff that just plain works and gets the job done. I’ve been amazed how many people I’ve talked to who don’t know about these and aren’t taking advantage of them. If you have any tools like that that have just become indispensable to you, that others may not have picked up on, I’d love to hear about them 🙂