It’s the last week of the year, which means nobody is doing any REAL work, right? That’s why this is the perfect time to send you on an Internet surfing spree!
I love it when people share lists of their favorite tools. I always find a lot of shiny new pennies to chase (man, do I love shiny pennies). I also always find some great new tools that simplify my life and help me be more productive and effective.
So, I thought it would be fun to build a list together. I’ll go first, then you add to the list in the comments. Be sure to include links when you can (Hint: the names of the tools are all links below). That makes it so much easier to chase those shiny pennies, after all.
I moved from Infusionsoft to Mailchimp this year and I couldn’t be happier. It doesn’t have all the bells & whistles, but it is a rock solid and super simple mass emailer. One of the main reasons I switched was because Mailchimp automatically creates responsive sizing (which Infusionsoft didn’t), so email looks great on any device now. Almost exactly half my email list views my emails on mobile so this is extremely important.
Calendly is a service that coordinates with your calendar so you can send someone a link that shows all of your availability and lets them book time with you on your calendar. TOTALLY eliminates the back-and-forth emails that get sent whenever you’re trying to find time to meet, etc. I LOVE THIS PROGRAM. Can’t tell you how many times people tell me how cool it is when I send them my link (and how relieved they are that we don’t have to play phone tag)!
Unrollme cleans up your inbox by searching for subscriptions and mass emails and then unsubscribing for you. I have done a great job over the past few years doing this on my own and I thought I didn’t get much spam or old subscriptions, etc. The reality is that I just got used to seeing and deleting stuff in my inbox. It amazed me when unrollme listed all the stuff I could unsubscribe from that I had just sort of glazed over.
1Password is a password vault app that securely stores your passwords. I keep all my passwords, bank card numbers, etc. in this handy app. I use it twenty — no, make that thirty — times a day on both my laptop and my iPhone. It also helps me cut down on my swearing when I can’t remember my passwords. Oh, and I just discovered that it works with the fingerprint reader on my iPhone, which speeds up the process a lot!
There are no other words to describe Eventbrite other than it’s the absolute best event ticketing and management software available. I have tried so many other programs and processes, including doing all of our event ticket sales “manually” via a shopping cart. We finally realized the only real cost for using Eventbrite is $1 per ticket (we’re being charged credit card fees no matter what system we use). Our ticketed events are typically 25-100 tickets. So worth $25-$100 to use a system that works as well as Eventbrite does.
Snagit lets you quickly grab screen shots, or portions of screens, video, etc. so you can save, send, share, etc. I use it to grab images from the web, or to show my IT guy an error message that I’m getting, or to take screen shots for training purposes, and about a million other uses.
Evernote Web Clipper is a browser plugin (I use Chrome) that lets you quickly and easily save articles, webpages, etc. to Evernote. I use it mainly to save articles, but my second biggest use is saving recipes that I find on the interwebs (true story).
If you’re not using this, why aren’t you? Although they started charging for use on more than two devices this year, it’s still my favorite note program. And since I upgraded to the iPhone 7 this year and got rid of my iPad, I only use two devices now anyway (and one of them I always have with me).
I was still rockin’ the iPhone 5c, but kept seeing the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus and IPhone 7 Plus and wondered if I could eliminate the need for my iPad mini (which I mainly used for reading books). Well, I got the iPhone 7 Plus and couldn’t be happier. It DID allow me to drop the iPad, and the camera is nothing short of magical. Oh, and I got a saddle colored leather case from Apple that is one of my favorite things in the whole world right now.
This is a paper planner that I just got my hands on and in just two days I am already totally in love with it. I’m a big fan of the layout, the goal-oriented focus of it, and how it seems to think like I think. It’s not really built for daily note-taking (I carry a blank Moleskin for that), but it is great for setting goals and intentions.
Ok, those are my top 11 right now. What are some of YOUR favorite productivity tools? Drop a comment below.