1 - Notes App - Yes that notebook app that comes with your iPhone is our literal favorite app. From grocery lists to middle of the night breakthroughs, that's where all go-to info lives. We are Apple gals and the convenience of it moving across platforms from MacBook, to iPad to iPhone is just perfection.
2 - Hemingway App - This desktop app makes you sound more concise by reducing lengthy sentences or the over abundance of adverbs.
3 - Full Focus Planner - I will talk about this one till I’m blue in the face. I’m just adoring these planners that give you two spreads a day with a focus on your “daily big 3.” It helps you keep your focus and not put too much on your plate. Plus one it arrives, you are fed a whole series of short videos to help you make the most of it. Genius!
4 - Celestial White Noise - This free YouTube white noise track is one of Emily’s best ways to get in the zone. Try putting this on when you need to get into deep work and see if you see the same results.
5 - Canva - As a designer, it killsssss me to be recommending this app so wholeheartedly. I was resistant to using it at first, but once I unlocked its superpowers, there's no turning back. It's beyond simple to use and (most of the time) so much faster than my beloved Adobe programs. It's Canva FTW 🤯
6 - Google Sheets - Free to everyone, we think of these as spreadsheets for the people. And turns out, you can use them for things *other* than work… like tracking your very detailed skincare regime.
7 - Flodesk - This is definitely pointed at the small business people out there, but man is this email service provider (ESP) a beauty. You can customize the colors and fonts to match your branding and them seamlessly apply that to the array of thoughtful and design-centric templates they have available. When pretty matters, choose Flodesk.
8 - Grammarly - This is another writing tool. This chrome extension helps you compose more concise and mistake-free content as you work. When writer pros (ie: Emily) are using tools like this, you know you can't miss out.
9 - Post-it Note App - Yes the good people at Post-it have brought us a really fun app you can use for notes, brainstorms and to-dos. Check it out! Btw, they also have a new line Noted by Post-it that includes checklists and such on their patented papers 👌🏻👌🏻
10 - Habit Daily Tracking App - This habit tracking app is simple, intuitive and visually rewarding. Give the free trial a spin for yourself!
11 - Pinboard - Bookmark things with next-level organization with the Pinner app from Pinboard. You can even leave notes on the links you store. Think favorite recipes but with the inclusion of “leave out the walnuts and double the spinach.”
12 - Asana - If you’re someone who wants to keep yourself organized in a digital fashion (and work doesn’t already provide a solution), Asana is a go-to solution. The free version is perfect. You can organize all your projects and drill down at a task level with timing. And you can view your dashboard in a list or board view. Plus there are hacks for days (Google and YouTube are your friends here) if you want to make it work even harder.
Turn off ANY notifications on your phone, laptop and watch that aren’t 100% necessary. It might sound scary to not know when someone likes your insta post, but I can assure you that you’ll get so many more hours back in your day when YOU decide when you want to engage with those interruptions.
To hear all the details and the passion behind our love for these tools, hop over to Episode 17 of The Artist at Work pod or use the player below!
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