My Favorite Stuff
I carefully select only those tools that I have used extensively, and that have proven to save me time so I can focus on what matters most in my life. If you are seriously interested in applying technology to your life for the purpose of creating more space in your life, consider adopting some of the tools below.
Please Note: I am a Mac user so a number of the tools I will be sharing are for the Mac only. I will make known those applications for your convenience.
Many of these apps and products are affiliate links, which means I will receive a commission for things you purchase through these particular links. The cost is the same any place else, so don't worry about feeling as if you are paying more here. All that being said, I endorse these first and foremost because they have become indispensable for my life.
Apps And Web Services I Rely On Regularly
Due iOS & Due for Mac - This is NOT another todo system. Rather this ensures that time sensitive tasks are done, and this app will incessantly bug you until you get it done. It is great for those few things each week that NEED to get done, like not forgetting to feed one of your children. ;-)
DayOne App iOS & DayOne App for Mac - This is my go-to journal app. I love the ability to tag, divide entries into multiple journals (i.e. work, family, one journal per child for memories, etc.), and search entries by geographical location. If you are into journaling (which you should be for your own well being) this is the app you need to get!
Books That Will Inspire You
The One Thing by Gary Keller - This book is all about focus. If you are feeling pulled in too many directions, this book is the antidote. Living the real is about stripping away that which is unnecessary, leaving room for the most important. This book is a necessary addition to someone's library.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown - For focus to be a pat of someone's life, essentialism is necessary. Greg McKeown does an exceptional job exposing the obstacles that prevent genuine happiness and success. If we are to live lives of greatness, we must do less. This is counter-intuitive to many people. In the end, less is more. Read Essentialism now, and begin paving a way toward a more intentional life. This book changed the way I approached most everything in my life.
Mindset by Carol Dweck - One of the most groundbreaking books in modern psychology, Dr. Dweck reveals the two fundamental mindset types we all wrestle with to one extent or another. This book will completely change the way you see yourself, and provide the encouragement and skills to build a more robust "growth mindset" propelling you toward achieving your greatest potential (and ridding yourself of the anxiety and worry along the way). A must read in general, and a necessary read for anyone who has children or wants to have family someday.
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business - An indispensable book for anyone feeling as if they are simply too busy to make the impact they want to in life. Duhigg does a fantastic job of unearthing the best principles gleaned from the most success people and companies in the world. Want to achieve your greatest potential in life, and made an enduring positive impact in the world? It is possible but it does not come automatically. These principles will take you to this destination, but it is easier read than done, so get started now!
The Now Habit: A Strategic Plan for Overcoming Procrastination, and Enjoying Guilt Free Play by Neil Fiore - This book taught the principle of the "unschedule" which is all about scheduling the most important things your life first before all the unimportant things take control of your calendar. This principle alone has been a life-saver in having my day work for me rather than me working for my day. Great book and great read!