Products & Software I use.
And other things I dig.
I've been asked a few times what software and tools I use to organise my personal and work life. Here’s a big list of all of my favorite stuff. I'll try post on how I use some of these.
My life lives in Things 3.
I've lost count of how many different ToDo apps I've tried (Todoist, TickTick, ClickUp, Asana, Wunderlist...) but I always kept coming back to Things.
I kept thinking I needed more features like calendar, attachments, API. But over time I came to find those things just added noise and created bad habits.
Respect to the Cultured Code crew for not caving in to all our demands and ending up bloated.
Crazy fast and crazy customisable. I've got a number of custom commands and scripts to make my day to day work that little bit quicker. It all adds up.
Another thing I've tried everything on is email, even with a long stint using Superhuman (quick review: it's great, but get yourself into an inbox zero habit and master keyboard shortcuts and you're 90% of the way there).
I actually like the Gmail site and iOS apps, but the thing that pulled me over the line with Spark was the integration with Things 3 to easily push emails (as links) into my ToDo list.
It makes hitting Inbox Zero every morning (often in bed) crazy easy.
For freeform notes, brainstorming, research that I'd like to also find the connections between, I use Logseq.
I have all my reading highlights from Kindle, Pocket etc synced into Logseq via Readwise.
Previously I used RoamResearch... but Logseq does all that and more, for free.
When I want to create content in a more structured way, or in more of a connected database type way, I turn to Notion.
I'm a sucker for physical books, and like a lot of people I buy way more books than I could ever consume.
But the practicality of having a dedicated device with zero distractions that fits your entire library and more, just can't be beat.
I've been a subscriber of Pocket for a long while now, I've got a habit of throwing articles in there rather than just reading them immediately. Which at first I felt was bad, but I've come to find as a natural filter.
RSS aint dead.
Everyone needs a good podcast app, PocketCasts always just spoke to me. I dig the layout and feature set.
Plus I was lucky enough to have purchased before they went to a subscription model.
I still need to do some engineering now and then for legacy code on Elevio. When that's needed, VS Code is my goto. Previously it was Sublime for its speed.
Used to use SequelPro, but needed something for Postgres DBs. TablePlus to the rescue.
14” MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 64GB RAM (2021)
Before this maching I was using a MacBook Air purely for its portability. But when work offered to provide a 14" Macbook Pro when they came available I jumped at it.
This thing is a beast, and it's just as portable. I love it.
Samsung S65U - 34 inch Curved Monitor
I'd always been a dual screen person, but this is so much more practical in my mind. I can comfortably two apps side by side, and without any bezel between them. The way it hugs your eyes is pretty pleasing.
Keychron K3v2 Mechanical Keyboard
It took me forever to get into the machanical keyboard world, 2022 actually. No idea why it took me so long, I dig the more tactile feel and the (light) clicky clack.