Listen to the full episode on iTunes (and please leave a rating to help the podcast reach more people): E26: The Very Best Online Tools We Use
In this episode we discuss the top tools we use on our computers (software, add-ons, apps, and websites).
- Firebug: If you like webdesign and you want to see code, you can use it.
- Last pass: Passwords.
- Noisli — Engineer your sound environment. (Ambient sound, not music). We use it a lot.
- Wikihow – surprisingly good tutorials that almost always work – when you want to learn something. Everything from how to write a book or a script, to setting up a router or leasing a car…… Excellent checklists you can use to get started with complex tasks.
- Academy of Achievement. Excellent long-form written interviews with famous Americans from different areas and industries.
- Have I been Pwned? — see if your email has been stolen by hackers.
- Justdeleteme. — remove your email registration / account from the most popular online websites and software services. Big time saver if you want to do that.
- Google Alerts — for your name, business, job search, etc…. Can be used cleverly if you spend 15 min to do a research for how to use it.
- everytimezone.com – See what time it is all around the world.
- whichdateworks.com – find a date that suits everyone (multiple participants).
- 10FastFingers — see what your typing speed is. If it’s slow. Say, under 50 words per minute, then you could practice for 10 minutes per day for a week and increase it to at least 70 wpm easily.
- Fiverr – for cheap outsourcing. Works best for design, and basic chores.
- Youtube – avoid recommended videos/highlights. Bookmark your “subscriptions” page. Instead of youtube.com (Youtube > settings > my subscription >bookmark)
Software/programs: (and apps)
- Evernote (or OneNote) — which we both use for commonplacing. Listen to episode #22 about creating a review file to learn in detail.
- Zapier & IFTTT – automation. IFTTT is lighter. Zapier is more complex, but can be very useful for online business. You need accounts for both.
- Scrivener – writing structured long format documents/books
- Rescuetime — how you spend time on the computer. Useful until you notice a pattern.
- Gmail. (Advice: Keep multiple inboxes. And use gmail filters.) Use the different filters or inboxes as shortcuts on your smartphone too. (Avoid seeing all email at once).
- Undo-send. 30 seconds to cancel mistakenly sent emails.
- F.lux. Natural screen light – instead of the blue light from laptop screen. Auto-adjust to when the sun sets in your timezone. And the phone app Twilight (android) – does the same for your phone
- Use no more than 3 screens on your phone. To avoid distraction/attention drain. If this is hard, you can do a quick 1-week test using the app QualityTime, it shows your app usage.
- Alfred for Mac: Quickly search your mac (much faster than spotlight). Great if you’re working with lots of documents and often need to change between apps and documents.
- CleanMyMac: Cleans up your mac from junk and duplicate files in just a few minutes. It can really make a difference in the speed of your mac.
– Oskar Faarkrog
We are right now creating the Future Skills Program which will be an online video course covering decision-making, career, and networking with weekly homework and evaluations.
* Why decision making and risk management? Because better decisions and risk management equal better finances, better relationships and an overall better life.
* Decisions are the foundation of everything you do and the outcome you eventually get.