It’s the premier episode of The Mark Struczewski Show. Answering YOUR questions about productivity and time management.
I’m not just The Bald Productivity Expert. Nope. I am someone who absolutely loves productivity. It lights me up. I get so excited whenever I get a chance to talk or write about it. Which is A LOT!
So I was thinking about the productivity apps that really rock my world. Apps that I love tremendously. And then I thought to myself, “self, why don’t you share with the world the apps that rock your world?”
That’s where this article comes in.
Now before you begin reading, note that I as an Apple fan boy and as a result, most of the apps I recommend below are iOS and Mac only. I mean no offense to non-Apple fans…it’s just the way it is. Also, the links below are not affiliate links. They’re just links to the website where you can get more information. I get nothing if you purchase any of these apps.
Apps that rock my world
Day One – my choice for journaling. I’ve been using Day One for a very long time and they keep improving. Not free…but worth the price. I own both the iOS and Mac versions. I have been journaling every day since July 4, 2014: “Today, I read an article that said the iPhone and iPad version of Day One was free. So, because I’d heard so much about it, I decided to download it and try it out. I had been journaling on Evernote but this app seems more like a journaling app than does Evernote. Of course, after a trial, I could dump this app. Time will tell.” I didn’t dump the app and now I have over 3,257 entries! [iOS/Mac only]
Sleep Cycle – sleep is important. But how much sleep are you REALLY getting? And it’s not just the duration…but the QUALITY! Sleep Cycle will tell you. It uses your smart phones’ microphone in an ingenious way. Free and paid version – but I only use the free version because it’s all I need. [iOS/Android]
Scanner Pro – I am using my HP 3-in-1 printer, copier, scanner less and less these days (paper sucks!). Readdle’s Scanner Pro is a quality scanner app for your iPhone and iPad. Imports directly to my iCloud Drive (or Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Box, OneDrive, OneNote and WebDave). [iOS only]
Spark Email – another great Readdle product. This is the email app that Apple should have created for the iPhone, iPad and Macs. While it’s free, that’s the not best feature. The functionality is insane. [iOS/Mac only]
Fantastical 2 – I prefer my reminders and calendars to be integrated into one app and Flexibits’ Fantastical 2 does that. Unbelievable customization available to you. Integrates with Siri (which I love). Not free. Not inexpensive. But very worth it. I purchased it for my iPhone, iPad and Mac. [iOS/Mac only]
iBooks – what can I say? I’m an Apple fan boy. I love being in the Apple ecosystem. Obviously, iBooks is iOS/Mac only. Interestingly, the prices for books on iBooks and Kindle are identical.
iOS/Apple Notes – when Apple improved Notes with iOS 9 (and again with iOS 10), I left Evernote. iOS/Apple Notes does all that I need it to do…and more! Plus you can lock notes you don’t want others to be able to see.
Memrise – I’m on a quest to be conversationally fluent in español before I die. I have tried Duolingo but it only confused me. With Memrise, I’m really learning because they teach the literal translation (“tengo hambre” means “I have hunger” where in English we say, “I am hungry”). And they teach words/phrases that are important: ‘¿dónde está el hospital?” (Where is the hospital?) Plus it has built-in review! It keeps track of what you’ve learned and when you need to review words/phrases. [iOS/Android]
Safari – I love two things about the Safari browser: reader mode (which strips away everything except the content AND allows me to change the background to white, sepia, gray or black and adjust the size of the font) and the ability to store full articles for offline reading. [iOS/Mac only]
Dust – a new instant messenger app created by billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban. Messages delete after 24 hours. You can also delete your messages on another phone from your phone if you want to. I’ve even messaged Mark Cuban and he replied. You are notified if someone screen shots your thread. Which isn’t a big deal because you don’t see the person’s name who is replying to you. If you’re on Dust, send me a message (markstruczewski). [iOS/Android]
FB Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, text messaging – I wish I could only have one messaging app but let’s get real. This is the life we live nowadays. I have people on many of them. And who am I to tell someone that I only use one or two?
iCloud Drive – again, unapologetically an Apple fan boy. It just works for me. 5GB is free, 20GB is 99 cents a month, 200GB is $2.99, 1TB is $9.99 and 2TB, $19.99. I store everything in iCloud Drive (photos, videos, etc.). I have no files on my Mac. I need to be able to access any file anywhere I am.
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