Achieving productivity is every writer’s goal, especially after investing several hours into researching a topic. In this post, I have put together 10 tools I use to achieve productivity as a writer. I hope you find them useful too.
Workflowy is a zoomable document that provides unprecedented flexibility in organizing your ideas. It is more or less, a notebook for lists that helps you get creative and productive. This is a simple and easy to use tool for organising and following up on your daily to do list. It may interest you to know that other cool places like Slack, a $2 billion company, was started with WorkFlowy, while, The New York Times bestselling book Hatching Twitter was written using WorkFlowy.
Now, do not be surprised that Slack made it to the list of tools I use for keeping track of my daily pursuit of excellence. Why this is so is because Slack is one of the best messaging app for teams that is on a mission to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. Through this, app, I have discovered and joined teams that have helped me to grow in my personal and business life. You can have it either on your tablet for on-the-go use or on your laptop computer.
With Evernote, you should never forget or lose an idea that comes to your again. Whenever, I am on the move or in a meeting and I get a wave of an idea, I just open my iPad, quickly go straight to launch my Evernote app and type it in so I can go back to it later. If I am in a haste, I could also just do a voice recording of whatever is in my heard and then, I can play it back later. Interestingly, you can have it both on your smartphone and on your laptop computer.
If you are someone who uses lots of apps to get your work done, then Zapier lets you easily connect those apps together to help you experience an easy flow of seemingly tedious tasks, instead of waiting for third-party app developers to offer the SaaS integrations you need. With Zapier, you can easily connect Mailchimp, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Twitter, Stripe, Recurly, Shopify, and many more, making it easy for use to integrate these products anytime.
My everyday tool for real-time storage and updating of files as I work, allowing me access to these files from anywhere I can connect to the internet is Dropbox. I have used Dropbox for more than 3 years now and I can tell you that is this one of the best cloud storage app you can ever think of. With it, I do not need to carry my computer up and down, so long as I have access to one where I am going to and I’m able to access the internet.
For someone with no graphic design skills like me, and still needs to create images for my blog, I look for a simple and easy to use tool online. In this situation, Canva comes in handy. Most of my designs, including my ebooks are created using Canva. And interestingly, it keeps all your designs in one place so you can come back to it to rework it any time any day. Most of the resources such as images and texts you needs are available for free, while come cost just a dollar if you prefer to use the premium ones.
When I create a post and what to have it shared over a number of times or period, while I focus on other important things, I use buffer. Buffer is a scheduling application that let’s you share updates of your post or other stuffs in a very easy and smart way over the major social media platfroms.
Getting good photos for your post or podcast image could be hard. Meanwhile, an online place like Unsplash has done the work for you. It is a stock-free photo website for people who work with photos. You can get different photos for your work and, they are totally free without any copyright infringement, thought it would be lovely to credit the photographer.
This is an email marketing and newsletter service with a long and proven track record. Building up your own database of email contacts is vital for the majority of small businesses. It helps you find out more about your customers or potential ones. MailChimp makes this so easy and over time you can add more information such as demographics (age, gender, location etc). Mailchimp offers up to 2000 emails on their free plan and that is a good number to start with. You can then upgrade as your list grows. This is the service I currently use for all my projects.
10. Twitter Feed
For those looking to feed an RSS of a blog straight to your Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn profile, Twitter Feed has you covered. Simply enter your feed, connect your social media accounts and send your posts away, complete with tracking tools for follow up. I have used this since 2013 and it has been awesome.