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Tools & Tech

Tools & Tech

As a tech and productivity nerd. I’m always on the lookout for new tools to help me in my quest to better organisation, productivity, and wellbeing.

Updated regularly, this page is a list of the tools I currently use.

Productivity and NoteTaking

Notion

I have been using Notion.so for a while now, and it’s probably my most used app. Notion combines notes, databases, kanban boards, wikis, calendars, and reminders into a single workspace. It works for solo workers as well as teams of all size.

I organise my whole work & personal life in Notion. Everything I need to stay organised and productive is available in a single app. 👉🏻 Notion.so

Roam Research

This one I always find hard to describe. It's an advanced note app that also acts as a mind map and second brain. Roams top feature is bi-directional hyperlinks. It acts like your brains Wiki server.

But rather than me try to explain more, take a closer look at 👉🏻 Roamresearch.com

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Fastmail.com

I use Fastmail for my personal and business email. One of my favourite features (apart from them being really fast) is that I can add up to 100 domains and 600 alias names on a single account. Great for those involved in multiple projects. 👉🏻 Fastmail.com

Google Workspace

The collaboration suite from Google gives you everything you will ever need for productivity. I’ve used Workplace (formerly G Suite) for as long as I can remember. I haven’t got a single Microsoft product installed on my Mac. You can sign up for a free 14-day 👉🏻 Google Workspace.

Fancy 20% discount off your first years Google Work subscription?No catch, simply drop me an email with Coupon Request in the subject line at [email protected], and I’ll reply with a coupon code.

My Kit

📱 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

I love the iPhone for many reasons, but most of all because they just work. iCloud keeps everything in sync with my laptop and the cloud. I am holding back on upgrading to the iPhone 12 as the difference between the two models isn’t enough to justify it now.

💻 Apple MacBook Pro 13" M1

I am lucky enough to own the MacBook Pro with Apples new M1 chip and wow, what a machine. Fast, powerful, lightweight and not a sign of Microsoft anywhere.

🔌 Peripherals

📔🖋️ Notebook and Pen

Vinyl has made a come back, retro watches are all the trend, but I’m all for the notebook and pen (just realised that rhymed). I tried note-taking with an iPad and Apple Pencil, but it wasn’t for me. I like a good quality notebook and a pen that enhances my writing experience, so it’s one of enjoyment and not a hardship.

📚 Kindle Paperwhite

Like my notepad and pen, I still prefer a paper-based book and look forward to my trips to the local bookshop. So, why do I own a Kindle? In short, for research purposes, I can easily highlight sections of the book, add notes and then export them and drop them into an app like Roam Research (see above)

The second reason is that English Grammar has never been my strongest subject. Some of the books I read have some pretty uncommon, seriously hard to pronounce, unnecessarily used words. With the Kindle, I simply click on any word within the page and a handy little pop-up window appears with a full explanation of the words meaning. Worth every penny for that alone.