Hey guys! In my last article, I was talking about my gadgets, tools of the trade, and how I use them. In this article I will be writing on what software I am using and for each platform. A majority of my organizing is coming from my cell phone. So let me start from there.
I closely monitor my tasks in gTasks application on my cell phone, which has a widget pointing me to the important things for that particular day. Another app that I am frequently using is Google Calendar. These two are combined together. Recently, one of the productivity apps that sneaked in is Pakoomba Call reminder, which helps me keep on track of the calls that I need to deal with during the day. On top of it all, one of most important applications is Evernote, which works flawlessly. In Evernote, I store and create content. I also clip web pages for future reference when I am creating new articles for this blog. It helps me keep pace with my day job.
But the bread and butter of my phone is Team Viewer application that allows me to keep in touch with everyone at all times. How do I do that? If you want to know what are the best applications for your Android phone, I recently wrote an article on apps for it. Feel free to check it out. I promise a lot of value in those recommendation.
It’s simple, on home computer (which is my base of operation basicly), I keep Digsby turned on whole the time, to manage all of my instant messaging. This way I keep other parts of my working environment uncluttered and distraction free. This is a really important part in my Productivity Ecosystem. I keep my desktop as my entertainment center when I am in front of and dually as my communication center when I am not at home. My home internet connection is up 24/7, so I appear offline even while I am traveling. This way, I can keep track of my downloads and schedule my computer to do automated work while I am not home, which tends to be more, and more often.
From software that I keep on my Windows 7 here’s the list:
1. Digsby (it doesn’t hurt to repeat this wonderful piece of software) – If you check the link, you will see I was already writing about this great instant messaging tool. Digsby phenomena is great and you should make sure to check it out.
2. iTunes – Apple software on my PC helps me greatly to organize my music files and access them on my other devices via Apple Home sharing. I listen to music from my Desktop on my Laptop and vice versa.
3. VLC Player – VLC Player is most versatile when it comes down to reading different video codes out there. If you don’t have it, download it. It’s free and light weight video player, with simpel functions. There is a Mac version also.
5. Mozilla FireFox – Mozilla is my secondary browser and helps me keep track of other accounts that I handle without logging off on my Chrome.
6. Screamer Radio – Also one of the tools that was featured a review. Lightweight simple internet player. If you waste too much time switching between songs on your player or you spend to much time checking out what YouTube clip to watch, than this is the application for you.
7. Evernote – My praized baby Everenote. One of the most useful applications ever made!
MacBook Pro (tricks for MBP newbs)
On my laptop I tend to avoid any kind of distractions, so I keep a list of communication apps to a minimum. Here’s a list of MacBook Software that I use:
1. Google Chrome
2. iCal which is synced to Google Calendar
5. Skype – I use Skype for recording of interviews with various different netizens. There is an upcoming interview with Jacob from Pakoomba Call remidner!
6. Garage Band
iPad (in case you missed my iPad review and tips)
1. Flipboard (best free app out there)
2. Instapaper (available on App Store for 5$)
3. iCab and Terra browsers (iCab is 2$, Terra is free)
4. Skype (free)
5. LastPass and Xmarks (only for subscribers, yearly subscription is 12$)
Now that we’ve covered all the programs that I am using on all 4 different platforms, I’m sure you’ve noticed a pattern. Certain applications are repeating themselves across all the platforms. Those are my core tools of the trade, helping me keep myself organized and synchronized. Synchronisation itself brings many benefits to the user. Most importantly, you won’t have to worry about whether you forgot a document or not.
Let’s not mention that I have troubles keeping everything in sync, because of 4 different platforms that I am spread across. In all probability I am either gonna switch my tablet to Android, or I am gonna switch my Samsung Galaxy to iPhone. I am still debating on productivity between these two platforms, when it comes to mobile devices.
What to take in consideration when you are managing multiple devices? What tools are good for you? Always use what feels most natural and comfortable for you. Stick to ecosystem that brings you the result. There is no true GTD formula, only guidelines. What works the best is what you decide for yourself and stick to it.