Did you miss your favorite TV shows again last night? It happens to most of us at one point or another, and up until recently, unless you were blessed to have a Tivo or some other DVR, you were out of luck. Sure, you could always go to the websites for each of the individual shows, but if they are on different networks, that’s such a hassle!
How many clicks or keystrokes does it take you to launch your favorite web browser? How many seconds does it take?
Most Mac users just add Safari or Firefox to their dock and then when they want to go online, they reach for their mouse, look for the appropriate icon and then click it to launch the application.
Well, if you’re like me, after a while, you end up with over 2 dozen icons in your dock, and over 100 applications installed on your machine. Trying to find the correct icon in the dock (if it’s even there) becomes a tad tricky, especially if you only use that application once in a while.
The solution: a free utility called Quicksilver.
For those of you with a Mac, you absolutely have to check out OmniFocus. It is by far the most elegant and useful productivity application I’ve ever used, and has significantly increased my daily time and task management.
At first glance, OmniFocus is simply a to-do list organizer. You can easily add items to the list, give them a Start/End Date and Time, and an estimated duration. You can also add a description to the task if you’d like. But, where OmniFocus truly stands out over your standard to-do list is in what it calls Projects and Contexts.
Evernote is one of the coolest time-saving applications I’ve come across in a long time, and I wanted to do a quick overview of why it’s a must-have in your digital toolbox.
For one, Evernote is by far the easiest and most versatile method for capturing information I’ve ever seen. Are you more of an auditory person? Fine, record an audio note. A list-maker? Perfect, add a text note. A visual thinker? Excellent, take a photo. No matter which way you capture the information, Evernote will store it in your notebook, and save it for later.
“But Allen,” you may be thinking, “why not just carry around a pen and paper?” Glad you asked! Like so many of my favorite tools, the real beauty of Evernote lies under the hood.