Are you busy? I bet you are. I am too and that is why I wanted to share with you 11 cool things that I use to crush each day. These tools/sites/apps can save you time and boost productivity. Others just bring enjoyment to my day because sometime you just need to “Treat yo self”. Check them out!
I buy EVERYTHING on Amazon. I really dislike shopping or being anywhere near a mall or department store. Recently, I discovered a life-changing Amazon perk, Amazon Prime Now. It allows you to order groceries over the computer and have them delivered to your door two hours later. It’s a beautiful thing. As a Prime subscriber, the only added fee is the recommended tip. Well worth it. My goal is to never step foot in a grocery store again.
I am not a real man. I am incapable of growing any semblance of a beard. Therefore, it makes no sense to have weird patchy hair on my face. I’m not a believer in electric shavers so I use a blade. Have you seen the cost of those things? It’s laughable how overpriced they are. Enter, Dollar Shave Club. I use “The 4x” which means I receive four 4-blade cartridges per month in the mail. Super cheap. Great shave.
As previously mentioned, I’m not real big on going to stores. Manpacks has made it easy to replace undershirts, socks, underwear, and other essentials without going anywhere. You can pick and choose what products (and at what prices) you want from their website. Then, you will receive these products every quarter, automatically. It’s a great way to cycle out your crappy shirts. Also, no grown man needs to be wearing socks or underwear with holes in them. Replace those bad boys.
I am trying to make a concerted effort to become more organized. Evernote is an organizational/note-taking tool. I use it to keep a “note” of blog ideas, a to-do list, and a list of articles or quotes that I really enjoyed. The best part is that it automatically syncs across many devices. I have it on my laptop and also my smartphone so that I can stay up-to-date everywhere. I really enjoy it. If you are someone who keeps many different lists, you should give it a whirl.
I am a big, big fan of podcasts. Whether I am writing, doing paperwork, or driving, I try to be productive. Whatever your interests are, there are at least 5 podcasts about it. I’ll give you a few that I really enjoy. The first is an everyday thing and the other two are a few times a week…
- NPR Up First: I’m not a news or politics junkie but I believe it’s important to stay aware of current events. Up First is only 10-15 minutes each morning but gives you the rundown of important goings-on.
- The Tim Ferriss Show: Tim Ferriss is a fascinating guy and author of the best-selling book, The 4-Hour Workweek. He tries to learn about what makes his guests tick, what made them successful, what their mindset is, and digs deep to give listeners a raw understanding of a variety of topics. Tip: Check out his recent podcast interview of Vince Vaughn, it was great. Two thumbs up.
- The Joe Rogan Experience: This dude is a trip. You all might remember him as the host of Fear Factor back in the day. He also is a stand-up comic and UFC commentator. Really smart and interesting guy. In his podcast he has long-form conversations with people from all different disciplines. I’ve listened when he’s had on Navy Seals, comedians, politicians, authors, actors, and professors. It can get weird at times but you’ll learn and be entertained.
I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions but I did make a goal this year to read 24 books. You may think it’s cheating but occasionally I listen to books as well. If you commute for work, you can easily listen to a book or two per month. It’s a good look. When you sign up for a free trial, you get a free book. So what do you have to lose?
The first few books I listened to on Audible were by Gary Vaynerchuk. One cool thing about Audible is that many of the books are narrated by the actual author so you can get additional insight and in the right tone.
My girlfriend got me an Echo for Christmas last year. I love this thing. If I’m cooking or doing anything around the house, I’m bumping my Spotify music (more on that later). You can ask it questions, set timers, or add things to your shopping list. Also, if you have nephews or friends that have small children, there’s a lot of fun “skills” that are fun to play around with. You can customize a “flash briefing” to listen to the day’s news in the morning while you make a coffee as well. Really nifty gadget.
Nope, that’s not a typoâ€¦ two r’s. Fiverr connects you with freelancers from all over the world. There are experts who can help you with everything from logo creation to relationship advice. I have used it a number of times (not for the relationship advice). This blog was created using WordPress. When I started it, I knew absolutely nothing about WordPress. I hired an expert to help me fix some issues I was having. I also have hired someone to create video intros and outros. It’s a great place to look if you need some help with just about anything.
As previously mentioned, I’m trying to read more books. I occasionally read physical copies but I much prefer reading digitally. I love that you can access from anywhere and take notes/highlight favorite passages. I also tend to be messy so I don’t need a bunch of books piling up all over the house. I have the app on my phone and Ipad. It makes reading very convenient. If you have a book suggestion, let me know in the comments. I’m always adding to my list.
Any of you do any networking? If you are in any career where you are constantly meeting new people and exchanging business cards, get Scan Biz Cards. You take a picture of a business card and the app then recognizes and saves the pertinent fields of information for you. Now, you can throw the business card away but you’ll always have the contact saved in your app with their contact info. Less clutter is always a good thing.
Spotify is amazing. For those that don’t know, it is a streaming music service. They have a free version but I choose to pay the $10/month for premium. This allows you to make “offline” playlists so that you can listen to your music anywhere without using data. The music at your fingertips is endless. You can discover great artists that you otherwise wouldn’t know. I’m a huge fan and have been using it for years.
Who I’m listening to now: Gregory Porter
I hope you can use some of these items to start crushing each day! Most everything on this list is inexpensive and easy to use. I hope you found one or two items that you can start implementing. Do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments, I’m always open to new things!