Hey, Sebastian Marshall here. Last week DROdio was kind enough to write his "Life Benefits of Employing the Self Discipline of a Buddhist Monk" on my blog, and I wrote "What if organization and execution were the same thing?" on here (I hope you enjoyed it!).
I wanted to come back and share a little more, so I wrote up some recommendations on great services and apps that are either free or cheap, that directly leads to gain in cash, time, or effectiveness. Please reply and share your own!
Schwab Investor Checking: The best bank account in the USA, period. No monthly fees, ATM fee reimbursement from any ATM worldwide. No currency exchange fees. AMAZING customer service. Nice UI/website. If you're American, you should get one of these accounts yesterday.
Awesome Screenshot For Google Chrome: It's free, and it's very useful if you're doing anything remotely technology related. Screenshot something, get an instant link to send to people. Great lightweight, useful Chrome plugin.
80,000 different ways to read Kindle Books: Most people don't realize that there's Kindle for everything. I use Kindle for Mac, Kindle for iPhone, and Kindle Cloud Reader regularly... great way to make your browser and iPhone screen-time more productive. Cloud Reader has a very nice Chrome plugin too. Seriously, if you aren't currently using Kindle books at all due to lack of Kindle, go check all the free options they have there (they also have PC, Android, Windows Phone, webOS, and Blackberry). Seriously, very nice to be able to snag a Kindle book and have it appear on all devices you've got. Most people don't know about all the ways to read Kindle books.
The Evernote Trunk: You've probably tried Evernote already. It's a neat way to sync everything across all your devices, great for lists you need everywhere, gym logs, time tracking, and things like that. But did you know about the Evernote Trunk, which gives you tons of extra functionality? I particularly dig the Evernote Web Clipper which lets you snag stuff you see while browsing and drop it into an evernote. Also, I use Premium Evernote -- the shared notebooks are great for lightweight and midweight collaboration.
Pipeline Deals: I researched a hell of a lot of CRM/sales tracking, and I think Pipeline is the best. Very easy pricing ($15 per account, unlimited usage), good functionality, very customizable but the customization and usage interfaces are cleanly separated so it gets out of your way after it's set up how you like. btw, I think if you're using Highrise, you're nuts. Pipeline is way better and cheaper. You can make it just as minimal as Highrise if that's your thing (and cheaper), or you can grow out of the box that 37Signals wants to philosophically put you in and get more functionality.
DuckDuckGo.com: It's not quite ready for primetime, but I find it gets quite different results than the more mainstream search engines, and is occasionally a great boon when looking for something different. Has some really neat syntax that's worth taking the time to learn.
Trello.com For Project Management: I was introduced to this for the head Developer Advocate at Shopify, David Underwood (great guy, also Shopify is a great platform if you want quite simple ecommerce). And Trello... rocks. It's awesome at what it is. It's hard to describe exactly why it's so great, but the best is probably "a whiteboard on steroids." SETT is project-managed on Trello, quite a few of my projects are now that I found it. It's great because it almost forces people to break actions and projects into discrete tasks/milestones. Yeah, it's a project management tool that's lightweight, powerful, and forces people to use logic. Seriously, go check it out.
Now... don't procrastinate, go grab one of these and enhance your productivity and quite possibly your wallet. And don't forget to share your favorite services and apps too!
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