There are gazillions of tools and resources on the internet, and it can get really hard to choose which tool for 10x’ing productivity. So I decided to make a list of the tools I use currently and keep the list updated.
Googling — The very first resource for me to find answers is Google’s undeniably superior search engine. I think if someone bothers other people in their work or online communities by asking questions that can be answered a couple of Google search queries, they are just stealing real human time & energy instead of machines’. There’s even a website for telling people how easy Googling is: Let me Google that for you 🙂
Slack — Slack is a great product for communication. It’s best for small and mid-sized companies, and also for creating communities. Instead of opening a Facebook group or forum or something like that, you can just open a Slack team for your community. The experience is both more enjoyable and effective. BUT, overcommunication can cause some troubles, especially for tech folks. Since communication is so simple and easy, developers can get overwhelmed with all the notification traffic.
Update: I discovered a simple & productive way for using being a member of more than one Slack communities that are not directly related to my revenue stream, i.e. your job or jobs:
- Set up highlight words about the topics that I don’t want to miss out
- Enable email notifications for direct messages & highlight words
- Log out of the Slack community and keep an eye on the email notifications, join the conversation if you feel like to.
Enabling email notifications for the things you care about in these communities has another profound effect: having a distilled archive of these communities in your inbox. Since most of the non-commercial communities are in the free plan of Slack, the messages older than the last 10,000th are not achievable via the Slack app.
Buffer — Buffer is just a simple and great tool for social media automation. I use it both for personal and business use at work. It gets better and better when you use integration with automation tools.
Zapier — I use Zapier to automate a variety of tasks by creating “Zap”s. The power of Zapier comes from its library with 500+ app integrations available.
Google Sheets — Besides common use as a spreadsheets product, I use Google Sheets as a platform for automation. For example, I set up an automated query for fetching data from Google Analytics to a spreadsheet every day, and then use the results from Google Analytics to activate some triggers at Zapier to send the results to other platforms, like Buffer, or Slack.
Supermetrics — I use Supermetrics Google Sheets add-on for automating data from sources like Facebook Insights, Facebook Ads, Google Analytics.
Google Analytics add-on for Google Sheets — It’s a free add-on for running automated queries to Google Analytics. If a lot of people are asking you custom data from Google Analytics, it’s a life saver, a real 10x’er. And it’s totally free — there’s a quota limit for Google Analytics API queries, though.
Evernote — Evernote is a great note-taking tool for both personal and professional use. I use its desktop and mobile apps almost every day.
Skitch — Skitch is an app of Evernote, useful for taking screenshots and make simple modifications to them. Skitch has both desktop and mobile apps.
f.lux — This is a great tool to treat your eyes respectfully, especially if you’re a night owl.
onelink.to — A pretty useful web app for creating one link that redirects to different URLs depending on the operating system. I used this tool for simplifying app downloads with one link to all app stores, and then used that link as call to action of a Facebook Page 😉 It also provides a nice graph for tracking clicks on your link from each platform.
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