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These are just some of the many things mentioned throughout posts on my blog which I personally use!
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60 Mac Tips Volume (MacSparky and Brett Terpstra)
There are two volumes in this guide - 1 and 2, which give you 120 tips! I learnt lots of things with these two which I now use every day.
Fun fact: This list of recommendations is in AirTable!
All the Things
This course has plenty of productivity tips and tricks for all task management users - not just Things users!
Apollo for Reddit
My favourite Reddit app.
This is much prettier than the iOS contacts app and allows me to add social media profiles much more easily. I also really like the Birthdays tab which gives me a good overview - much better than cluttering up my calendar where I'll ignore them!
Coda by Panic
Whenever I want to edit a file on one of my servers on iOS this is the app I go to, everytime.
Myke and CGP Grey have shared so many ideas I've borrowed over the last few yeas, if you're looking for an iOS look at productivity and more this is a great podcast to listen to.
Deliveries: a package tracker
I have a slight shopping habit, but now I know what should be delivered when!
Drafts for iOS
Screen time on iOS confirms: Drafts and Shortcuts are neck and neck! I honestly don't know what I'd do without it.
Drafts for Mac
Drafts is great on the Mac too.
A podcast that started out as being for independent workers, and has since transitioned into a productivity focused show - Mike and David share how they get things done.
A great app for finding GIFs and it’s an iMessage app too!
HomePass for HomeKit
Those codes on HomeKit devices are never in convenient spots - especially the ones you need to plug in to set up. HomePass alleviates that frustration and gives you a safe spot to store the info!
iTunes Volume Control
Not being able to control my iTunes volume with my keyboard drives me insane. I'm still not sure why Apple decided to do that, but thankfully there are people out there who dislike this "feature" as much as I do and wrote a little menu bar app to fix it!
An extremely useful utility for seeing how JSON is structured and copying keys - I use this all the time when working with dictionaries in Shortcuts.
This is basically the app on the Mac on the Mac if you want to automate things. It has dozens of triggers to run your Macros and hundreds of actions to execute.
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Kindle Oasis E-reader
I love to read and this is my favourite kindle so far.
Mac Power Users
This podcast was my gateway drug into the world of people sitting behind their microphones helping others.
MacSparky Drafts Field Guide
This free course is a short collection of videos about Drafts which is a great intro to both iOS and macOS apps.
MacSparky Hazel Field Guide
If I hadn't watched this field guide I feel like my use of Hazel would be practically non-existant. This application is very helpful but seeing David break down the use cases and how they work really inspired me and helped me get it all set up.
MacSparky Keyboard Maestro Field Guide
If you want to learn about Keyboard Maestro this is an excellent way to do it.
Micro.Blog is a great social network, and on Micro Monday Jean MacDonald introduces you to one person on the network for a quick interview!
Mike Schmitz: Journalling Bootcamp
Journalling is something I've been trying to get better at for some time - and this course gave me plenty of ideas as well as action items to get on with it.
Mike Schmitz: Personal Retreat Handbook
I struggle with goal setting and seeing the big picture and am very happy to have found this course which walked me through it step by step.
I love taking notes in Notability. The organisation works for me, as do the different paper types and inks. I mostly use this on my iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.
Offline Pages Pro
This great app lets you save webpages (and the links in them) offline - great if you want to say have a copy of the Drafts app documentation when you're on a plane!
This is my podcast app of choice - the smart speed saves me time, and the ability to have offline playback on your Apple Watch is very useful.
You'd be surprised how often I want or need access to my server via SSH on iOS - this lets me do it!
Extremely useful for triggering notifications which when opened run Shortcuts and other automations on my iOS devices.
I might be biased as I love making screencasts for SCO, but there are some really amazing tutorials there too!
If you've ever wanted to write code to control your iPhone without needing to write a whole app this is the way to do it!
Thre are so many apps here that I use everyday - it's well worth it to me.
With this app you can do anything from control your lights to create documents, and much more.
Shure Beta 87A Microphone
This is my podcasting microphone as recommended and used by many others! It works nicely for me.
Sid Meier's Civilization® VI
This is a great way to pass the time - especially when travelling. Multi player mode is rock solid.
The Omni Show
It's nice to get to hear the stories of the people behind the apps I use everyday - as well as hear how they tackle problems they come across when making that software!
The Weekly Review
It's refreshing to hear a take on Getting Things Done from Jean and James - they don't pretend to know it all and let us into their lives and tell us what they're strugglng with.
I like to use Trello for planning projects longer term - I have lots of ideas for things I'd like to do as a professional nerd and being able to see all of them and organise them keeps me happy!
VAVA USB C Hub
This works perfectly with all the devices I've tried it with - no drivers necessary.
I've always sucked at updating pictures of my contacts and now I can just tap a few buttons to do it!
Waterfield Staad Backpack
This is my backpack of choice, small enough I can take it as a personal item when flying, large enough to fit all my tech!
Whirlwind Micmute Mute Switch
This is the cough switch I use - you click on and click off which means there's no worries about your foot slipping while coughing!
A significant amount of my work lives in version control and I access all of these items in Working Copy.
This is so much better than dropping things onto my desktop and then having to clear them off later, it appears when I need it and hides the rest of the time.
I use Zapier to connect so many services together, without it my life wouldn't function as neatly as it does!
ZMI USB PD Battery & Hub
As well as being a good size battery pack that works with my MacBook Air, this can even function as a USB Hub!
Zoom H4N PRO
This is my USB audio interface for my XLR microphone - it also lets me record on the road straight to it!
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