Collective has been up and running for a month and a half now. To keep things running smoothly I rely on a handful of resources. Here are a few of my favorites:
Pen & Paper
It’s not a new app. I’m talking about a literal pen and paper. Even though I’m surrounded by devices begging to electronically store every piece of information in my brain, nothing really beats a sharpie pen and notebook. For to-do lists, sketches, and love notes pen and paper are simply unrivaled.
For every other occasion, there’s Evernote. As you may have inferred, Evernote is a note taking app.
It syncs your computer, tablet, and phone so you have the most up-to-date version everywhere. You can create lists, lengthy notes, graphs, and checklists inside custom notebooks. You can even share notebooks with friends and coworkers to collaborate, share work, and chat about projects.
I use it for everything from my business to recipes and travel planning. I am 1000% more organized since Evernote came into my life.
I love Spotify for sharing playlists with friends. It’s kind of like the mix tape or burnt CD (albeit less sentimental) of a younger generation.
iTunes is where I store all of my purchased music and catch up on podcasts. I’m still working through the grief caused by the great U2 betrayal of 2014, but it’s hard to find a better digital music and media player.
Google Drive & Dropbox
These apps are perfect for storing and sharing files on the go. Saving a presentation “just in case” before you get in front of a room full of expectant people is always a good idea.
Freshbooks takes the stress out of bookkeeping for my business. It’s more user-friendly than Quickbooks and it sends invoices, tracks time and expenses, and generates reports. It also bundles everything up nice and neat for my accountant at tax time. It’s one of the best investments I’ve made in my business.
I recently started using Buffer for my social media management. You can link and manage accounts from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. I’ve used lots of different tools in the past but I’m really loving the simplicity of this platform. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a clean interface.
My one stop for news, blogs, and information I care about. When Google Reader was discontinued (RIP) I was distraught. I thought I would never love another RSS aggregator again. But Feedly really stepped up and made the transition easy.
I am a methodical, color-coding, shameless planner. You know my calendar is on point. I’ve used Google Calendar and it’s A+ but iCal is more convenient for me since I work from a Mac.
Facetime & Google Hangouts
Only so much can be gleaned from a phone call. And it’s easy to forget that there’s a real, live person on the other end of that email. When I’m working with clients in different zip codes, video chat lets us have face-to-face meetings miles apart. Isn’t technology great?
Adobe Creative Cloud
I saved the best for last. I truly could not do my job without this fine suite of programs: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, the list goes on and on.