Here are some of the apps that I use on a daily or near-daily basis. I can’t live without them, and most are free.
Evernote— My external brain, used for all note-taking, decluttering, research, and more. I normally use it 10+ times per day.
F.lux — Prevents laptop-induced insomnia. Dims/reheats your screen at local sundown.
Basecamp 3 — Rallying people around a project and keeping everyone on the same page is already tough enough. And it’s easy to make it harder than it needs to be. Using multiple products, constantly chatting, or sending a bunch of emails around makes things more complicated. What’s official? How do I see it all? Where’s the right place to share something? It’s a hot mess. Use Basecamp and you’ll have everything you need neatly organized in one place. It’s a calmer, more peaceful way to work.
Noisli — Sounds, white noise, and colors for productivity or relaxation.
Sideline - Add a second number to your smartphone since personal numbers aren’t for work.
Paste — Have you ever cut and pasted two or three things, and lost something hugely important that you cut first? Horrible. Paste, which is free, allows you to store (and easily retrieve) 40+ copied or cut things from your clipboard.
Headspace or Calm — Never been able to meditate? Need to calm your children? These guided meditation apps make all the difference.
Coach.me (formerly “Lift”) — For adding new habits or ending old habits. This is the only thing that got me to floss regularly. Right now I'm working to enhance my relationship with my wife. So far so good :)
Digital Performer 9 - I've used DP for over ten years, and currently, I use this app for post production of my podcast, Successfully Funded. Spark your creativity, then refine your mix — all in a singular workflow. Digital Performer 9 delivers inspirational features devised to ignite your creative muse, combined with state-of-the-art studio production technologies engineered for the most demanding, world-class recording and production environments.
Scrivener — This is the word processor I use for Woodshed Agency Blogs/Private Documents. Unlike Word, it doesn’t crash every five minutes, and it was originally designed for screenplays. I can also look at multiple docs at once in the same window. It’s wonderfully minimalist.