My Recommended Toolkits
Here you’ll find the list of all of the resources that I use and highly recommend if you are a designer or if your simply into productivity.
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Figma – I’ve made the switch from Adobe XD to Figma for my mockup creation tool. The collaborative features of Figma have allowed me to streamline the designer to developer communication process which is making life a lot easier. I was also motivated enough to create design assets and a custom style guide for the company where I work. This makes the process of creating mockups so much easier as I’m not fiddling around trying to design a button every time.
Adobe Photoshop – I have been using Photoshop since I was in college and I won’t be leaving it any time soon. I originally used Photoshop for mockup creation, a role that is now fulfilled by Figma. With that said, nothing can beat Photoshop for image editing which I still do frequently. I also use Photoshop from time to time to create various design assets like posters and flyers.
Adobe Illustrator – I absolutely love using Illustrator to create logos, icons, and other fun designs. As it’s vector-based, I can generate assets that can scale to whatever size is necessary and the tools in Illustrator are super powerful and easy to use.
- The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team – Patrick Lencioni
- The Design of Everyday Things – Don Norman
- The Inmates Are Running The Asylum – Alan Cooper
- Show Your Work – Austin Kleon
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Todoist – I use Todoist as my task management system. It’s flexible enough to allow me to organize my tasks based on my work and personal life. The use of contexts (labels and filters) allows me to see my task list for just that day and remove any clutter so I don’t have to think about it. The UI is stunning and it’s natural language processing makes it so quick to add new tasks. What’s more, I can use it on my phone and on my computer so wherever I am I’ll know what tasks are on my plate.
Notion – I couldn’t recommend Notion enough. I use Notion as my project management tool and wiki for both my personal and professional life. They have recently made their free plan virtually unlimited so I would definitely say now is the time to ditch Evernote and start using Notion.
Obsidian – I have recently started delving into the world of Obsidian to create & develop my personal knowledge management system and it seems to be going well. The idea of PKMs and Zettelkastens are “so hot right now” so it’s difficult to ignore. I came across this concept when I read the book How To Take Smart Notes and so decided to try it out. Obsidian is a markdown editor with a whole host of file linking and other capabilities that allows you to cultivate a system of evergreen or permanent notes.
Typora – Typora is my markdown editor of choice. Its interface is so simple and clean that it offers a distraction-free workspace to concentrate on writing articles and other documents. I use Typora for my technical writing at work. I also use it when I’m creating blog articles as the markdown file format offers me a lot of flexibility when moving between different systems. I also recently updated the theme to dark mode which has made the writing experience even more enjoyable.
GoodTime – Minimalist Pomodoro timer – I use the GoodTime app on my phone to work to the Pomodoro method which allows me to concentrate and get in a state of flow for a set period of time without distractions. This also really helps me get over the hump of actually starting work and I certainly recommend this approach to others.
- The Bullet Journal Method – Ryder Carrol
- Getting Things Done – David Allen
- Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport
- How To Take Smart Notes – Sönke Ahrens