An inside look of tools I use to do my work and run my life

Working remotely sounds like the best thing in life. It’s also part of the reason I enjoy working as a writer, running my own blog, and creating digital products. I get to work anywhere at anytime. (But not the beach, that’s the worst place to work)

With the right tools, I can maximize my performance and output. I use them to write daily, run my blog, and improve my productivity.

In this page, you will find the most recommended tools I’m using to run my work and life.

NOTE: I get an affiliate commission or a referral bonus when you sign up for some of these tools using the links below. However, you’re not paying anything extra for them. Plus, most of them are free. (Win-win!)

1. MacBook Air 13.3” for Everything

This is no doubt the most valuable tool in my list. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to do anything. I prefer this over the pro series because I’m not a heavy technical user. I’m only using it for writing and basic image editing. Besides, it’s super thin and light which makes it easier for me to carry around.

2. Google Doc for Writing

I’m using Google Doc for writing blog articles. It’s a cloud service which means my files are always auto-saved and always be accessible online. Plus, I love the collaboration feature that allows me to work together with other people in the process of writing and editing.

3. MailerLite for Email Marketing (free for first 1,000 subscribers)

Email marketing is a big part of this blog. It’s how I collect your email address and send you weekly newsletters. I’ve used Aweber, Campaign Monitor, and MailChimp before MailerLite. While all of them did a great job, MailerLite is the best fit for me in term of functionality and price.

4. Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB for Recording

This is a new investment I’ve made recently for my online workshop. Sound quality is one of the crucial elements that affect the course quality. It’s not a high-end microphone, but it does the job well in delivering a high-quality course content to my paid students.

5. Elementor Pro for Web Page Design

I coded my WordPress theme in 2016. It took me a bunch of time because I’m not a professional theme developer. It’s fun to learn how to code a WordPress theme, but there are many things I can’t do because of my limited skills. Elementor Pro is the best tool to fill the gap. It’s a drag-and-drop builder for WordPress that saves me time and energy in designing my web pages for specific purposes such as this and other product pages.

6. RescueTime for Productivity Tracking

I’m using RescueTime to track how I spend my time (using my laptop). It works in the background and sends weekly reports to my inbox. It’s a great way to get feedback on how much time I’ve spent on which website both consciously and unconsciously (also known as distractions). It takes some time to categorize each site you visit during the first two weeks. After that, you don’t need to deal with it that often – only your productivity reports.

7. Workflowy for To-do List and Note Taking (2x free list space)

Workflowy is a simple app with bare-bone features. You can make bullet lists, tag other users, add hashtags, and strike off an item on the list. I’ve been using many to-do list apps ever since I’ve started to make them, but most apps have many features that only make my list more complicated than it is. With Workflowy, I get to focus on what matters the most — my to-do list.

8. Blinkist for Reading and Listening

Blinkist is a book summary app that holds over 2,000 bestselling non-fiction titles. I prefer to read the entire book over just reading the summary. But instead of reading the entire book, I sometimes find it useful to listen to a book summary first before deciding if I want to actually read the whole book.

9. YNAB for Budgeting (Try it free for 34 days)

I can’t stress enough the importance of having a budget. I started budgeting when I was 11 using a notebook. Then, I began to use a spreadsheet and tested a ton of other free budgeting apps. And hands down, YNAB (stands for You Need A Budget) is the best. It’s not free, but it’s the best!

10. Stop Breathe Think for Meditation

An easy-to-use, free meditation app. If you’re a beginner in meditation, they come with selections of guided meditation tracks. They also offer in-app purchases for advanced users.

11. StrongLifts for Strength Training

I create my own routine for strength training now but added StrongLifts to the list because it was the one that got me started on this journey. Before this, I was all over the place — getting snippets of fluffy information about health and fitness from the Internet and seeing no results. StrongLifts is the free training program that covers everything I need to know with depth and helps build a strong foundation in strength training overall.

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These are the most recommended tools I’m using right now. I’m also using and testing some other tools, but I’m not including all of them here because they are not the BEST I can recommend yet. I’m going to add more to the list when I find better tools in the future.