I used to have a resources page where I listed tools and resources, but I’ve found some change on a regular basis while others last the course. These are the tools that I’ve used most over the last year.
I’ve use Evernote everyday, mainly as a brain dump and an electronic journal, a place to store all the inspired thoughts I inevitably have when I’m no where near my desk.
I’ve been a Google Docs user since I started working for myself, and I still love it. I use it for word documents, spreadsheets (my favourite) and surveys. It’s especially great for collaborating with clients.
I love Dropbox for piece of mind that everything important is backed up. I keep pretty much everything in there or Google Docs, nothing is stored just on my computer. My aim is to be as paperless as possible so I use the scan feature to upload important letters and receipts rather than keep them.
Dropbox also has a handy option to back up your phone pictures automatically, which I like.
My word of the year this year is consistency! One of the things I want to be more consistent at is Instagram, and this tool really helps. It allows you to plan out your feed in advance (I try to get a few days ahead if I can) and keep groups of hashtags ready for when you post.
Related post: All my favourite social media scheduling tools.
Since I was recommended Freeagent (by ace designer Jennie from Sunside Studio), I haven’t looked back. I used a spreadsheet and Harvest before but this is 100 times better for both invoicing and accounting. The time tracking part is a bit lacking though, so I use Toggl for that instead.
Last year I started planning out my day a lot more strictly in my calendar (I use iCal, but I know lots swear by Google Calendar). I find having mini deadlines throughout the day helps keep me on track, and I also plan in lunch and a walk, so I’m more likely to take it!
Related post: How I become (a little bit) more productive.
These last two are a bit different, although not strictly related to digital marketing or business, they definitely help me work more efficiently.
It’s taken me about six months to really get into it, but I’m starting to look forward to my dailyish 10 minutes on Headspace. I also recently read the excellent book 10% Happier, which I’d really recommend if you’re wondering what the point of it all is!
I love yoga but I find it hard to get motivated to commit to an hour at a time. This app is perfect because I can do 15 minutes before or after work – which in my mind is much better than doing nothing.