If you know me, you know that this list won’t be your typical. I don’t care which software most people use. But I do have some thoughts on the matter as it applies to doing business. See, that’s always been the angle. I’m not into the tech. I’m into what the tech helps us DO. And to that end, I do have some opinions on what you should fire up on your phone and tablet and laptop and use more often.
This list isn’t especially all-encompassing. It’s just a list of the stuff I use more often than not to keep my business and life afloat. You’re welcome to your own lists. 🙂
Best Apps and Software of 2014 – So I Say
Personal Messaging – Whatsapp. There’s a reason Facebook bought this for over a billion dollars. It allows great 1-1 messaging (text, voice, photo, and video), plus you can have little small group messages, as well. It’s powerful as a “quick connect” kind of interaction, just a bit more robust than SMS text messaging but not as bothersome as a full-on phone call.
Personal Media – Instagram. Facebook bought these guys for over a billion, too. I’ve loved Twitter for years (and it still definitely has its uses), but Instagram feels warmer, if you make it that way. Give the people who follow you a sense of your larger life and interests and you’ll grow your connections in very useful ways.
Blogging – Rainmaker. WARNING: I’m biased, and THAT is an affiliate link. Rainmaker rides on top of WordPress. It covers hosting, security, SEO, site maintenance, a podcasting platform, private community platform, email list management integration, and tons more. Once you get it designed up all pretty-like, it’s amazing how hands-off the “guts” of this can be. (This site runs on Rainmaker.)
Project Management – Trello. I’ve used a lot of different project management software briefly and abandoned it. For whatever reason, Trello seems to work the perfect middle ground of being super easy to use and still powerful enough to manage what I need for it to do.
Documents/Office – Google Docs and Drive. All my businesses run on Google Apps and Google Drive. Nuff said.
File Management – Dropbox. Do we even have to talk about this?
Small Notes – Google Keep. Now, for Android, the mobile app is amazing. If you’re on iOS, well, no good. You can also access this via the desktop. I use Keep daily to remind myself of things (personal mantras) plus to jot instant notes for later.
Bigger Notes / Offloaded Brain – Evernote. It just keeps getting better. I don’t even feel like I need to talk to you about it.
Graphics/Photo Editing – Picmonkey. I use this app every day. It’s desktop only (For mobile, I use Over), and with the premium version, it handles everything I throw at it.
Health/Diet – MyFitnessPal. This app is part of the technology behind how I’ve lost and kept my weight off. Sure, I have to do all the hard work, but by keeping track of my eating choices, I’m able to make better decisions throughout the day. This works on your desktop as well as on your phone. Diet is 80% of the weight loss journey. MyFitnessPal is a great way to make that work.
Tunes – Spotify. Yes, the artists get paid. It’s a lot more useful than storing all my files somewhere and having to shove them back and forth over devices. And if a playlist is super important to me, because I’m a premium user, I can download those songs.
I’m sure there are more
But those are the apps and software that I use more than not. I spent a lot of time and effort inside all of those over 2014, and I’m sure that 2015 will see the same happening. And as always, thanks for visiting chrisbrogan.com. I appreciate your thoughts.