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If you’re here for recommended tools, resources, books, etc., you’re in luck! I absolutely LOVE recommending things to people, usually after obsessively checking ratings and reviews.

That being said, I do take my recommendations seriously. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with something I recommend to you, please let me know. I want to make sure that I’m recommending the very best things possible.

Heads Up: Affiliate Links

Please note that some links below (including all the ones to amazon.com) are affiliate links, meaning that, if you end up purchasing the linked item, I will receive a small amount of money (at no extra cost to you). That being said, I stand by the quality of these recommended resources and, if the idea of me getting a commission gives you the heebie-jeebies, feel free to look up the resource on your own through Google and purchase it that way! Even if I don’t receive any money, I still want you to try these things out!

 


Best Task Management Tool:

For Individuals: Todoist

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As productivity guru David Allen says, your brain is for having ideas, not storing them! Therefore, in order to keep track of everything I have to get done, I have found an external task management system absolutely indispensable. I’ve tried a TON of different task managers, but Todoist has been my favorite for a while now.

For Teams: Asana

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While it’s possible to use Todoist for team stuff, I prefer Asana. We used it at my previous church to run the youth ministry, and I currently use Asana to keep in sync with my Ph.D. supervisor. Try it out!


Best Notebook/Journal/Planner:

Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook – Dotted Pages

Leuchtturm1917

I use this notebook for a personal combination of the Bullet Journal method, Morning Pages journaling, and the 5-Minute Journal. It’s a step up, paper-wise from a Moleskine, yet still affordable – and I love the Medium/A5 size. Currently, I’m on my third one, which is “anthracite gray.” The first two were black, then navy blue. I prefer dotted pages, but they also have ruled and blank page options.


Best Pen:

Zebra F-701 Stainless Steel Ballpoint Retractable Pen

Zebra F-701

This is my “desert island” pen. It may not be the very best pen in the whole wide world, but I’m quite sure it’s the pen at the intersection of durability, versatility, and affordability. If you really want to, you can “hack” the F701 by putting in a better ink cartridge. But I’ve been perfectly happy with the standard Zebra refills.

Why include a pen on the recommendation list? Because thinking on paper is the way to go! You’ll need something to write with.


Best Password Manager:

LastPass

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In case you don’t already have and use a password manager, you should really really get one. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s an informative piece from Wired about why you need a password manager.

I started using LastPass a couple years back, and I haven’t looked back. My wife and I both share a premium account – installed on our internet browsers and phones.


Best Digital Note-taking Tool/File folder/Second Brain:

Evernote

I use Evernote primarily as my all-in-one digital file-cabinet – my “second brain,” as the company itself calls it. I’ve been paying for a premium subscription for a while now, but the free version is quite robust and worth checking out. As far as organizing my Evernotes goes, I’m currently using Michael Hyatt’s tag-based system, although I started off just using notebooks and stacks of notebooks.


Best Tool for Learning/Memory:

Anki (Flashcard Software)

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This is the tool I wish I knew about back in high school. Spaced repetition is a key to successful and time-efficient learning. And Anki bakes spaced repetition into flashcard reviews. I started using Anki, on the recommendation of Gabriel Wyner’s Fluent Forever, to learn German for my PhPh.D.rogram. However, the uses of Anki are virtually endless when it comes to learning. Granted, the learning curve is a bit steep, but check out Wyner’s guide to using Anki as a way of getting started.

(Note: as I mention in my list of favorite podcasts, Coffee Break German (and Radio Lingua’s other Coffee Break language courses) are also great language-learning tools!)


Other Tools Worth Trying:

Finally, this isn’t a tool, per se, but it IS one of the coolest collections of tool recommendations I know of: Cool Tools. Check the website out, and let me know what you find!