8 Tools Recommendations

A list of mobile and web applications that will help to increase your productivity and creativity in your daily life.

Most of the applications are using by me for a while and are known to many, but when I discussed this with my peers and I realized some of them don’t know the same. So I thought I can make this post to refer these applications for the unknown. So here is the list of the applications I found useful.

Notes Taking

  • Notion is an application that helps to create your systems for knowledge management, note-taking, data management, project management, among others. Highly recommended to one who cares about digital knowledge management for their personal and professional lives.

  • Google Keep is a free and quick easy note-taking service offered by Google. This will help you to keep your notes including your scribbles, grocery list, reminders, etc. Recommended if you need to take simple notes with a simple system. Remember, we cannot compare Notion with Google Keep as their functionality is very much different.

Desiging and Editing

  • Canva is a graphic design platform used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use, and I think this is the best tool for visual content creation.

  • Snapseed is a photo-editing application for iOS and Android that enables users to enhance photos and apply digital filters.

  • Image Optim is an efficient image compression tool that I use to compress the images for my websites.

Stock Photos

  • Unsplash for unlimited free images with a growing library of 20 million photos which I am highly recommending if you need to use photos for any of your purposes.
  • Pocket for saving articles and videos from the internet to read it later. Whenever you saw an article on the web and you don’t have the time to read it or you need it to save it for the future this is the best tool.

Productivity

  • Digital Wellbeing is an Android application to get a complete picture of your digital habits and disconnect when you want to.  

Please note that there are so many good alternatives for the above apps are available out there. I encourage you to search and try them by yourself to find the best one for you. I will try to keep this list updated with better tools, and you can check the tech I use if you are interested.


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Bino Kochumol Varghese

A software engineer who is a voracious reader and an active blogger.