By the time I get through all my emails, my social media posts, and my to-do lists, I have little energy for writing. Over time, I’ve found some great writing apps that help me manage time and tasks, keep and organize my ideas, and create harmony out of chaos. Here are the writing apps I love, that I wouldn’t want to give up, despite their cost. All of them offer free trial periods so that you can make sure they’re right for you.
TomatoTimer is a productivity timer based on the Pomodoro Technique. Set a task and work on it for 25 minutes at a time, taking a short, 5-minute break between each Pomodoro and a longer, 10-minute break every 4 Pomodoros. I’m using it now, and it works.
Annual Subscription: $69.99, 15-day free trial
Focus@will combines neuroscience and music to reduce distractions and energize your brain. Unlike the music you put on your mobile device for relaxing or working out, these tunes have been remixed and tested to specifically help you focus better. I have used this app for more than three years, and I’m often surprised at how productive I am when I’m listening, especially when combined with the Pomodoro technique. Choose your preferred style and energy level and prepare to create!
Annual Subscription: $59-$99-$299
I’ve used SaneBox for less than a month, and I already don’t know what I ever did without it. Its algorithm learns what email is important to you sorts the rest to look at later (tomorrow, next week, a specified date and time, or snooze), to put it back in your inbox when the time comes. You can train it to archive email, put it in a news folder, bulk folder, or a black hole folder to unsubscribe and trash immediately. I really appreciate the NoReplies folder which tracks emails I’ve sent that haven’t been replied to yet. There are all kinds of other cool features like moving attachments to cloud storage (like DropBox), forward to Evernote or Expensify (or wherever), executive assistant access, and connection to your social network so its algorithms can learn more about who is important to you.
Annual Cost: $120
Hootsuite is a social media management tool that has saved me hours, days, and weeks by consolidating my social media tasks. I can post (and schedule posts) to up to 10 of my social media properties from anywhere on the web with their Hootlet browser extension. It offers offer analytics, a URL shortener, RSS integrations, and content suggestions. I used to use Buffer and grew out of it, and wish I had just started with Hootsuite in the first place. I find the interface easy to use and understand. I like the ability to respond to followers in the app, too.
Annual Subscription: Free to $65
Feedly is an RSS feed reader that organizes blogs and any content that has an RSS feed into one place. You organize it as you wish, basically creating a nice, clean magazine from blogs, keyword alerts, YouTube channels, and publications to read at your leisure. Feedly helps keep me up to date and “feeds” me news to share with my social networks using HootSuite.
Annual Subscription: Free, $34.99, $69.99
Whenever you think of something, want to clip something, keep something, or look up something you forgot, just go to Evernote. I use the premium $69.99 annual plan. With the mobile app, you can snap and organize photos. It recognizes business cards and automatically puts them in your contacts. At this point, I just snap a photo of people’s cards and let them keep the paper copy. It also notes the place and date, so it’s easier to look them up later. You know all those free downloads you get on the web? You can put those in Evernote, too, to browse at your leisure. You can also share your notes. Evernote syncs across your devices so you can access it anywhere online or off.
I reviewed Grammarly in an earlier post on practical editing software. I use it to proofread all my writing, and I also like the way it follows me around the web to check my WordPress blog posts, my Google Docs, Gmail, and comment and feedback forms on others’ blog posts and articles. It also corrects my social media posts and comment fields on others’ posts. Because I am a professional writer, it is embarrassing when I make basic spelling and grammatical errors in quick, social media posts and emails, so I especially appreciate this feature.
Are These Writing Apps Worth the Price?
Let’s add up the cost of these apps.
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Are they worth it? Yes. If I can produce more quality writing in less time, they easily pay for themselves.
What apps can’t you live without? Please let me know in the comments, below.
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