Learning the best techniques, tools and apps to do your job is a personal journey we’re all taking. I thought I’d cover the tools I use in content creation and hope you might find some useful.
And, having subscribed to shotkit.com for photography inspiration – here’s a shot of my kit.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Current computers: HP Probook laptop, 2014 Mac Pro (when our designer is off site), 2011 Sony Vaio touch VPC at home.
Current mobile devices: IPad Air, iPad 3 and Sony Xperia
Z1 Z3 (a Christmas upgrade from Spark – waterproof and 20.1 megapixels of goodness with 4K video. Backups? = Z1, HTC SV and Samsung S2).
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
APPS for WORK
- Evernote – for storing ideas, lists, research and contacts. I pay to have it auto save and back up – It comes in handy when you’re using it on multiple mobile devices.
- Google Now – for finding the quickest public transport to my destination and recommending photo opportunities and new restaurants. Then the Auckland Transit app (far more accurate and useful than the Auckland Transport app and with all the functionality that it misses).
- Foursquare (and the annoying sibling forced upon us – Swarm), for verifying the restaurant/destination is good and grabbing discounts
- Email (OWA 365 and Gmail).
- Trello for managing my blog, and work workflow and prioritisation of my backlog. I even have a ‘Home’ work board, for my DIY and home maintenance tasks.
- Instagram– because I’m passionate about photography and know “the best camera is the one you have with you?”
- SoundCloud – for recording thoughts
- Dragon dictate – fantastic when you have to get something down on paper faster than you can type it.
APPS for SOCIAL MEDIA
Buffer, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, GPlus and Facebook (but Facebook only on my iPads so I can concentrate on my other feeds during the day).
APPS for BLOGGING
APPS for LEARNING
Last, but most important – Feedly – for consuming RSS feeds.
Zite, Flipboard and Swayy try to be my filters for new content although I rarely open them.
I do however skim read the newsletters from CMInstitute, Econsultancy, BCM what’s next and Fraggle when they arrive.
What’s your workspace like?
I live in Torbay and Waiake is my nearest beach where I work from home if it’s good weather – or on the couch at home.
I walk every lunch hour for the full hour
I telecommute on occasion but work is based in Newmarket, surrounded by three dormant volcanoes, Mount Eden, Saint John and Hobson. Each providing a good lunch hour stroll with enough incline to get the heart going and the mind refreshed.
I walk every lunch hour for the full hour and listen to podcasts.
At work I rotate from – my laptop sitting desk – to a Mies van der Rohe seat – to a stand up desk with my iPad.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack?
Perform a stand up twice a day. Review what you’re doing, what’s working, what’s not and what you’ll adjust for tomorrow.
What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else? Simplifying.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Trello.
What do you listen to while at work? My colleague switches us through gangster rap and hard rock radio stations each day and I have a few DJs I switch to on SoundCloud like DJ Theresa when I’m in a creative flow state or Brazilian Samba or a
What are you currently reading? Good To Great having just finished
- Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
- The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle(this is great as an audio book – Steven reads it and it’s very motivational).
- And Tony Hsieh’s story of Zappos Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose (an awesome story – awesome company).
What’s your sleep routine like? To bed at around 22:00 or 23:00 and awake at 05:20 each day. On the weekends I get to bed when I tire (a little earlier usually if we’ve had a good day at the beach).
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
It doesn’t matter what you study at university, college or school, you’re just there to learn ‘how to learn’ the best you can. Get good at that, and everything else gets better. – David Allen (my grandfather).
Anything else you want to add? Dan Miller put the notion of teamwork well in a podcast I discovered this week. A Clydesdale can pull 8 tonnes alone but as a pair they can pull 24, and with training 32 tonnes.
Fill in the Blank: I’d love to see BLANK answer these questions. I’d love to see Dan, Anya, AJ, Simone, Scot and Chuck answer these questions.