Podcast: Apple Watch Productivity Debate

Beyond the Todo List Episode #100


Thinking about getting an Apple Watch?

Listen to Episode #100 of Erik Fisher’s “Beyond the Todo List.”

Erik, myself, and Mike Vardy (of “The Productivityist“) debate the uses and productivity of the new Apple Watch.

I discuss many of the tasks that I currently employ with my Apple Watch, and Mike voices his concerns about how the Apple Watch can be a distraction. (Secretly, I think Mike is just jealous that he doesn’t have one yet… :P)

Productivity Kickstarter: The Week Dominator Planner

Week Dominator

Looking for a great paper-based planner?

Check out this Kickstarter project by my friend, Jesse Phillips. (He is the same guy behind the NeuYear calendars!)

His latest project is called the Week Dominator and it is a paper-based weekly planner. I love the structured view that also provides lots of flexibility for personal use.

If you prefer planning your week on paper, support this Kickstarter and get your own Week Dominator.

App of the Week: Speek

SpeekApp of the Week: Speek

Conference calls… we have all been on that call.

I have been testing a great new conference app that turns the traditional conference call on its head.

It’s called Speek. And it has changed the way I interact with conference calls.

Speek is available via a web interface. As well, there are iOS and Android apps. I have been initiating calls via the Speek app on my iPhone …and it works great. 

Here are some of Speek’s features… (more…)

App of the Week : Mindmup

mindmup 2App of the Week: Mindmup

I am a big fan of mind mapping to capture and explore new ideas. (See my previous post here.)

Mindmup is a new FREE and open source mind mapping app. It is HTML5 -based and runs in your browser.

What I like about Mindmup is that it is clean and simple. As they describe, it allows for frictionless capture of ideas and projects. It is not bloated with unneeded features. The UI stays out of your way and lets you get your ideas out.

Mindmup saves to the cloud and provides Google Drive integration. You can share your maps with others, and even embed them in your website.

If you are looking for a free and quick way to create a mind map, try out Mindmup.

App of the Week: Coffitivity

CoffitivityApp of the Week: Coffitivity

I wanted to let you know about a great little app called Coffitivity. (Thanks to +Jess for showing it to me.)

Coffitivity makes background noise to help you stay on task and concentrate. It generates the ambient noise of a coffee shop and helps you block out the distractions around you.

Ironically, I don’t hangout in coffee shops…. or drink coffee. Yet, I am addicted to this app.

I have it running in my headphones while I work and stream Spotify, as well.

Check out Coffitivity. It is a browser-based app currently, and there are mobile and desktop apps in development.

You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Limited-Edition Time Management Ninja T-Shirts!

TMN Shirt 2-2Limited Edition TMN Tees!

Just in time for summer, get your own Time Management Ninja limited-edition shirt.

These are being produced via Teespring and will be top-notch… printed on an American Apparel shirt.

Why TMN shirts…?

First, I get asked all the time where people can get a TMN shirt. (Like the one Chris Brogan wears sometimes….) But, even Chris doesn’t have this shirt. You can be one of the first.

Second, the proceeds from these shirts will help with future TMN projects such as the publishing of my new book. So, support a ninja and get a great shirt for yourself!

Third, they look really cool. (Of course, I may be biased…)

Great for the gym, writing your book, starting your business, or any other time you need some motivation! Get your own TMN shirt here.

App of the Week: Vesper

Vesper AppApp Recommendation of the Week: Vesper

Great note-taking app this week from John Gruber and the team at Q Branch.

It’s called Vesper. And it is a simple, minimalistic, and beautiful app to collect your ideas, notes, and pics.

It allows you to take notes and organize them by tags, which I find more efficient than constantly trying to file notes by folders, etc. It also allows you to attach pictures to notes, which can be very handy.

Vesper is vying against the Drafts App for me. Drafts is more feature rich and has markdown formatting. (Ironic, that Gruber’s app doesn’t support markdown… since he basically created it.)

One note: There is not currently any sync feature. No Dropbox, iCloud, or Evernote export. This is perhaps the one feature keeping me from switching to it full-time. Hope to see this added in a future release.

Are you looking for a clean and frictionless app to collect your ideas? Give Vesper a spin. I am currently using it to collect blog post ideas and topics for my next book.

Get Vesper in the App Store.

App of the Week: Workflowy

WorkFlowy IconApp Recommendation of the Week: Workflowy

It has been a while since I have written about Workflowy.

Workflowy is an online outlining and note taking app. You have to use it to truly appreciate how simple and slick it is.

The zoom in feature is still the killer.

I am working on some course outlines currently, and there is just something efficient about Workflowy’s outlines with which mindmaps can’t compete.

Workflowy has added some important new features in the recent months. Starred pages let you jump to your most important outlines quickly, and offline mode for their iOS apps makes Workflowy even more accessible while mobile.

You can read my previous post on Workflowy and I recommend checking out Workflowy on their site.

You just might outline everything in your life.