Tools of the Trade

I thought I might offer up a list of the tools I use on a daily basis to keep my life moving. To some it may seem like a long list, to others it may be lacking. (though, on occasion I may add a new piece of software here and there, but usually I end up ditching them for these trusty standards.)

Hardware: (Things you can touch, hold, tear, drop and break.)

Iphone- Always with me. Actually do most of my work on this.

iPad Mini- This has quickly become my “go to” piece of hardware. Love the size of the Mini. Take it everywhere (work related) with me. I’ve decided if I can’t do it on this… I’ll just figure out how I can.

MacBook Air- Favorite laptop ever.

Neuyear CalendarBest wall calendar you can buy. Love the design/layout.

Action JournalI’m 99% paperless in what I do (this was not an easy task to accomplish. Removed all paper and pens from my office for 2 months to make this a habit), but when the need arises, this is what I write in.

Bible- HCSB Version on my desk, NLT in my bag, NKJV & Amplified next to my bed. I’m always trading out on which version I prefer.

Software: (Things I run on the things you can touch, hold, tear, drop or break)

EvernoteThis is my brain on tech. Everything goes in it and nothing gets done without it. It took me awhile to figure out the most effective way to use it, but the system I’ve used the last 2 years seems to work great. (I think I could probably teach a class on using this tool, but that seems like a lot of work since there is so much quality training already available.)

Logos Bible SoftwareBest Bible Software period.

IA WriterIf I’m not writing it in Evernote, I’m writing it here. (then transferring it to Evernote) I’ve tried several “distraction free” writing apps. This has become my favorite. (followed by Writeroom.) I write all my email newsletters, blog posts, notes from church services/meetings that I don’t want to use Evernote so I’m not tempted to work on other things. (writing this post in IA Writer now.)

WordPressMy preferred blogging/CMS system. Love working with it. (Tumblr is my close second on this.)

MS Outlook- Use this for church email/calendar.

Iphone Apps:

I have theory that a person really doesn’t need more than one screen of apps on there phone. Anything else is just distraction. (Seriously, take the time and see what apps you would keep if you were only able to use one screen hold them.)

Evernote- Same as above.

Logos- Same as above.

IA Writer- Same as above.

Tempo CalendarThe best calendar app I’ve found. Love how it handles appointments and MS Exchange accounts.

BufferAllows me to post to Twitter/Facebook/Google+ without falling down the rabbit hole of everyone else’s posts.

VSCOcamTake/Edit all my iPhone pictures with this app.

TweetbotFor when I want to see what my friends are posting. Love the way it handles Twitter’s lists function.

InstagramLove this app, though it can be a bit of a time suck if I’m not careful.

Text+Use this only to text with my daughter on her Kindle Fire.

Well, that’s about it. I’d love to hear what you think of the list above or get any suggestions you may have.

I’m the father to three, husband to one, Pastor at Gateway Church, and Director of The World Prayer Team.
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