14th March, 2019 · 4 minute read
This is just a quick write up about the tools I use everyday for productivity, development, entertainment, etc. I've read through lots of these write-ups from people I follow and admire (Taylor Otwell, Freek Van der Herten, to name a couple) and now that I've developed a productive workflow of my own I'd like to write about it! It might also be cool in a couple of years (or months lol) to look back at what apps/tech I was using at the time.
Hardware I use, ordered by most valuable to me.
At the moment I'm a freelance software developer full-time, so these really are my most used tools.
Sublime was the first IDE I felt was extremely responsive and it's where I really embraced keyboard shortcuts. And since I first started using it it's been my go-to for all web development projects.
I think I learned this trick from Jeffrey Way of Laracasts; I've got iTerm hooked up to the tilde (~) key. Don't have to tab around for it, it's just one key away. I've also got Oh My Zsh installed. It has loads of handy features. I don't notice it that much, but I notice when I'm using a terminal without it.
I only very recently discovered Notion, but it has already replaced all the note taking apps in my life. I usually write blog posts on Notion as well, then copy the markdown to jack.kiwi.
Another handy app to have on a global shortcut. I used to use Trello to organise my projects but I've found that using a todo app based around deadlines encourages me to actually complete the tasks instead of staring at them on a board.
I really resisted using 1Password as it seemed like more hassle than it was worth. After seeing it mentioned all the time on Twitter as a 'necessary' app for anyone even remotely security conscious I buckled. Though I am very keen to buy one of the Yubico security keys and I'm looking forward to the adoption of WebAuthn!
For client projects the technologies used obviously depend on what's most appropriate for their requirements. For my personal projects this is my preferred stack.
I listen to music on Spotify for about 10 hours every weekday. Mostly house and dub, which I find is perfect for intense focus. According to Spotify Wrapped I spent 1,773 hours listening to music in 2018. I'm not sure if I'd recommend any of my playlists in particular, but they should all be public!
Another recent addition, Pocket Casts on iOS and desktop is brilliant. I follow lots of start-up, solo developer podcasts, yada, yada. I've also been into a few DJ podcasts which are nice to listen to while coding. Here's the full list:
I use my family's Netflix account and I do watch a lot of TV but I'm trying to cut down! Or at least be more selective. Some of my favourite shows are below:
I've never kept track of stuff like this before and I think it'll be interesting to see how my favourite tools change over time. If you want more detail about anything I've mentioned above, just give me a shout!