The Focus Journal is not meant to replace your awesome digital productivity tools but it is designed to complement them! Here is a list of our favourite digital tools to use with The Focus Journal.
1. Shift App
This one if for those of you who always end up with too many open tabs and window and get tired of going from one to the next. You just opened the same google doc 5 times and you are using two separate browsers to try to organize everything in a logical manner.
Shift is a desktop app that gathers all your different web apps and accounts in 1 place! Emails, virtual drives, CRM apps etc... Shift integrates with lots of different apps like Google accounts, Slack, Streak (see below), Mailchimp, Instagram. It's not only a time saver but it helps me declutter my brain when everything I need is in front of my eyes. Try it for yourself!
You need to follow up with too many people, you get asked the same questions multiples times, and you just need a better way to manage all your email communications.
Streak integrates with gmail and with shift (see above). It allows you to create visual sales pipelines right from Gmail and reminders to follow up with your potential clients. It also includes lots of email features like:
3. Scheduling: Google Calendar + YouCanBook.me + Cally.com
For people who have lots of meetings and calls to schedule
Google calendar is the most powerful calendar tool we know! It makes it very easy to schedule video calls, add notes to your meetings, manage different calendars, and best of all, it integrates with so many ticketing and event booking platforms. Just bought a flight? It's already in your google calendar along with the booking confirmation and indicates the different time zones!
YouCanBook.me allows you to publicly display your availability and let people book times that works in your calendar. This avoids waisting time going back and forth trying to find a time that works for the both of you.
For even larger group meetings, use a tool like cally.com (doodle or when is good work too, but we found cally.com to be the most professional looking one).
4. On the go: Google Keep Phone app
For people with lots of notes on the go. Google keep allows you to tag different notes, add images, or recordings.
As a google app, it definitely has the advantage of integrating so well with your different google accounts. We like how simple and quick it is to start a new list or check off items.
Of course, the desktop version is also good, but we find it most useful as a phone app.
5. Asana/ Monday/ Trello
Project management for teams. Honestly, we're having a difficult time picking the best one as they all have pros and cons and it really depends on how your brain works. However, so far we've sticked with Asana the longest because it integrates with shift (see above) and having all your web apps in one place makes things so much easier!
Adding team members and assigning tasks to them is a key feature is all these apps. They make it easy to see the bigger picture and know what is going on at each level of any given project.
For quick and easy graphic layouts! Need to create a business card, instagram ad, or resume in under 20 minutes? Canva is web based and is free!
Thousands of free starter templates that you can easily customize. Canva is much easier to learn than photoshop or In Deisgn and best of all, your files can be accessed from anywhere! We categorized it as a productivity app because creating designs is so quick and easy!
Where does the focus journal fit in all of this?
Good news: you can definitely use Focus Journal and still use all of these digital apps!
As you saw, each app has a specific purpose. The Focus Journal's purpose is to give you the off screen breaks that you need to refocus your attention because going 100% digital will give you digital fatigue and exhaust your brain.
Research has also proven countless times that hand writing has many benefits including retaining information and problem solving and it is also way more satisfying to check things off your To Do list with a pen!
The Focus Journal keeps things simple and has lots of room for your notes. It also has space for writing your gratitude or positive affirmations and track your positive habits everyday to help you achieve mindful productivity.
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