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8 Best Apps To Capture Your Inspiration

8 Best Apps To Capture Your Inspiration

Inspiration is critical to completing new projects, but we never know when it is going to hit us. Remember that time you were in the bathroom and you discovered the perfect way to reorganize your laundry room? Everything was looking great until you got to the laundry room and realized you had completely forgotten your brilliant plan. With these apps, you will never waste time trying to recall your awesome plans again.

1. Todoist

This app is great for listing all that stuff you’ve got to do. If you think of a great solution to the laundry room chaos, you can whip out this little sucker and list out all of the tasks needed to accomplish your vision. This app allows you to assign a priority level to the task, schedule it for a specific completion date, and add notes to any one task. Take that burst of energy from your moment of inspiration and immediately translate it into actionable steps.

Todoist

    2. Evernote

    Evernote is a note taking program. This app enables you to quickly write down, either in handwriting or traditional typing, whatever ideas strike you. Just open up a new note, throw those award winning ideas down, pop the note in the most relevant notebook and BAM inspiration captured. You can add tags to your notes to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for later on. This program also comes with handwriting recognition technology. So, all of your handwritten notes instantly become searchable. Additionally, you can snap pics, add links, and set reminders to notes.

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      3. Feedly

      This RSS reader is a great way to organize all your online reading. Rather than traveling to the website to each of your favorite blogs, you can collect them all in RSS format on your Feedly account. The interface is simple and you can easily share and save articles you find particularly inspirational. Combine this information collection tool with Evernote and you can tag those inspirational articles and connect them up to your relevant work.

      Feedly

        4. Pocket

        This Google chrome browser extension and mobile app allows users to grab any online content and save it for later. This is an awesome feature if you are browsing the web at work and you just don’t have time to check out that interesting video, like the most inspirational TED talks found here, at this precise moment. Just throw it into your Pocket and you can check it out when you’ve got more time.

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        Pocket

          5. SimpleMind

          This Android app is a great way to map out your most inspirational ideas. If you are a visual learner, this is a great way to easily see your web of ideas and exactly how they connect together. You can customize the experience with various connection and node designs.

          Simple Mind

            6. Ember

            This tool allows you to save screenshots, snap webpages, draw directly onto images, and it even syncs with Dropbox. One advantage Ember has over Evernote is its drawing tools. As you draw directly onto images, the program automatically detects the presence of any basic shapes such as boxes or circles. The program than converts your hand drawing to the computer generated shape.

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            Ember

              7. A Novel Idea

              Perfect for those who love telling stories, this app allows the user to plot your story and record your inspiration anywhere. You can play around with rearranging scenes, developing characters, and quickly see key elements of your story. This little app is fantastic for everyone from professional writers to those composing a creative piece for their teachers.

              A Novel Idea

                8. Autodesk Sketchbook

                This professional grade drawing app is great for both generating and capturing inspiration. Sometimes the best way to loosen up our minds is through a little creative expression. With this app you can easily unleash your creativity. The excellent range of tools and color options allows you to create whatever your heart desires. Even if your artistic skills remain at stick figure expert, you can express your most recent inspiration visually.

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                Autodesk Scketchbook

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                  Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                  Joe’s Goals

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                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                    Daytum

                      Daytum

                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                      Excel or Numbers

                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                        Evernote

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                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                          Access or Bento

                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                            Conclusion

                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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