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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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    Evernote

      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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                  Published on September 20, 2018

                  11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                  11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                  In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                  Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                  In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                  Minimizing Tabs

                  Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                  Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                  Incognito Mode

                  Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                  This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                  Save Webpages as PDF Files

                  Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                  Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                  Open Recently-closed Tabs

                  Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                  One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                  The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                  Solve Mathematical Problems

                  Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                  For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                  Play Media Files

                  Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                  In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                  Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                  With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                  Stay Focus(e)d

                  Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                  Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                  With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                  This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                  Grammarly for Editing

                  Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                  You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                  Loom

                  There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                  There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                  With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                  Chrome Calendar Extension

                  No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                  Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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