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6 Apps That Make You a More Productive Freelance Writer

6 Apps That Make You a More Productive Freelance Writer

As a writer and an active blogger I understand the importance of efficiency, speed, and productivity. There are deadlines to meet, an interesting audience, and clientele to satisfy, so making sure I am productive and efficient at what I do is very important. Thankfully, I have some tools that serve me right in making sure I am getting the job done. I am sharing these resources to make sure other writers can also be informed about such apps that could also really help them improve their productivity. Just click on these headlines below to get the app for yourself and see what I mean.

Write

Write is relatively new, as their Cloud version kicks off mid-summer of 2015. However, there is already a free version of the app which can be downloaded here. What makes Write really cool is that it has a mixture of rich-text functionality of Microsoft Word, the productivity tools of hacker-oriented Sublime, a Zen-like distraction-free experience, and the note-taking capabilities available on Evernote. It is like a combination of several tools all in one. With Write you can create anything from article length pieces to short story sized pieces. You can even do your research and make grocery shopping lists with this multi-use app.

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I really can’t wait for the Cloud version which promises a beautiful dark UI theme and distinctive text styles to match. This would give your documents a classy bookish or modern web-ish look.

WriteChain

What makes WriteChain really cool is that it is simple to use and user friendly. Since WriteChain is free, it doesn’t come with anything fancy like hidden editors or quotes. It is simply a tool that helps writers track their word count on the go. If you are a writer committed to setting daily goals and targets then you’ll need an app that will make you aware and accountable of accomplishing this. That’s why WriteChain will be very helpful. It takes every writing session by counting consecutive daily sessions to measure your “writing chain.” If at any time you skip a session, WriteChain informs you about it.

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Manuscript

While there are many apps that relates to writing and improving your ability, Manuscript helps more intense writers such as book writers to get more out of their work. It offers word count and page count information and supplies you with a Dropbox support. Manuscript is not selective about your document type or size, you can upload any document to it for editing.

iThoughts

Currently regarded as one of the best mind-mapping tool on iOS, iThought is beautiful and easy to use. iThought helps you visually organize your thoughts, information, and ideas. You can use this tool across several devices from your iPhone to your iPad and be more productive. While working on meeting outlines, project planning, and taking reading notes, iThought can offer you sophisticated and usable tools for mind mapping.

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Daedalus Touch

Daedalus Touch was designed to make editing and file organization more fun. It is able to import files or folders from Dropbox, WebDAV, and Box.com. It can even open zipped text files. You could also export documents as single or multiple sheets, or entire stacks of sheets. The export options available include emailing as TXT, PDF, RTF, zip archive, creating an ePub ebook file, printing, converting Markdown styles, copying to the iOS clipboard, or opening documents in other iOS apps.

iaWriter

If you frequently write online, you’ll have to deal with formatting. This can be time consuming. However with iaWriter you can use a markup language to format the posts for html. iaWriter helps you to focus on the more important task of writing rather than on other unpleasant distractions. It also syncs with Dropbox and iCloud if you prefer to write on other platforms.

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Certainly this list is not exhaustive since there are other killer apps out there to get you going and improve your efficiency. Still, it cannot be over-emphasized how important it is to get the right tool to help double on your productivity.

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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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