I first discovered Zenkit about two years ago. I thought it was impressive and a notable contender in the project management space. As an individual user with (usually) no teammates or collaborators to share projects with, Zenkit gave me features I needed to visualize and organize work without being charged an arm and leg for them. There were however some areas that needed work and that kept me from switching entirely, such as the way the UI was designed and some slowness when using the Kanban view. Zenkit.com Last April, Zenkit published an announcement that they've redesigned the product from the ground up. We loved our old design, but it lacked a coherent structure, having been built upon bit by bit over the years. Each new . . .
Every single morning for the past four years I'd wake up, launch my browser and, like instinct, open and view my Trello boards. The boards list, 2019. It's one of the few apps I've habitually used for the majority of my working life. I use it for everything and anything that requires focus and organization: travel plans, building this blog, the online store to pair with it after, and personal projects dating back to 2014. Trello and I have gone a long way back (August 2013), and it continues to be my go-to Kanban app when I need to visualize any journey from start to finish. It's seen me through the ups and downs, have stood by as I tried other productivity tools, from GTD to Gantt to project management to other Kanban apps. . . .
I've always loved creating and managing projects, but I've yet to find the project management tool that I'd stick with for the rest of my life. Each PM tool I’ve signed up for has their strengths and limitations. And with every one of these tools I had to adjust the way I plan and manage to fit within their limitations. Todoist was fast and simple with ticking things off the list, but managing the work that needs to be done for that task is always messy business on the app. Trello is ideal for all things kanban, but kanban itself doesn’t really feel like I’m completing a project. Like a neverending waterfall of tasks and processes. Asana—well, I just deactivated my account five seconds ago. Mindmeister and its brother . . .
It was on the third week of May 2017 when I decided to change my lifestyle. I wanted to lose weight, be more active, and prevent myself from becoming sick. Unfortunately leaving the house and going to the gym wasn't an option for me yet. My 3-year old son throws gargantuan tantrums when he knows I'm leaving that it's impossible to say goodbye without stress. Instead, I decided to browse through fitness apps on the App Store to see if I could work out while at home. It was a tough choice considering there are thousands of weight loss and fitness apps, but I eventually started my fitness journey with an app called 8fit. The first thing that drew me to 8fit was the visual queues that came with the workouts. As someone who hasn't done . . .
Things was one of those Mac apps I kept in my App Store wish list for a loooooong time. It's pretty, looked useful, and was expensive as fuck ($59.99 or P2,490). What made Things so popular though was how LOOOONG it took for Cultured Code to build features and release updates for the app. The update from Things to Things 2 took four years, and the time it took to build Things 3 afterwards was even longer. In fact, Things' cloud service took about two years, I think? So last May 18, Cultured Code released version 3. Everyone who loved Things went nuts. Those who knew about the company's notorious roadmap wrote a lot of press about it. After a careful 20-30 minutes thinking about it, I jumped on the Things 3 bandwagon myself. I . . .
I grew up in a household that loves playing games. Board games, video games, computer games. Anything that has great objectives or a good storyline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioSaPJHxSkU As a child, I would watch my parents battle it out on our now-ancient Playstation 1. They loved Space Invaders in particular. My dad, however, enjoys other games such as Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey, Crash Bandicoot, and Tomb Raider. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ4G6WNeNNg&t=26s I loved watching him play, but would hide behind his back whenever jump scares or boss levels came up. "Talawit!" he'd exclaim, laughing. My dad encouraged us to play games. I remember how he'd persist with our search across the city for a second copy of . . .
Back when I needed some sense of organization to my phone, I used to have a folder for apps that I like using to pass the time—"Time Suckers," for a lack of a better name for it. In it are my favorite social media apps + this one gem that makes idle time both fun and meaningful: Kickstarter. I'm a huge fan of the crowdsourcing platform and have already backed seven projects since becoming a member three years ago. I only discovered the mobile app last year and enjoy using it whenever there's an exciting project to back that can't wait till I sit down at my keyboard. I'm currently using Kickstarter for iOS and have since placed it among my favorite apps because of how often I use it. There is an Android version available for . . .
Just minutes after launching my latest guidebook, I realized that none of the hyperlinks inside the PDF document worked. They were just blue-colored underscored text resembling links. They were supposed to take the reader to help articles, references, and other useful content related to the topic. I searched through three-year old forum threads and two-year old blog posts that came up on the Google search, but couldn't find a working solution for my problem. Luckily, I didn't give up too easily. A Chrome app to save the day A single post on a Mac-related forum pointed out that I could use a Google Drive app to upload the Word document and save as a usable PDF. While the suggested app wasn't available anymore, I discovered a . . .
"Modern" can mean many things to many people. For me, it's really just about how technology has changed the way we learn, write, and publish works. I've always been an old-fashioned pen-and-paper kind of writer, but I love using digital tools and apps to write or improve my writing. I keep several of these apps within reach and have discovered a few new ones while searching for tools to use. Here are nine writing apps and tools that modern writers can use to discover ideas, write, collaborate, and publish their own writing projects. 1. Draft (Free) I wrote this post using Draft. It's a web app that enables you to focus on writing; share and collaborate with others; and publish your work to your chosen platforms. I used to think . . .